Baptist Press Archive

Friday, March 27, 1998

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  • Hunger fund gifts rise as Baptists increase emphasis on world hunger

    by Steven S. Nelson , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-Strengthened commitment by Southern Baptists to combat world hunger is reflected in gifts to the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund, which increased by nearly $1 million dollars in 1997, for a total of $7,966,663, an increase of 14.8 percent over 1996.

    While celebrating the increase, Southern Baptist workers plan to do more and hope others will want to participate in 1998 as they reach out to touch the world's hungry and hurting.

    Amidst a furor of media attention this ... Read More

  • 6-member youth group nurtures prayer for SBC in Salt Lake City

    by Art Toalston , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (BP)-They're just six in number.

    Yet, in the heart of Mormon country, these seventh- and eighth-graders and their bivocational youth director are laying a prayer foundation for the churches of Utah and Idaho for this June's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting and Crossover evangelistic thrust in Salt Lake City.

    "People need prayer," said Bethany Edwards, a seventh-grade youth group member at First Baptist Church, Brigham City, Utah. By helping others in prayer, "the... Read More

  • American Airlines to ground marketing plans for homosexuals

    by Dwayne Hastings , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)-- After a year-long campaign to dissuade American Airlines from its aggressive support of homosexual organizations and activities, pro-family leaders announced March 23 the airline would back off its pro-homosexual marketing strategy.

    Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land, who worked with other evangelical groups in pressuring American Airlines President Robert Crandall to modify his company's marketing strategy, commended the airl... Read More

  • Chapman recommends Texas attorney for SBC Executive Committee slot

    by Herb Hollinger , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Texas attorney D. August "Augie" Boto will be recommended as vice president for convention policy/staff counsel for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, according to Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer.

    Boto's recommendation, with Executive Committee officers' endorsement, will be considered by the full committee at its next regular meeting June 8 just prior to the SBC annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

    Chapman told Baptist Press he ... Read More

  • Baptist schools win both NAIA championships for first time

    by Nedra Kanavel , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--This year's NAIA Division I national championship tournaments saw several firsts. For the first time ever, Union University's Lady Bulldogs won the national championship. The men's basketball team of Georgetown College claimed its first national championship. Thus, for the first time, Southern Baptist schools won both the men's and women's NAIA Division I national championships.

    Union finished its season with a 35-3 record; Georgetown was 36-3.

    Union University, the tour... Read More

  • Kanavel is Union University's director of news and information.

    by John Loudat , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)-New Mexico and Glorieta Baptist Conference Center officials have expressed strong displeasure with the content of a recent state-sponsored conference held at the conference center and have committed themselves to intensify efforts to avoid similar incidents in the future.

    At issue is the content of and comments made during a "Project Respect" conference March 5-7 at the Southern Baptist conference center east of Santa Fe.

    KFLQ "Family Life" radio's Santa Fe correspondent,... Read More

  • Churches open doors to kids needing help with homework

    by Whitney Von Lake Hopler , posted Friday, March 27, 1998 (20 years ago)

    SEAFORD, Del. (BP)--When Keturah "Sha-Sha" Sharp heard that Grace Baptist Church, Seaford, Del., was starting a program to help local kids with their homework, he quickly decided.

    "When I couldn't do my homework right, I decided to come to get some help so I wouldn't flunk out, so I could get a good education," the 13-year-old recounts.

    That was in spring 1996, and Sha-Sha still comes to the sessions, which often feature crafts and sports after the homework is done. "I enjoy getting the hel... Read More