Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, April 22, 1999

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  • SBC leaders lament ‘moral meltdown’ of families, media’s

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Heartbreak over the “moral meltdown” of America and its families and over the media’s “barbaric glorification” of violence has been voiced by two key Southern Baptist leaders in the wake of the melee at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 15 people dead April 20.

    Reactions to the tragedy were issued April 22 by Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Comm... Read More

  • ERLC’s Land counters authors’ view that Christian right has 

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The Christian right has failed in its 20-year effort to reverse moral decline in the society and should try a more biblical strategy, columnist Cal Thomas and pastor Ed Dobson say in a new book -- to which Southern Baptist ethics leader Richard Land has countered that America would be much worse off were it not for the efforts of evangelicals in the public square.

    Thomas and Dobson, one-time leaders in the now-defunct Moral Majority, contend in their book, “Blinded by M... Read More

  • Prom night counsel offered to teens, parents in HomeLife

    by Heather Price Lawrence, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Is prom night an evening of romance or trouble?

    That's a question asked in the April 1999 issue of HomeLife magazine, which quotes one youth expert as saying the "pressure to perform sexually ... is often a part of prom night protocol."

    Bob DeMoss, author of the book “Learn to Discern,” warns that many teens lose their virginity in the midst of prom activities because there is an expectation for sexual "payback" due to the financial costs of this once-in-... Read More

  • YouthLink 2000 advance planning locks up valuable millennial venues

    by Celeste Pennington, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--First MTV, then the Church of Scientology requested space last year for new millennium celebrations at the Tampa Ice Palace, a beautiful venue overlooking Tampa Bay. Because YouthLink 2000 already had the 20,000 capacity dome under contract, each group was turned away.

    As the dawn of the millennium approaches, the foresight of YouthLink 2000 planners has left them in an enviable position among millennial party-planners -- many of whom have been left waiting in the wings ... Read More

  • N.C. leader reportedly offered First Baptist, Dallas, pastorate

    by Herb Hollinger, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--First Baptist Church in Dallas, without a pastor for 18 months, has apparently offered the job to the president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, a pastor in High Point, N.C.

    According to media outlets in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Mac Brunson, senior pastor of Green Street Baptist Church, High Point, has been offered the Dallas post but has not yet given the church an answer.

    “I’ve not given them a reply,” Brunson told The Dallas Morning Ne... Read More

  • Love of the world equates to adultery, Jim Elliff says

    by Larry B. Elrod, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--"God has required of us our total affection," declared Jim Elliff, president of Christian Communicators Worldwide. "The Book of James says that if you love the world, it is the same as adultery."

    Using Matt. 6:19-24 as his text, Elliff spoke at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary April 20 stressing the need for believers to put earthly things in their proper place. In order to understand the passage, Elliff said a definition of the word treasure is necessary. “... Read More

  • Week’s emphasis urges ministers to consider church-planting careers

    by Joe David Smith, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--"There are few things in our life that are worth our life. The one thing that is worth our life is the kingdom of God," said a veteran church planter.

    Scott Weatherford, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, Victoria, Texas, challenged students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to be kingdom-minded, not career-focused, when planting churches and seeking church growth.

    Weatherford, an NOBTS alumnus whose church in southeastern Texas has grown from 38 to 1,750 in six ... Read More

  • Get rid of excess baggage, simplify, author advises

    by Heather Johnston Wicks, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Some women find it difficult to concentrate if their lives are disorganized.

    Kim Thomas, a poet, painter, songwriter and author from Nashville, Tenn., suggests they find some peace by getting rid of excess baggage. She's even written a Broadman & Holman book outlining how to do it.

    In “Simplicity: Finding Peace by Uncluttering Your Life,” Thomas uses biblical principles that women -- or men -- can use to free up their physical (or material), emotional and... Read More

  • Missionary Charles Hood shot to death in Colombia

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP)--Charles W. Hood Jr., a Southern Baptist missionary to Colombia, was shot and killed April 21 in front of his home in Bogota.

    Hood, 44, left the house about 3 p.m., apparently to go to the bank. His wife, Becky, said she heard a shout and a gunshot. When she ran from the house, she saw her husband on the ground and two men speeding away on a motorcycle.

    Neighbors immediately took the unconscious missionary to a nearby clinic. Workers there sent him to a hospital becau... Read More

  • Eisner: 'Boycotters' a splinter group with Nazi leanings

    by Dwayne Hastings, posted Thursday, April 22, 1999 (19 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.(BP)--The head of The Disney Company tossed more barbs at Southern Baptists supporting the boycott of the entertainment giant during a news program April 21.

    In an interview with the co-host of NBC's morning program "The Today Show," Michael Eisner said it was a "splinter group" of Southern Baptists who were withholding their financial support of Disney. In a "60 Minutes" interview last November, Disney President Eisner called Southern Baptists "nuts" for approving a resolutio... Read More