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Fla. Baptists respond as wildfires sweep state
STARKE, Fla. (BP)--Responding to raging wildfires Florida Baptists in the past weeks have opened their doors to fire suppression crews and residents of their communities, providing shelter, food and staging facilities.
While more than 163,000 acres have burned in more than 225 fires throughout Florida, the firestorm -- fueled by lightening strikes and arsonists in severe drought conditions -- forced evacuations and closed down major highways, causing traffic jams throughout Mother's Day weekend. Florida Baptist Convention leadership is calling for churches to pray for rain and has requested that congregations set aside Sunday, May 27, as a "Day of Prayer for Rain." Read More
Pelosi trying to defeat Mass. amendment
BOSTON (BP)--House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to help keep a proposed constitutional marriage amendment in Massachusetts off the 2008 ballot, The Boston Globe reported May 17, and her effort may be paying off. Read More
Chaplain nominee notes combat's heavinessWASHINGTON (BP)--For the first time since President Eisenhower and the Korean War, a Southern Baptist has been nominated to command the U.S. Army's 5,000 commissioned chaplains. Read More
Melinda Doolittle exits 'American Idol'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Across the board, music enthusiasts agreed Melinda Doolittle was the best singer in the "American Idol" competition this season, but she was voted off May 16, leaving Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis as the final contestants on the Fox reality show. Read More
Spiritual power is commissioning's theme
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--"Have you ever tried to do the work of God apart from the Spirit of God? It's not a good feeling, is it?" Tony Merida said during a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary missions commissioning service May 9.
It was the first such commissioning at NOBTS since Hurricane Katrina.
Merida, the seminary's new dean of the chapel, addressed the service during which 100-plus members of the seminary family were commissioned either for short-term or long-term missions. Some w... Read More
Focus on Jesus, Rankin tells seminarians
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--"I pray that through them we will see Your power unleashed among the nations," David Nelson prayed during the May 16 annual commissioning service at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Nelson, senior vice president of academic administration and dean of the faculty at Southeastern, prayed for seminarians from the Wake Forest, N.C., campus venturing across the globe this summer and fall.
As faculty members crowded around the students at the front of Binkle... Read More
Scholar to have several roles at SBTS
[IMG=20495@left@100]LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has added Michael A.G. Haykin to its faculty to help launch the seminary's new Ph.D. and D.Min. programs in biblical spirituality.
Haykin, a prolific author and noted scholar in areas of early church history, Baptist history and Christian spirituality, will join the faculty as professor of biblical spirituality and church history. He also will head the seminary's Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and will... Read More