Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, May 25, 2006

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  • New high: 81% say nation's moral values getting worse

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--More than eight in 10 Americans say the country's moral values are getting worse, although Democrats and Republicans differ greatly on what specifically is morally acceptable and what is morally wrong, a new Gallup poll shows. Read More

  • Student: Seniors united to acknowledge God at graduation

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

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    Seniors stand to read the Lord’s Prayer at Russell County (Ky.) High School in response to a judge’s earlier ruling against a prayer that would have been prayed by a classmate they had selected. Photo courtesy of the Russell County Times-Journal/Greg Well
    RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (BP)--The senior chosen by her classmates to pray at a graduation ceremony said she was not surprised when one student filed a lawsuit that led to a judge telling her she could not lead the graduates in prayer.

    Megan Chapman, now a graduate of Russell County High School in Russell Springs, Ky., told Baptist Press the student, who considers himself an atheist, had raised similar objections in the past, such as when the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes distributed fliers that included Bible verses.

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    Megan Chapman, stopped by a judge from praying at Russell County (Ky.) High School’s graduation, nevertheless spoke about God’s importance in her life.Photo courtesy of the Russell County Times-Journal/Greg Well

    “When I was told that I couldn’t say the prayer, I never really got frustrated because we’re in the world and not everything is going to go a Christian’s way,” Chapman said. “So I was not surprised that there were problems with this, although our school is in a Christian community.”

    Voluntary prayer had been a part of graduations at the school for decades without a complaint until May 16 when an anonymous graduating senior collaborated with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file a lawsuit claiming he was offended by graduation prayers. Read More

  • SBC EC officers vote to amend CP recommendations

    by Will Hall, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Pending approval by the full Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, two of nine recommendations to strengthen the Cooperative Program will be revised when they are presented to messengers at the SBC annual meeting next month, according to a May 26 announcement by the EC president and officers. Read More

  • IMB chairman recommends further restriction on trustee blogger

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    ALBUQUEQUE (BP)--International Mission Board trustee Wade Burleson of Enid, Okla., will continue to be restricted from holding committee assignments in light of a report of the board’s executive committee presented May 24 by trustee chairman Thomas Hatley of Rogers, Ark. Read More

  • Ninety-five new IMB missionaries exemplify God’s worldwide call

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP)--Ninety-five Southern Baptists were appointed as International Mission Board missionaries during a May 23 service at Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, N.M. The service was part of an IMB trustee meeting also held in Albuquerque, May 22-24. Read More

  • SWBTS community pulls together to help sick graduate’s family

    by Brent Thompson, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--If the measure of a community is found in how it cares for its weakest members, then Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary staff, students and their children excelled in helping one of their own move back home May 19. Read More

  • Special funds, tuition breaks aid seminarians’ return to N.O.

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Through every step of the recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Southern Baptists have walked alongside New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Thanks to the Cooperative Program and additional giving by churches and individuals, the move back to campus and the fall 2006 semester will be no exception. Read More

  • Garrard to serve NOBTS as VP of institutional advancement

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley has named NOBTS alumnus Jerry Garrard as the new vice president for institutional advancement, overseeing the development, alumni relations, church-minister relations and public relations offices. Read More

  • 232 graduate during SBTS’ outdoor commencement

    by Jeff Robinson, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Like the Apostle Peter, Christian ministers have been profoundly transformed by God’s grace and are called to display great courage in proclaiming the Gospel, R. Albert Mohler Jr. told 232 graduates during an outdoor commencement at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • TRUTH IN ART: God and the weather

    by Scott Lamb, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP)--News reports out of Kenya recently indicated that 10,000 people were left homeless by flooding from the Sabaki River. Too much water in the wrong place and at the wrong time has been the source of devastation throughout history. In 1927, the Mississippi River broke through 145 levees, flooding more land then the entire state of West Virginia. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Engaging the culture

    by L. Russ Bush, posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 (11 years ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--At the present time, naturalistic philosophy seemingly rules the West. Its influence filters down to us through government, the courts, the media, the arts and sciences, and the educational systems in general. The East certainly maintains its sense of multiple spiritual realities, but even the East is adopting western naturalism in science classrooms, and the people of Asia are increasing their consumption of naturalistic western media. Read More