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Monday, June 27, 2005

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  • Talk, uncertainty abound over when Graham crusades will end

    by Berta Delgado-Young, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    High notes in N.Y.


    Nic Gonzales, lead singer of the musical group Salvador, helped set forth the Gospel in music during the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade’s first night at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates


    NEW YORK (BP)--Was it or wasn't it Billy Graham's final crusade?

          For months, the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was billed as likely his last, or likely his last in North America, or his final "planned" crusade because of talk of an invitation from London. But, as always, the 86-year-old evangelist wasn't ready or willing to provide a definite answer.

          On Sunday, he said he'd been asked if this was his final crusade.

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    Graham in New York


    Evangelist Billy Graham, 86, addresses the opening night crowd of his crusade at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates

          "I said, 'It probably is -- in New York," he said in his southern drawl. "But I also said, 'I never say never.'"

          Graham, now in fragile health with Parkinson's, prostate cancer, water buildup on the brain and the effects of a hip replacement and broken pelvis, has always said that evangelists don't retire. But others hinted that this could be it. Read More

  • High court gives divided rulings on Ten Commandments

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    Continuing controversy


    Displays of the Ten Commandments likely will remain a heated court issue after two 5-4 rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court June 27. In this photo, a youth looks at the Ten Commandments monument that was at issue in Alabama and led to the ouster of state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Photo by Jonathan Blair


    WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Supreme Court continued its divisive, oft perplexing decision-making on the relationship between church and state June 27, invalidating Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky courthouses while upholding a monument of the Decalogue on the Texas capitol grounds.

    The justices issued both 5-4 opinions on the final day of their term. They did so as the White House, Senate and many advocacy organizations awaited word of a possible retirement by a member of the high court. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who has been undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer, and Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor have been mentioned most often as possible retirees. No justice made such an announcement in the court's final session, however. Read More

  • Court ruling to complicate, not cripple, churches, lawyer says

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion permitting local governments to seize private property for economic development will complicate matters for churches but not crush their rights, a religious liberty lawyer predicted. Read More

  • Recovering IMB aid worker looking for new ways to serve God

    by Michael Chute, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Southern Baptist humanitarian aid worker critically injured in Iraq said she has been "recovering physically and learning how to live with grief" since her husband and three other workers under the auspices of the International Mission Board were killed in a March 2004 attack. Read More

  • Humor, biblical counsel relayed at new ministers’ wives session

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--More than 1,000 women gathered in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium June 20 in what will become a yearly Monday morning conference for ministers’ wives in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference. Read More

  • Extend purpose to passion, Kay Warren tells ministers’ wives

    by Kelli Cottrell, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Kay Warren, wife of the well-known author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” called the wives of preachers to be purpose-driven women at the 50th anniversary of the annual Southern Baptist Ministers’ Wives Conference. Read More

  • Rhonda Kelley receives ministers’ wives award

    by Kelli Cottrell, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Rhonda H. Kelley was honored with the 2005 Mrs. J.M. Dawson Award at the 50th annual Ministers’ Wives Conference June 21 in Nashville, Tenn. Read More

  • Southwestern honors 4 graduates who have excelled in ministry

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary honored a Southern Baptist Convention entity head, a pastor, a musician and a popular author during its alumni luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 22.

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  • God is at work at Southeastern, Akin tells luncheon attendees

    by Kyle Smith, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Calling Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary "one of the greatest things God is doing on planet earth," President Daniel Akin outlined 10 reasons he believes God is blessing the seminary at its annual alumni and friends luncheon Read More

  • New Orleans Seminary honors trio as distinguished alumni

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary honored a musician, a pastor and a state convention executive with Distinguished Alumnus awards at the school's annual alumni and friends luncheon June 22.

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  • Korean pastor David Gill receives latest Golden Gate alumni honor

    by Jeff Jones, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--David Young Hwan Gill, pastor of Concord Korean Baptist Church in Martinez, Calif., received Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award during the seminary's alumni and friends luncheon in Nashville, Tenn., June 22 during the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • FIRST-PERSON: SBC: synergistic connectedness

    by John L. Yeats, posted Monday, June 27, 2005 (12 years ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--It is just my opinion, but since an editorial is just my opinion, here goes. The 2005 Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville will serve as a pivotal year in the history of Southern Baptists. All organizations, including churches and church-type ministries such as a denomination, experience identity phases. Since the late 1960s through the mid-1990S, the Southern Baptist Convention experienced reclamation of its historical biblically conservative roots.

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