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Monday, August 12, 2002

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  • A woman of peace in a place of violence

    by Chris Turner, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    FRANCISCO MORAZAN, Honduras (BP)--An exposed bulb dangles from the ceiling by a black wire and throws its harsh light around the cramped cinder-block room. Tattooed bodies crowd the space or stare in past the heavy steel door. This cell's location is deep within the bowels of a Honduran prison. All of the young men present are gang members, and most are killers or rapists -- or both.

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    Missionary Amy Johnson visits with a tattooed-branded gangster in Honduras who faces daily threat from rival gangs who often kill on sight. He is also a target for frustrated police eager to exterminate street gangs and an increasing number of armed civilian vigilantes.
          At the center of this sea of inked flesh sits Amy Johnson, a perfectly postured, fair-complected redhead. Her soft voice forces the prisoners to lean in to hear her. Her sincere smile melts their calloused hearts, and her deep-penetrating brown eyes reach beyond their hardened exteriors to their souls. They call her Mamita, translated, "Little Mom."

    "She makes us feel like we are not forgotten," says Danny Boy, a prisoner and the leader of one gang. (Most gang members use nicknames.) "People treat us like animals, but not her. She listens to us, and we respect her a lot." Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Women & missions

    by Mary Jane Welch, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Police detain a young woman hiking alone through rural Asia. Doesn't she know she is forbidden to carry the Christian leaflets stuffed in her pack? Read More

  • Southern prof in middle of growing open theism debate

    by Michael Foust, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

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    Bruce Ware
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The debate over open theism has intensified in recent months, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Bruce Ware has emerged as one of its more vocal opponents.

          Ware and his position on open theism are the subject of much discussion in the latest journal published by the conservative Evangelical Theological Society, a group of theologians who affirm biblical inerrancy. The journal is basically a spillover from debate at last November's ETS meeting, when Ware presented a paper with spirited arguments against open theism -- the belief that the future is "open" in that God does not and cannot know the future free choices and actions of his creatures. ETS members then overwhelmingly passed a non-binding resolution saying that open theism is unbiblical. Read More

  • Pastor & son among victims of rebels' campaign in Colombia

    by David Miller, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP)--A Colombian pastor and his adult son were ambushed and killed Aug. 3 by unidentified assassins from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) rebel group in the South American nation, Compass Direct reported Aug. 8. Read More

  • Killing of unwanted baby girls in India continues to increase

    by T.C. Malhotra, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    NEW DELHI (BP)--The killing of baby girls in India is continuing, both inside and outside the womb, despite new legislation banning the use of ultrasound tests to determine the sex of unborn children, reported Aug. 8. Read More

  • BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE: Article 4a: Regeneration

    by David DeKlavon, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The basis for salvation is under attack today. The questions that many ask in response to the presentation of the gospel ("I'm a good person -- isn't that enough to be right with God?" "How can you say that Jesus is the only way to God?") mirror their confusion or disdain. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Strengthening families in the midst of siege

    by Claude Thomas, posted Monday, August 12, 2002 (15 years ago)

    EULESS, Texas (BP)--I recently heard a prominent author and speaker make a startling statement about the family in an insightful and surprising meeting. He boldly declared, "We have lost the culture. We must not lose the family!" Read More