Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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  • After spending half of her life in Scientology, she found truth & freedom in Jesus Christ

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)--Karen Pressley has heard it all before.

          The talk of space aliens having come to earth a millennia ago, the authoritative worldview, the buffed movie star glibly handing out solutions to personal conflicts.

          Movie star Tom Cruise may be spouting the truth according to the Church of Scientology these days, but Pressley has lived in that world longer than Cruise and knows firsthand the nightmare it entails.

          “Tom Cruise is doing exactly what Scientology leaders want him to do,” Pressley says. “He’s a celebrity and considered to be a shaper of public opinion and he makes a good spokesman for the organization. Scientology primarily targets the ‘movers and shakers’ in society in order to influence others.” Read More

  • Pastors’ radio broadcast highlights each week’s S.S. lesson

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    On the air

    Gary Farley (left), director of missions for Alabama’s Pickens Baptist Association, and Mike Hall, WALN station manager and pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, lend their comments to a weekly Sunday School lesson broadcast. Photo by Gary Franklin

    CARROLLTON, Ala. (BP)--Broadcasting worship services on local television and radio stations has long been a tradition for many churches. But for the past several months, radio listeners in west Alabama have had the opportunity to hear a broadcast devoted to Sunday School as well.

    Since December, the WALN Radio Sunday School Program has been broadcast twice weekly on WALN 89.3 in Carrollton. The idea for the show was born out of discussions between Mike Hall, WALN’s station manager who also serves as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Reform, and Gary Farley, Pickens Baptist Association director of missions. Read More

  • Crosses & prayer fill field at Glorieta Collegiate Week

    by Brooklyn Noel, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

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    Carrying the crosses

    Heath Vogt, a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, carries wooden crosses to a field at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center for a special morning prayer service during National Collegiate Week. Photo by Chris Sinclair

    GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--The murmur of lowered voices mingled with the melody of worship songs as groups of students huddled in the morning sunlight.

    The sounds of hammers pounding wood quickly cut through the quiet morning as groups of collegians from across the country and as far away as Australia staked more than 70 crosses on a field opposite the prayer garden at LifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center.

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    Prayer at the Cross

    University students pray beside a wooden cross during National Collegiate Week at LifeWay's Glorieta Conference Center. Students wrote prayer requests on small crosses that they then staked in the ground of a field across from Glorieta's prayer garden. Photo by Chris Sinclair

    Written prayer requests covered the 2-foot crosses -– petitions for nations, friends, college campuses.

    Each cross represented students “staking down a claim on your campus this fall and spring,” National Collegiate Week speaker Jon Randles told the crowd in opening the Aug. 3-9 gathering at Glorieta outside Santa Fe, N.M.

    Randles, a popular collegiate ministries speaker, encouraged Collegiate Week attendees to understand and nurture their passion for Christ. Read More

  • Siblings cross an ocean for Collegiate Week experience

    by Brooklyn Noel, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

    GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--LifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center is secluded in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a 20-minute drive from Santa Fe -– and a 25-hour flight from Queensland, Australia. Read More

  • WMU names new consultant; New Hope taps marketing director

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Dianne Daniels has been named the new multicultural ministry consultant for the national Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), while Wendy Wakefield has been named sales and marketing manager for New Hope Publishers, a publishing arm of WMU. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Wicca, the pagan temptation for youth

    by Alan Branch, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2005 (12 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--I recently had the opportunity to meet with several youth ministers from Southern Baptist churches here in Missouri. Each impressed me as having a deep commitment to biblical authority and personal passion for Jesus Christ. As we discussed the challenges facing current youth ministers, a concern all shared was the fact that many youth, including youth in evangelical churches, are dabbling in Wicca. Read More