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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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  • Mass. judge lets law stand that bans same-sex 'marriages' for out-of-state couples

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    BOSTON (BP)--A Massachusetts judge Aug. 18 let stand a 1913 state law that in essence prevents out-of-state same-sex couples from receiving marriage licenses. In a victory for pro-family groups, the judge declined a request by eight out-of-state homosexual couples to issue a preliminary injunction against the law. Read More

  • Olympian Matt Hemingway ready for gold, but not at all costs

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Opening ceremonies

    U.S. high jumper Matt Hemingway, at the Athens Olympics opening ceremonies, poses with some members of the Indian delegation. “I told them that my wife [Kate] went to school at Kodai Kanal [in India] and they thought that was cool.” Photo courtesy of

    ATHENS (BP)--As a high school athlete, Matt Hemingway made it abundantly clear that he was serious about Christianity.

          His high school’s teams in Buena Vista, Colo., were named the Demons, and Hemingway refused to wear the word “Demons” on his uniform. His stance was so adamant that the track coach ordered uniforms with only the school name on them.

          At the Olympics in Athens, Hemingway won’t have to worry about satanic references on his uniform and will gladly don “USA” instead. But the high jumper, who begins his competition Aug. 20, is still concerned about living a life of faithfulness to God, especially in a setting as visible as the Olympic Games. Read More

  • Charley’s victims, volunteers need Southern Baptists’ prayers

    by Lee Weeks, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    2 of many

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers Stanford Owens (left) and Jerry German of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Gloucester, Va., cut up a fallen tree at First Baptist Church in Oviedo, Fla. They are among an estimated 750 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers now working in Florida providing mass feeding, cleanup and shower services. Photo by Kathleen Murray

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--While Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts approach record proportions in the wake of Hurricane Charley, coordinators of the national response are calling on churches to pray fervently for the victims and volunteers dealing with the storm’s aftermath across southwest Florida.

          “It's important that Southern Baptists throughout North America continue to pray about the recovery efforts in Florida,” said Jim Burton, director of the North American Mission Board’s volunteer mobilization team. “Though the national media interest will begin to wane, our operations are escalating. As we mobilize more Southern Baptist disaster volunteers into Florida, we need to pray for traveling mercies, for protection as they work and for discernment as they meet and minister to victims.”

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    Needed nourishment

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers Stan Shepard (left) from Eatonton, Ga., and Sidney Ethridge (right) from Warner Robbins, Ga., prepare food to be sent out by the Red Cross into the Wauchula, Fla., area. They are two of an estimated 750 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers at work in the area. Photo by Kathleen Murray

          As of mid-afternoon Aug. 18, about 800 Southern Baptist volunteers representing 15 Baptist state conventions were helping thousands of displaced Floridians whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Charley’s 145-mph winds.

          The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had counted more than 88,000 homes damaged as of 6 a.m. Aug. 18, with more than 140,000 residents in need of shelter. Meanwhile, nearly 450,000 customers remain without electricity.

          Mickey Caison, manager of NAMB’s Disaster Operations Center, said the current count of nearly 100 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units activated in southwest Florida could climb to as many as 175 over the next several weeks and months. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: Americans favor Christian symbols, Barna says

    by Erin Curry, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An overwhelming majority of Americans favor allowing traditional Christian values and symbols in the nation's culture, according to a study by the Barna Group. Barna even concludes that tens of millions of Americans would support a constitutional amendment to declare Christianity the official faith of the United States. Read More

  • Marriage rally moved to Sept. to coincide with House debate

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A "Battle for Marriage" rally originally scheduled for Aug. 29 has been moved to Sept. 19 so as to coincide with a likely debate in the House of Representatives on the constitutional marriage amendment. Read More

  • Seminarians venture to Athens, utilizing sports to share Gospel

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    ATHENS (BP)--When the Apostle Paul spoke at the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17:16-33), the city was an important center for philosophical thinking. Paul used the language of the day as a platform for sharing the Gospel. As the eyes of the world focus on Athens for this month’s Olympics, students from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are using the language of the day –- sports -– as a platform for sharing their faith. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: John the Baptist’s cave: speculation & sensation

    by Steven M. Ortiz, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--In recent days, a “new” archaeological discovery has been reported by most major news services. The good news is that the media feels that information regarding early Christianity and persons recorded in the New Testament are newsworthy. The bad news is that sometimes this information contradicts the accounts in the Bible. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A different look at the frog

    by Waylan Owens, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--The reaction to Jimmy Draper’s June 24 prophetic call for the Southern Baptist Convention to embrace younger leadership has been swift. Draper wrote, “I’m afraid the Southern Baptist Convention resembles the frog a bit too much these days, and it’s time for us to realize the water is heating up.” Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Keeping one’s word

    by Howard Dayton, posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)--Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). That means truth is very important, especially for those of us who are Christians. Read More