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Constitutionality of ‘Terri’s Law’ argued at Fla. Supreme Court; Sept. decision expected
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)--In a case pro-life advocates say may decide the future of euthanasia in the United States, Florida Supreme Court justices heard arguments Aug. 31 over the constitutionality of “Terri’s Law” -– a measure opposed by Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael, who is seeking to have his disabled wife’s feeding and hydration tubes removed.
The legal tug-of-war over the plight of 40-year-old Terri Schiavo drew a packed courtroom, including Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, and her siblings, Robert “Bobby” Schindler Jr. and Suzanne Vitadamo.
Terri Schiavo, the woman at the center of the debate, has been in and out nursing homes and hospice care since she collapsed in 1990 under what her parents have said are “suspicious circumstances.” When her heart stopped, her brain was deprived of oxygen and she has been severely disabled since. Some doctors refer to her condition as a “persistent vegetative state,” while others have said that if rehabilitation had been made available to her, she might have improved. Read More
SBC President Bobby Welch’s personal mission: to seek souls wherever he rolls, from churches to 24-hour truck stop
DOSWELL, Va. (BP)--Just before midnight, the bus carrying Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch and his support team pulled into a truck stop north of Richmond, Va., for some hamburgers. Welch, on a national tour to bolster evangelism in SBC churches, let the rest of the group go ahead while he sensed a moment to share the Gospel.
Robert, Wayne and Hope were led to faith in Jesus Christ on Aug. 31.
Shortly after midnight, Welch was asked by Baptist Press to recount the divine appointment.
“These three people are talking, two truck drivers and a lady who was obviously a waitress at the truck stop and was just getting off of work, sitting on a bench,” Welch said. “I was disappointed that I hadn’t had the opportunity to talk to anyone much at the visitation that night [during a stop at a Richmond-area church].” Read More
Reporters check out Southern Baptist bus tour in Boston
NEWTON, Mass. (BP)--About a half-dozen reporters were on hand for Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch’s stop at the multicultural Hellenic Gospel Church near Boston Sept. 1. Read More
People leave spiritual struggles to find Christ at Conn. church
HARTFORD, Conn. (BP)--About 200 people from more than 20 nations worship each Sunday at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Hartford, Conn. Read More
6 congregations fan out from one building to touch lives
NEWTON, Mass. (BP)--Greek, Haitian, Philippine, Chinese and East Indian churches and, now, a multicultural congregation share the building known first as Hellenic Gospel Church in Newton, Mass. Read More
R.I. church shines light, grows despite recent strife
WARWICK, R.I. (BP)--The FAITH evangelism strategy, a longstanding food pantry and an AWANA program with more than 100 youngsters each week are among the life-changing ministries at Faith Baptist Church in Warwick, R.I. Read More
WHERE IS THE BUS TOUR TODAY? Maine, N.H. & Vt.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"The Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism" national bus tour by Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch focused on three more New England states Thursday, Sept. 2, with stops slated in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
'On fire for God': 13,000 attend Centri-KID camps
LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)--Gasping for breath after finishing a series of relay games to gather clues, 10-year-old Jena Gray tucked a loose strand of red hair behind her ear. She and her friends peered intently at a pile of index cards strewn together on the grass in the field. They quickly figured out the password and ran up a steep hill to an auditorium door. Knocking, they excitedly called out the word for access inside: “God!” Read More
Centri-KID counselor finds calling through camp experience
LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)-–Jeremy Sandefur sits on the floor surrounded by 10 pre-teens in a room with posters announcing the name of their group –- “Moldy Pizza.” For the rambunctious 11-year-olds in his care, this is their week at camp. For Sandefur, this is his ninth. He admits he’s tired, but his face and energy level say otherwise to the kids. Read More
Iorg, in inaugural GGBTS chapel, voices ‘primary goal’ for ’04-’05
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--President’s Convocation Chapel not only marked the beginning of the 2004-05 academic year but also a new era in Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s history. New President Jeff Iorg, officiating at chapel for the first time Aug. 26, voiced a challenge to set the course for the coming year. Read More
Mohler joins board of Focus on the Family
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been elected to the board of directors of Focus on the Family, the evangelical organization announced Aug. 31. Read More
Calif. Baptist students interact with Greeks, others at Olympics
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP)--Nightclubs, subways, stores and cafes were the means God used for a group of California Baptist University students to build relationships with tourists and Greek natives in Athens during the summer Olympics. Read More
Lake Tahoe missionary uses Olympic pins to share Gospel
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (BP)--Armed with suitcases full of valuable Olympic trading pins and a large green foam wig, resort missionary Debbie Wohler traveled to Athens in search of opportunities to share Jesus with the world during the Games. Read More