Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, September 02, 2004

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  • Constitutionality of ‘Terri’s Law’ argued at Fla. Supreme Court; Sept. decision expected

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Allen Palmeri, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    SBC President Bobby Welch -- whether in a church setting, such at the Savannah-area First Baptist in Richmond Hill (above), or at a 24-hour truck stop near Richmond, Va. -- is ready to share the Gospel to all who will listen during his national bus tour kicking off a drive for 1 million baptisms by SBC churches. Photo by Skip Crowell


    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

  • 6 congregations fan out from one building to touch lives

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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.

    by Staff, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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.

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  • 'On fire for God': 13,000 attend Centri-KID camps

    by Sara Horn, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Sara Horn, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Jessica Sims, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Staff, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Kelli Cottrell, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

    by Kelli Cottrell, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    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

  • WORLDVIEW: Debt’s damage to missions

    by Erich Bridges, posted Thursday, September 02, 2004 (14 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--It’s back-to-school time, when American universities send some of our best and brightest young scholars abroad for study. Read More