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Ohio marriage amend. facing opposition; turnout will decide it
CINCINNATI (BP)--All eyes are on the battleground state of Ohio this fall, and for more than just one reason.
"It all depends on turnout ... We can see right now that with polling we did this past weekend that our numbers are slipping." Phil Burress, chairman of the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage
While Ohio may well determine the next president, it also will have a say in the national debate over same-sex "marriage." Ohio is one of 11 states that will vote on constitutional marriage amendments Nov. 2, and pro-family leaders nationwide are watching to see how this state -- a state outside the Bible Belt -- responds. While polls show the amendment winning, support has fallen in recent weeks. The amendment was backed by 65 percent of likely voters in an Oct. 4 Ohio Poll, but by only 57 percent in an Ohio Poll released last Friday (Oct. 22). In addition, an ABC News poll Oct. 19 had the amendment winning by only 48-45 percent. Read More
New Bible helps parents nurture children’s spiritual growth
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Stephanie NeSmith’s concerns about her children’s interest in reading the Bible didn’t last for long.
When her 7-year-old daughter Lindsey and 4-year-old son Will got their hands on the new Holman Christian Standard “Illustrated Study Bible for Kids,” the children immediately began to quiz each other on scriptural trivia using a “Test Your Bible Knowledge” insert in the Bible.
That’s when NeSmith knew she had found an effective tool to teach her children more about the Bible and spiritual disciplines. Read More
Pat Boone, others address ‘America for Jesus’ rally
WASHINGTON (BP)--Thousands of Christians gathered on the National Mall Oct. 22 to pray for the United States. The multi-ethnic, interdenominational event, known as “America for Jesus,” focused on prayer and fasting for God’s protection of the country and repentance for such sins as abortion and prejudice. Read More
Patterson: Women are treasured by God, have high calling
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--There were rumors that women would not be allowed to take classes with men at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary when Paige Patterson became president just over a year ago. In fact, there were rumors that women would be drummed out of the theology school altogether. Read More
Teaching, sound doctrine, outreach called vital for today's church
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--What will it take for churches to thrive in the new century? Read More
North American missionaries selected for Week of Prayer
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--The North American Mission Board has announced the selection of missionaries to be featured during next spring’s Week of Prayer for the 2005 North American Missions Emphasis. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Making the grade
EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)--Each semester, matriculants soon become focused on grades. So do their teachers, and with little pleasure. I’m reminded of a Wheaton College professor who once stood in faculty meeting to address the salary issue. With a smile of good will on his face, he explained to the president, “I teach for free, but you still don’t pay me enough to grade.” We all knew what he meant. For the most part, teaching is a joy, but grading is a chore. Read More