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N.J. court refuses to legalize 'gay marriage,' orders legislature to give couples benefits
TRENTON, N.J. (BP)--In a decision that will please neither side fully, the New Jersey Supreme Court Oct. 25 refused to legalize "gay marriage" but ordered the legislature to amend state law to give homosexual couples the legal benefits of marriage. Read More
Celebrities square off in stem cell ads in Missouri
WASHINGTON (BP)--Entertainment and sports celebrities are weighing in on the volatile issue of embryonic stem cell research as Election Day nears in Missouri. Read More
Don’t say ‘cloning,’ biologists urge supporters
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Missouri voters confused as to whether an upcoming ballot initiative does or does not ban human cloning might benefit from listening to biologists who support the measure. Read More
Katrina-ravaged church gives $200,000 to other congregations
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--First Baptist Church in Covington, La., distributed $10,000 checks to 20 churches in greater New Orleans in mid-October.
Port Sulphur Baptist Church in Louisiana - its former building rendered a metal shell by Hurricane Katrina - nevertheless is helping 20 other New Orleans-area churches recover from Hurricane Katrina's impact. Photo by Keith Manuel
First Baptist members raised the $200,000 by adding 10 percent to their tithes and offerings each week over the last year; if someone planned to give $40, they wrote the check for $44. The extra gifts went to a special fund.
“Our church has been tremendously blessed, and that’s why we want to give,” said Waylon Bailey, pastor since 1989 of the church where about 1,600 people gather each Sunday to worship.
The checks are going to churches that are striving to thrive despite the devastation wrought by last year’s hurricanes, the pastor said. Read More
CULTURE DIGEST: Rice’s pro-gay comments upset conservatives; ‘gay-friendly’ campuses praised; ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Conservative Christians are upset over comments made by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a State Department ceremony to install Mark Dybul, an open homosexual, as the nation’s new global AIDS coordinator. Read More
Kan.-Neb. Baptists mark 25th anniversary of conference center
SALINA, Kan. (BP)--Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists celebrated the 25th anniversary of their conference center as a place where "God is at work" as more than 450 people gathered Oct. 16-17 in Salina, Kan., home of Webster Conference Center. Read More
Canadian Southern Baptists consider changing their name
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (BP)--Gerry Taillon, the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists’ national ministry leader, underscored his optimism for the future of the convention at its annual meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Observations of an evangelist
JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Since February 1975 when God led me to establish the Jerry Drace Evangelistic Association He has allowed me to preach in more than 1,000 churches across our nation. In His divine providence He has placed me in the company of some of His choicest servants as well as some who seek to be served. Throughout the past 31 years I have kept notes and observations on each of the pastors, staffs and churches where my team and I have been privileged to present the claims of Christ. I am sure some of these observations will be misunderstood, others will be embraced. I wish to share only 13 in hopes they will serve as a catalyst for your own reflections: Read More