Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, November 18, 2004

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  • China attempts to improve image while simultaneously suppressing Christians

    by Erin Curry, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    BEIJING, China (BP)--When outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Chinese officials at the end of October, they assured him they were willing to re-open a dialogue on human rights abuses in their country and Powell left saying relations between the United States and China were the best they've been in more than 30 years. But recent reports of increased persecution of Christians may construct a different assessment of the communist nation. Read More

  • 1 year later: Mass. marriage ruling sparked national backlash

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--One year ago this month, Massachusetts' high court handed down its historic ruling legalizing same-sex "marriage," sparking a nationwide backlash that is still being felt. In the year since that ruling, 13 states banned same-sex "marriage" within their respective constitutions, the U.S. House and Senate debated a nationwide ban on "gay marriage" and a conservative president was re-elected. Read More

  • Churches learn to negotiate insurance after hurricanes

    by Carolyn Nichols, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Victory nevertheless

    Victory Baptist Church in West Palm Beach lost its steeple and sustained added damage when every tree on the grounds was toppled by Hurricane Frances.

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--The damage caused by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has led church pastors and leaders into a maze of insurance claims, negotiations and settlements. Pastors, while still comforting and counseling church members who suffered losses in the storms, also must try to rally church members to replenish church coffers which took a hit from cancelled Sunday services.

    Still, most church leaders, in interviews with the Florida Baptist Witness, say the storms have served to unify their congregations and focus their attention on their neighborhoods. Read More

  • WMU executive and NAMB respond to Va. declaration

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    "[NAMB] still strongly affirms women in a myriad of roles in the church and denomination, including the 2,500-plus who serve as NAMB missionaries and the 200 women who serve as SBC-endorsed chaplains."
    NAMB statement
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The national Woman’s Missionary Union and Virginia WMU are autonomous organizations, national WMU Executive Director Wanda Lee said in a statement regarding a “Declaration of the Dignity of Women” adopted by Virginia WMU in September.

          The Virginia WMU declaration alleges discrimination “against women in the work of Christian ministry” and takes particular aim at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Faith and Message 2000 statement of beliefs. The BF&M, which cites numerous Bible passages in various areas of belief, notes that the office of pastor should be held by men. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Virginia WMU & women in ministry

    by Dorothy Kelley Patterson, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--How intriguing to see that the leaders of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia have adopted a declaration endorsing the "diverse and unlimited" Christian vocations of women. Does Scripture offer any unlimited choices other than God’s grace? Read More

  • New petition by Mo. Convention filed against breakaway entities

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Attorneys for the Missouri Baptist Convention have filed a new petition in the legal effort to reclaim five breakaway entities, with assets of $250 million, that changed their charters to elect their own trustees, rather than the convention. Read More

  • Ill. Baptists vote to reduce board from 72 to 33 members

    by Lisa Sergent, posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 (14 years ago)

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. (BP)--Messengers to the Illinois Baptist State Association's annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Select and Convention Center in Tinley Park Nov. 10-11 approved a reduction in the size of the association's board from 72 to 33 members. Read More