Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, December 20, 2001

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  • After 2001's tears, good tidings: Luke 2:1-20

    by the Apostle Luke, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

    And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, it happened that the days were completed for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snuggly in cloth and laid Him in a manger -- because there was no room for them at the inn. Read More

  • NYC relief, Afghan children tug at seminarians' hearts

    by Shannon Baker, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    DECATUR, Ga. (BP)--Using a fireman's hat as an offering plate, students at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's North Georgia campus raised $1,000 for the Georgia Baptist Convention to be used in disaster relief efforts in New York City. Read More

  • 'Lord of the Rings' box office fueled by Christian perspective

    by Patrick Goodenough, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Billed as one of the biggest movie events in years, the first in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which opened in 10,000 cinemas worldwide in mid-December, has become a major talking point among Christians. Read More

  • Northwest Baptists celebrate diversity of their churches

    by Derinda Moerer, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    TACOMA, Wash. (BP)--Drama, ethnic dancing, professional musicians, Korean banquets and inspirational messages were enjoyed during the Northwest Baptist Convention's Nov. 12-14 annual meeting at Tacoma First Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash. Read More

  • Greatness defined by servanthood, NOBTS president tells 144 grads

    by Shannon Baker, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Though the tendency for graduates is to aspire to become great leaders with authority and power, the greatest leaders are those who become servants, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley told graduates on Dec. 15. Read More

  • Emulate the Good Shepherd, Crews exhorts 60 GGBTS grads

    by Staff, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--Church leaders should emulate "the Good Shepherd," Jesus Christ, in their service to others, said William O. Crews, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 14 to a graduating class of 60 students from 25 different states and four countries. Read More

  • Churches near Fort Campbell rally to help deployed soldiers' families

    by Connie Davis, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Fort Campbell, home to several Army groups including the 5th Special Forces Group, has a "symbiotic relationship" with Clarksville, Tenn., said Jeff Burris, pastor of First Baptist Church in St. Bethlehem, located near Clarksville and Fort Campbell, Ky. "It's not the lifeblood of Clarksville, but it may be the heart." Read More

  • NOBTS students seek to buoy missionary couple's Christmas

    by Joanna Miley, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Students involved with the Baptist Campus Ministry of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are sending a Christmas care package to International Mission Board missionaries in Kenya as part of an effort to see Christmas from a more global perspective. (file photo by Morris Abernathy) Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Commercialization, secularization needn't diminish real celebration

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--In his book "God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas," John MacArthur writes, "I read a haunting newspaper story several years ago about a wealthy Boston family who had a christening party for their new baby. They invited all their friends and relatives to their magnificent home to celebrate the birth of their precious infant. A half-hour into the party, when it was time to bring the baby out for everyone to see, the mother made a tragic discovery. The large bed where she had left the baby asleep was piled high with the coats of the guests. The baby was lying dead underneath the mound, suffocated by the carelessly discarded wraps."

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Christmas: a time to remember that God is thinking about us

    by James A. Smith, Sr., posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 (15 years ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--When one thinks about the meaning and message of Christmas, the miracle that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ must immediately come to mind. The Apostle John declared, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14, NASB). Read More