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Faith was dominant theme in '04 coverage
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--At all levels of news coverage, faith was a consistent theme in reporting about the personalities, issues and events that made headlines in 2004.
Pollsters in January released research showing that religion was a dividing issue among the voting populace in this election year, and surveys conducted following the November vote proved that faith and values figured prominently in key ballot issues and office races.
According to nationwide exit polling by the National Election Pool, 22 percent of voters cited "moral values" as the most important issue in their decision on the presidential race. Of those, 79 percent chose Bush, 18 percent Kerry and 2 percent Nader. The morality issue was the top issue, surpassing the economy, 20 percent; terrorism, 19 percent; and Iraq, 15 percent. Read More
2004 IN REVIEW: Survey of top news stories
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It is not possible in one article to recap all the major news from the last 12 months. But, as a review of the top issues for the year, Baptist Press polled the news staffs representing the 41 state Baptist conventions, asking each to identify 10 national stories, five SBC stories and three state convention stories that stood out in 2004. Read More
'Cojo,' in NBC 'Today Show' banter, softens view toward gays
NEW YORK (BP)--Fashion maven Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru must be pretty funny and loads of fun to be with. How else to explain the gales of laughter from "Today Show" co-hosts Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales on a Christmas gift segment Dec. 16 titled, "Test the heat of your holiday kiss?"
Roy Honeycutt, former Southern Seminary president, dies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Roy Honeycutt, who served as president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1982-93, died Dec. 21 from head injuries sustained the previous day in an accident at his home in Louisville, Ky. He was 78.
Honeycutt, Southern Seminary’s eighth president, guided the seminary through the initial years of the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention and gained recognition as a significant voice in denominational conflict. Read More
Colleagues at Southern Seminary pay tribute to Honeycutt’s life
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Colleagues of Roy Honeycutt praised the eighth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for his gracious character, commitment to students and tireless service for Southern Baptists. Read More
TIME lists Rick Warren among 'People Who Mattered 2004'
NEW YORK (BP)--Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren has been listed by TIME magazine among the "People Who Mattered 2004" in the same issue in which President Bush was named "Person of the Year."
Gridiron vet Les Steckel to lead Fellowship of Christian Athletes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Former NFL and college football coach Les Steckel has been selected as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' new president/CEO. Read More
Prayer, beyond the media, remains key facet of Christian life
JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--The politicization of prayer continues to abound. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A birthday party for Jesus
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--My sister recently found a picture of me as a mop-haired 3-year-old standing next to a birthday cake for Jesus. The cake was my idea, a burst of preschooler inspiration in response to my mother's explanation that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth. "Well then," I concluded with a child's logic, "we should have a party and cake and Kool-Aid and sing happy birthday to him!" Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Beyond 34th Street & Scrooge
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--In case you've seen "Miracle on 34th Street" or all the of Scrooge adaptations so often you're capable of quoting the dialogue, allow me to share a few favorite alternatives I enjoy viewing with family members during the holiday season. Read More