Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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  • Former President Ford, 93, dead; worked to heal nation after Watergate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 (11 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Gerald R. Ford, whose legacy as the 38th president of the United States was in helping to bring healing in the wake of the Watergate crisis, died Dec. 26.

          Ford, 93, lived longer than any U.S. president. Ford’s widow, Betty, announced his death in a brief, written statement from their Rancho Mirage, Calif., home in which she said her husband’s "life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."

    Ford was best known for his attempt to restore confidence in government and the presidency when he ascended from vice president after the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon under the threat of impeachment. A month later, Ford pardoned Nixon, a move that produced an onslaught of criticism and may have cost him the 1976 election in a narrow loss to Democrat Jimmy Carter. Read More

  • Seniors add indispensable dimension to volunteer missions

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 (11 years ago)

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    Keith Lyle, a member of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, and a part of the Tennessee Baptist disaster relief team, prepares lunch for those assisting in the search and rescue in the aftermath of the terrorist attack of the World Trade Center. Photo by Jim Veneman

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An invaluable amount of manpower, experience, insight and maturity would be absent from volunteer missions in the United States and around the world if senior adults were removed from the equation, two mission board officials say.

          “Right now in Southern Baptist disaster relief and even much of volunteerism, senior adults are major players. We see them in virtually every venue we go to,” Jim Burton, senior director of partnership mobilization at the North American Mission Board, told Baptist Press. “In disaster relief, senior adults have embraced the task and are serving at all levels of leadership as well as service.” Read More

  • Disaster relief volunteer urges service 'no matter what age'

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 (11 years ago)

    OCALA, Fla. (BP)--Judy Price told her husband she wasn’t going to travel to Louisiana if her disaster relief unit was called out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was too dangerous there, she said. But before she knew it, she was in Lake Charles, La., sleeping in a tent and bathing with a water hose. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is ‘bashing’ sub-Christian? Not necessarily

    by Mark Coppenger, posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006 (11 years ago)

    EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)--Recently, my Apologetics in Contemporary Ministry class was turning through the premier issue of Salvo, published by the folks at Touchstone. Salvo is a hard-hitting publication, one designed to discomfit sub-Christian and anti-Christian ideologies arrayed against “the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” Read More