Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, December 28, 2006

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  • Massachusetts legislators have 'duty' to vote on marriage amendment, court rules

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, December 28, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ‘Those [Massachusetts legislators] who now seek to avoid their lawful obligations ... ultimately will have to answer to the people who elected them.’
    Massachusetts court ruling

    BOSTON (BP)--The highest court in Massachusetts delivered a stinging rebuke to legislators Dec. 27, declaring that members have a "constitutional duty" to vote on a proposed marriage amendment.

    The seven justices on the Supreme Judicial Court said in the unanimous decision they had no "statutory authority" to force the legislature to vote. But they used most of the decision to spell out legislators' duties, and amendment supporters hope the decision will persuade enough legislators not to kill the amendment when a constitutional convention is convened Jan. 2, the final day of the session. Read More

  • Christians in Japan come together for Graham Festival

    by Amanda Knoke, BGEA, posted Thursday, December 28, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    Pastor Tamotsu Uchimura poses with Bible in hand in downtown Naha, the capital of Okinawa, Japan. Photo by Ronaldson Slim/Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

    OKINAWA, Japan (BP)--Japanese and Americans on Okinawa are working together to spread the name of Jesus throughout their island.

          Traffic was stopped in both directions as Bo Russell, the American pastor of Koza Baptist Church in Okinawa City, Japan, was on his way to his office. “Hey, Pastor Bo!” he heard in broken English from the window of another car in the gridlock. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The best movies of 2006

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, December 28, 2006 (12 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--For the best films of 2006, I am focusing on films that especially moved me with their spiritual or uplifting themes. Read More