Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, March 25, 1998

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  • Deadly middle school shooting rampage shocks Arkansas town

    by Trennis Henderson , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP)--In a school shooting rampage that has become eerily familiar, four students and one teacher were killed March 24 in Jonesboro, Ark. The victims died from gunshot wounds following a midday attack at Westside Middle School.

    The two suspects in the shootings reportedly are 11- and 13-year-old cousins who attend the school. The two boys immediately were apprehended by police officers and were scheduled to appear before a juvenile court judge Wednesday morning, March 25. The m... Read More

  • Huckabee 'angry' at a culture pushing teens toward killing

    by Art Toalston , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP)--In a school shooting rampage that has become eerily familiar, four students and one teacher were killed March 24 in Jonesboro, Ark. The victims died from gunshot wounds following a midday attack at Westside Middle School.

    The two suspects in the shootings reportedly are 11- and 13-year-old cousins who attend the school. The two boys immediately were apprehended by police officers and were scheduled to appear before a juvenile court judge Wednesday morning, March 25. The m... Read More

  • Huckabee 'angry' at a culture pushing teens toward killing

    by Art Toalston , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, called on the state's citizens "to be quick with their prayers and with their support and sympathy" after the March 24 school shooting spree in Jonesboro, "but very slow with overreactions that would cause people to lose faith in public education, to lose faith in young people."

    "It's ultimately a cultural and a broader issue than it is a school issue," Huckabee said in ... Read More

  • Ugandans respond to God's plan for sexual purity in face of AIDS

    by Marty Croll , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)--Donning gym trunks and rolling around on a plastic tarp with water poured over it isn't the best way to bathe. But it effectively conveys a simple message: It's much easier to bathe when the water is contained inside a wash basin.

    It's a message Baptists in Uganda have found useful as they try to stamp out AIDS -- and reach their country for Jesus Christ.

    Working with Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries, Ugandan Baptist workers have traversed the e... Read More

  • Seminary partnership recognized; 'cardinal questions of life' offered

    by Craig Christina , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--In the midst of contending with a daunting academic workload of exams and research papers, students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were encouraged March 19 to examine themselves by asking "five cardinal questions of life," an African seminary president urged.

    Yusufu Ameh Obaje, president of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, visited Southern Seminary to celebrate a 50-year relationship between his school and the Louisville, Ky., school, Southern Baptists' ol... Read More

  • Largest undesignated gift helps Midwestern Seminary

    by Tammi Ledbetter, posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary received a gift of $62,711 from the estate of Hershal B. Lynch of Raymore, Mo. - the largest undesignated gift in the school's history, according to Development Vice President Harold Poage.

    Lynch died Feb. 16 at age 92 at a nursing home in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

    A graduate of Kirkville College, Lynch worked for Rail Mail until he retired in 1965. His wife, Dorothy M. Lynch, preceded him in death in 1993.

    "The blessing that... Read More

  • Ga. Baptist executive committee approves aid for Brewton-Parker

    by , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)--The executive committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention has approved a financial plan to help Brewton­Parker College settle a federal lawsuit which claims that the convention-related school defrauded government financial aid programs in recent years by awarding grants to unqualified students and permitting other irregularities.

    Attorneys representing the convention and the 2,000-student college in Mount Vernon, Ga., are seeking to finalize an out­of­court settlement agreement f... Read More

  • SSB children's music curriculum unveils major redesign for fall '98

    by , posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The first major redesign of Southern Baptist children's music curriculum in almost 30 years will be unveiled with the Fall 1998 publications for pupils and their leaders.

    Rhonda Edge Buescher, preschool/music team leader for the Sunday School Board's music ministries department, said an emphasis on spiritual objectives, along with music education goals, will be paired with a more user-friendly approach in the Children's Music Series for churches using traditional or blen... Read More

  • Former SBC agency head gives practical advice for preaching

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, March 25, 1998 (20 years ago)

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)-Paul Powell, former Annuity Board president and chief executive officer, gave step-by-step instructions on how to organize a sermon during a series of preaching lectures at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, Calif., March 17-19.

    "You begin with the text -- the Word of God," said Powell, guest lecturer for the H.I. Hester Lectureship, held annually to discuss preaching issues. "You must do an exposition of the text that burns in yourself for some rea... Read More