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Materials support prayer, fasting for Iran's Persians
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--The Persians of Iran, a predominantly Muslim people group in the Middle East, will be the focus this year for an annual day of prayer and fasting for a people group without free access to the gospel.
A new video and other materials will be free to Southern Baptists participating in the 24-hour emphasis, which begins at 6 p.m. May 29.
Each spring, Southern Baptists and other "Great Commission" Christian groups devote a day -- called the Day of Prayer and Fasting for World... Read More
'The killing has begun,' ethicist says of Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (BP)-"The killing has begun."
So declared a Southern Baptist ethicist after news of two women's suicides under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act," the first such reports since the law gained effect last fall.
C. Ben Mitchell, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., said, "These cases illustrate clearly what we knew would happen: that assisted suicide will be used to relieve stress and mental and physical discomfort.
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Education minus God equals chaos, Jimmy Draper says
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--An educational system that has rejected the oneness of God over the last 40 years is to blame for the chaotic culture of the last half of the 20th century, James T. Draper Jr. said during a lecture series March 18-19 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.
"It cannot be denied that the national separation of education and religious faith is directly related to the radical changes that started in the 1960s in this country," said Draper, president... Read More
Darwinian critic, sharing his testimony, says evangelicals must engage academy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Now is the moment for evangelicals to invade the academy, creation apologist Phillip Johnson told students March 23-24 at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Recognizing the perilous results materialistic naturalism wrought on American culture and himself, Johnson summoned evangelicals to bring the fervency of an evangelistic crusade and re-engage their intellects to challenge the major bastion of the damaging worldview.
A professor of law at the University of Cali... Read More
Religious persecution bill gains committee approval
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislation to aid persecuted religious adherents overseas gained overwhelming approval from a congressional committee despite continued opposition from the Clinton administration.
The House of Representatives International Relations Committee voted 31-5 in favor of the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act March 25. The hefty margin came, however, after supporters made another significant change in response to criticism and after another bill targeting religious persecutio... Read More
Missions, small churches offered pastors' retirement account funds
DALLAS (BP)-- The Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is seeking to help young or struggling churches get their ministers started in the Church Annuity Plan, through its Wyndolyn Royster Hollifield Mission/Church Assistance Fund.
Through the Hollifield endowment, missions congregations and other small churches can apply for up to $1,500 for the retirement accounts of eligible ministers over a five-year period.
The special fund was established in 1992 in a planned gift by Hughy a... Read More
R.G. Puckett to retire Dec. 31 from N.C. Biblical Recorder
RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)--R.G. Puckett, editor of North Carolina Baptists' Biblical Recorder newsjournal since 1982, will retire Dec. 31 of this year.
Puckett, who has served as editor of three different state Baptist papers, turned 65 Sept. 22. He met privately with the chairman and vice chairman of the paper's board of directors Sept. 24 and 25 to advise them of his plans.
Puckett was editor of the Maryland Baptist from 1966-79 and editor of the Ohio Baptist Messenger from 1958-61 and was associ... Read More