Baptist Press Archive

Monday, March 30, 1998

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  • Jimmy Carter lauds Baptist leaders for signing declaration of cooperation

    by Herb Hollinger, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)-Prompted by former President Jimmy Carter and following two meetings at The Carter Center in Atlanta, more than two dozen Baptist leaders have signed a declaration of cooperation regarding racial reconciliation, religious persecution and treating each other with mutual respect.

    A diverse group, including leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention, American Baptist Churches, Baptist World Alliance and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the signatories met in November of last yea... Read More

  • Community faces grief, seeks healing in aftermath of Arkansas shootings

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP)--Westside Middle School's gymnasium stands as a silent memorial to the deadly ambush March 24 in Jonesboro, Ark.

    Inside, the bleachers are lined with dozens of floral arrangements, banners and notes -- many from schoolchildren from throughout the nation. Outside, one wall of the gym is scarred with several bullet holes. In front of the school, a flag flies at half-mast. A solitary cross-shaped bouquet is attached to the flagpole.

    "This is so senseless," remarked Jean Smi... Read More

  • Southwestern adds full professor for its Islamic studies program

    by Matt Sanders, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--As Islam continues rapidly to gain a foothold in the United States, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary continues to respond, this time by appointing a full professor for its Islamic studies program, the only program of its kind among Southern Baptist educational institutions.

    "Islam is no longer limited to the Middle East; it is in our own backyard and our pastors and laypeople are not equipped to deal with it," said Samuel Shahid, who was named a full professor ... Read More

  • Mission-minded churches get beyond their property lines, strategist

    by John Gaskin, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Mark Clifton, church-planting strategist for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, outlined qualities of the first-century Jerusalem church true in mission-minded churches today during an address at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "A mission-minded church realizes the church is bigger than the local congregation," said Clifton, who will be giving direction to the Heartland Church Planting Center, a cooperative effort between KNCSB and the Kansas C... Read More

  • Wives wait, pray 5-plus years for missionary husbands' release

    by Stacey Hamby, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    CAMDENTON, Mo. (BP)--"Very soon. We will arrange it." Those were the last words Patti Tenenoff heard the intruder speak the night a group of armed men stormed her house and kidnapped her husband, Rick.

    That was five years ago.

    Today, Patti and two other wives still wait the return of their husbands. New Tribes Mission missionaries Rick Tenenoff, Dave Mankins and Mark Rich were kidnapped Jan. 31, 1993, from their homes in a Kuna village in southern Panama, 12 miles from the Colombian border. ... Read More

  • ANALYSIS Core message of 'Titanic' reflects 'secularist' view of life's meaning

    by Terry Mattingly, posted Monday, March 30, 1998 (20 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Soon after "Titanic" opened in the United States, director James Cameron ventured into cyberspace to field questions from waves of stricken fans.

    One mother described how her young daughter sat spellbound through the three-hour-plus romance between a first-class girl trapped in a loveless engagement with a cruel fiancée and a starving artist who liberates her, then surrenders his life to save her in the icy North Atlantic. As they left the theater, the mother said her da... Read More