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Jimmy Carter lauds Baptist leaders for signing declaration of cooperation
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
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
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
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
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
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