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Appeals court rejects rehearing request on assisted suicide
WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rebuffed the Justice Department’s request for reconsideration of the court’s May decision blocking a federal ban on the use of drugs to aid patients in committing suicide in Oregon. Read More
NYT editor: newspaper nearly 'cheerleader' for 'gay marriage'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Is The New York Times a liberal newspaper, a publication slanted in its coverage of such issues as abortion and same-sex "marriage"? The newspaper's public editor believes it is. Read More
SBC disaster relief response expands in wake of Charley
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)-Four days after Hurricane Charley ripped through Florida, Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts continued to build with nearly 100 cleanup and recovery teams activated, representing more than a dozen Baptist state conventions.
Mickey Caison, manager of the Disaster Operations Center at the North American Mission Board, said that as of early afternoon, Aug. 17, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers had prepared more than 30,000 meals.
Nearly 800 Southern Baptist volunteers from across the country, Caison said, were participating in more than 350 disaster relief projects throughout southwest Florida in the wake of Hurricane Charley. State officials attribute 19 deaths to the storm and more than $11 billion in property damage.
Caison said Southern Baptist volunteers are providing both physical and spiritual care to Floridians during the time of crisis. For example, he said, a Southern Baptist volunteer from Mississippi had the opportunity to pray publicly with a local sheriff at a county emergency operations center.
"I believe God is truly being glorified by the words and actions of Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers serving sacrificially throughout central and southwest Florida," Caison said.
Baptist state conventions in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas activated additional shower units, mobile kitchens and chainsaw & recovery teams, Aug. 17, for assignment to Florida sites including Orlando, Ft. Myers, Bartow, and Punta Gorda -- a small city in the midst of a densely populated retirement area and a primary recipient of Charley's wrath. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Gentleness & peace in storm’s wake
ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--The Sunshine State is famous for its fruit, but it wasn’t citrus products that were on my mind as I surveyed the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Charley. Reminders of a different kind of produce seemed to follow me on my trek. Read More
2 days after storm, Fla. churches gather to worship
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA (BP)--The absence of lights and air conditioning and even the destruction or damage of homes in the wake of Hurricane Charley could not prevent some churches from meeting on the first Lord’s Day following the category four storm that pummeled southwest Florida Aug. 13. Read More
Fla. Baptist leaders promise help to those hurt by Charley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--The Florida Baptist Convention cannot “fix” every problem, but it can and will help in the wake of Hurricane Charley, the state’s executive director-treasurer pledged Aug. 16. Read More
‘God bless you,’ Sen. Nelson says to Charley volunteers
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (BP)--Standing a block away from President George W. Bush’s motorcade as it rumbled through downtown Punta Gorda, Fla., Aug. 15, Sen. Bill Nelson, D.-Fla., had a simple message for the myriad of volunteers who have come to southwest Florida to assist with the Hurricane Charley clean-up: “God bless you!” Read More
Charley doesn't stymie event marking Welch's anniversary
DAYTONA BEACH (BP)--In a two-day celebration made more memorable by Hurricane Charley, First Baptist Church in Daytona, Fla., marked Bobby Welch’s 30th anniversary as pastor Aug. 14-15. Read More
Toward 1 million baptism goal, LifeWay sends $1.6M to states
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--LifeWay Christian Resources will invest more than $1.6 million in 14 Baptist state conventions to fund evangelism projects aimed at helping Southern Baptists achieve 1 million baptisms in 2005. Read More
Major Sports Event Partnership helps spread Word in Athens
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BP)--Christian ministries have converged on Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games with a unified, organized approach to evangelism through a comprehensive volunteer network they call “More Than Gold.”
FIRST-PERSON: Aborting the conscience
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Recently a woman wrote a back-page commentary in the New York Times Magazine about her decision to abort two of her triplets, a choice she tells readers wasn’t all that difficult and she’s glad she made. After all, she doesn’t want to have to live in Staten Island and shop at Costco for the really big tubs of mayonnaise. And her Manhattan apartment has several flights of stairs. Read More