Baptist Press Archive

Monday, August 23, 2004

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  • True Love Waits takes Olympic stance; world’s youth challenged

    by Chris Turner, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    ATHENS (BP)--The 10th anniversary of the True Love Waits marital purity movement culminated in the shadow of one of the ancient world’s most impressive ruins, once a site of sexual indulgence.

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    True Love Waits commitment cards from more than 20 countries around the world arrived in Athens for display during the Summer 2004 Olympics. Photo by Matt Jones

          Richard Ross and Jimmy Hester, co-founders of the movement that originated with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on youth of the world to make a stand for sexual purity by remaining sexually abstinent until marriage.

          The event was held Sunday Aug. 22, at the Dora Stratou Theatre, located on a hill adjacent to the Acropolis, site of the Greek Parthenon. Read More

  • Baptists continue to pour into Fla. for post-Charley ministry

    by Martin King, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Southern Baptist volunteers are seeing a variety of post-Charley sights in their disaster relief efforts: Just north of Punta Gorda, Fla., where the hurricane came barreling through Aug. 13, an American flag flutters in the hot afternoon sun where it was suspended in the ruins of a flooring store on Highway 41. Photo by Kathleen Murray

    ALPHARETTA, GA (BP)--Barely a week after Hurricane Charley ravaged 25 Florida counties, killing 25 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, without food and electricity, the national attention has moved on to other matters.

    However, while the national attention moves to the presidential election, the Iraq War and the usual fare of celebrity news, Southern Baptist volunteers continue to pour into Florida, bringing relief and hope to hundreds of thousands.

    “Southern Baptists have prepared over 350,000 meals in the last 11 days,” said Sandy Lenahan, who coordinates the national mobilization center located at the North American Mission Board building north of Atlanta. “We have more than 1,300 volunteers manning more than 130 units from 23 state Baptist conventions, and more are on the way.” Read More

  • LIFE DIGEST: China targets boy-girl birth imbalance

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--China is seeking to compensate for its vast gender imbalance in the wake of two decades of a coercive population control policy that has resulted in the killing of many girls, unborn and born. Read More

  • Supreme Court refuses to rehear pledge case

    by Staff, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Supreme Court denied Aug. 23 a request to reconsider its decision in a challenge of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Read More

  • La. marriage amendment appears headed to state high court

    by Staff, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--A Louisiana state judge ruled Aug. 20 that a proposed marriage amendment is unconstitutional and cannot appear on the Sept. 18 ballot, moving the case one step closer to an ultimate decision by the state Supreme Court.

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  • SBTS prof defends Ky. marriage amendment in television debate

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman upholds biblical standards for the family and prevents activist judges from arbitrarily overthrowing accepted standards of morality, seminary professor Hershael York said in a debate on Kentucky Educational Television Aug. 16. Read More

  • Commitment to CP exhorted at new NOBTS course

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new initiative to promote and strengthen the Cooperative Program (CP) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • FIRST PERSON: Who should vote?

    by Gary Ledbetter, posted Monday, August 23, 2004 (14 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--The political doctrine of my childhood was summed up in two statements: “Anyone can become president” and “Every American should vote.” I don’t think I’ve believed the first statement since my voice changed but I’ve more recently come to doubt the second just as much. Maybe the reasons we vote have become less idealistic. Read More