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FIRST-PERSON Youth go to Red Square for See You at the Pole

MOSCOW (BP)–I have been to several “See You at the Pole” school prayer events before, both in America on furlough and in Costa Rica where we lived before, so I thought this would be the same thing.I was wrong.Now I live in Moscow, Russia, and go to Hinkson Christian Academy. In chapel one morning in […]

John Weems to retire from Meredith College presidency

RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)–John E. Weems has announced his retirement as president of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., a 2,500-student women’s college with financial ties, until this year, with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Weems, 65, Meredith’s president since 1971, will go on sabbatical from July 1, 1998, until retiring on June 30, 1999.Meredith describes […]

John Weems to retire from Meredith College presidency

RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)–John E. Weems has announced his retirement as president of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., a 2,500-student women’s college with financial ties, until this year, with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Weems, 65, Meredith’s president since 1971, will go on sabbatical from July 1, 1998, until retiring on June 30, 1999.Meredith describes […]

Pastor calls himself ‘blessed’ ministering to inner-city hurts

MIAMI (BP)–“How are you, Reverend?”“I’m blessed” is Joshua Garvin’s usual reply.His answer reflects the gracious, optimistic spirit that enables Garvin, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in the Carol City area of greater Miami, to bring a ray of hope into communities darkened by poverty, drugs, vandalism, violence and family instability.As he drives through the […]

Students spread gospel throughout Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–On a rainy February night last winter, six Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary students piled into a car and set off down a road. With no idea of where they were headed, but burdened by a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, the seminarians drove to a nearby neighborhood and started […]

Child of a Buddhist god finds faith as God’s child

NORMAN, Okla. (BP)–As a youngster growing up in Malaysia, Susan Khoo was a child of a god. But it was a god she feared and one who wanted gifts from her. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she met the God who had a gift for her — eternal life.However, accepting that gift […]

Topics announced for conference on issues in Bible translation

WHEATON, Ill. (BP)–Even if it’s scheduled for 1999, a conference on “Gender-Related Issues in Bible Translation” at Wheaton (Ill.) College already is stirring interest.The conference, postponed from February 1998 and now slated for Feb. 26-27, 1999, stems from controversy in 1997 over a planned “gender- inclusive” revision of the New International Version Bible translation for […]

First class from Angola prison earn New Orleans Seminary degrees

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Sixteen men incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola were listed among the 126 candidates for graduation Dec. 19 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The 16 comprised the first group to graduate from New Orleans Seminary’s extension center in Angola, one of NOBTS’ 14 extension center campuses across the Southeast. Started […]

TV ad with beer-drinking angels stirs pastor to challenge Miller

NEWARK, N.J. (BP)–A campaign to protest a Miller Brewing Co. commercial depicting beer drinking in heaven is being waged by a Newark, N.J., pastor, according to a report in Religion News Service.At issue is a TV commercial featuring three young male angels guzzling Miller Lite beer while partying in the clouds to hip-hop music.Edward Smart, […]

Crews to grads: Love, God’s call vital for ministry effectiveness

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–Effective ministry must be characterized by love and framed by what God desires, William O. Crews, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, told graduates at Dec. 19 commencement ceremonies.Golden Gate, one of six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and the only SBC agency in the western United States, awarded degrees to 48 […]