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ADVISORY: Baptist Press will be published on Monday, January 3. However, the Baptist Press office in Nashville, Tenn., will be closed. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 4.Thanks,Baptist Press

Teens offered simple method for sharing Christ with friends

HOUSTON (BP)--Christian teenagers' purpose in life should be to make sure other teenagers are Christians, too, Ronnie Hill told participants in the Houston YouthLink 2000, one of seven cities where the event was held simultaneously Dec. 29-31.

Students demonstrate Christ’s love through YouthLink ministry projects

PHILADELPHIA (BP)--While most of the activity related to the seven-city YouthLink 2000 event was inside the arena and conference center venues, thousands of youth participated in a variety of ministry projects throughout host cities.

Garden Tomb visited via satellite on second day of YouthLink

ATLANTA (BP)--As about 45,000 participants in YouthLink 2000 watched via live satellite link, evangelist Jay Strack walked through the Garden Tomb site in Jerusalem Dec. 30. He assured students the tomb indeed was empty.

YouthLink participants unaffected by shooting at Tampa hotel

TAMPA, Fla. (BP)–Three small youth groups attending YouthLink 2000 in Tampa were staying at the Radisson Bay Harbor where, on Thursday afternoon about 3:20 p.m., an employee shot and killed four other employees and wounded three other persons. The man killed another woman several miles away when he attempted a carjacking and later was apprehended […]

Wedgwood youth, minister describe life changes since Sept. 15 shooting

TAMPA, Fla. (BP)–“We can’t help but speak about what we have seen and heard. It changed our lives,” the minister of youth at Wedgwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, told 5,300 teenagers attending YouthLink 2000 in the Tampa, Fla., Ice Palace. Jay Fannin and four teenagers, backed by 41 other teens and adult sponsors from […]

Students connect with music, worship during seven-city YouthLink 2000

ATLANTA (BP)--Satellite beams, heart-thumping music and love for Jesus connected thousands of Southern Baptist teenagers coast-to-coast Dec. 29, as they kicked off YouthLink 2000, a millennial Christian celebration.

Prayerwalk brings man to church, then salvation & restored marriage

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (BP)–Patrick’s life was in shambles. He had lost his job. His marriage was falling apart. He tried to drown his troubles in alcohol. Driving around Tishomingo, Okla., wondering what to do with his life, he passed First Baptist Church. It was after 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night. Patrick wondered why the church’s […]

Textbooks, homework & even tests challenge this church’s members

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Solo Christo, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Soli Deo Gloria. An eye-catching sign at the entrance to this Florida church’s campus boldly displays these five “foundational stones” of its doctrine. Pastor Bill Haynes of the Orlando-area First Baptist Church of Sweetwater not only wants members to know the meaning of the Latin […]

Evidence of God in U.S. history abundant, county resolution recaps

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (BP)--Thomas Jefferson is widely known as the author of the famous "separation of church and state" doctrine. Jefferson used the phrase, for example, in addressing a gathering of Baptists in Danbury, Conn., in 1802.