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FIRST-PERSON: The best movies of 2005

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--Rather than focus on the artistic merits of possible Oscar contenders such as "Capote," "Walk the Line" and "Pride and Prejudice," I have selected films that uplifted me spiritually in my list of best movies of 2005.

‘Justice Sunday III’ to spotlight courts on eve of Alito hearings

PHILADELPHIA (BP)--One day before the Senate begins confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, conservatives will gather in Philadelphia for another "Justice Sunday," hoping to put the spotlight once again on socially liberal court rulings.

2005 IN REVIEW: Hurricane Katrina, Asian tsunami lead list of top stories of the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Two natural disasters and the outpouring of support for their victims lead the list of top stories for 2005.
    Baptist Press polled the editors of the paper or journal representing the 41 state and regional Baptist conventions, as well as the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists, asking each to identify 10 (combined) international and U.S. stories, five SBC stories and three state convention stories that stood out in 2005.
      Editors could include their staffs in the polling, but could submit only a single input, with each state or regional response having equal weighting with the others. The poll was open-ended to avoid shaping the results, but the survey included a large compilation of headlines as an aid to memory.

IMB, churches call Shin as Korean Baptist mobilizer

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Gihwang Shin, a church-starting missionary in Seattle, has been called by the International Mission Board to enlist Korean Southern Baptists to get involved in international missions.
SEATTLE, Wash. (BP)--Gihwang Shin, a church-starting missionary to the 177 language groups in metropolitan Seattle, has been called by the International Mission Board -- and funded in partnership with Korean Southern Baptist churches –- to enlist Korean Southern Baptists to get involved in going, giving and praying for international missions.
    During the five years Shin has been ethnic church-starting strategist in the Puget Sound Baptist Association, at least 30 churches have started in a variety of settings -- including cross-cultural, such as a Cantonese-speaking church that called a Korean to start a Mandarin-speaking church.

SBC to air TV ad during BCS games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention has produced a television infomercial that will run in targeted markets during prime college football bowl games over Jan. 2-4.

FIRST-PERSON: I am resolved. Are you?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Another New Year is upon us. For many of us there have been too many and they have come too quickly. As Christians we understand the idea of new beginnings. In salvation God has given us new life and new hope. We know that we don’t have to wait until Jan. 1 for a second chance to get things right. By the grace of God,

MARRIAGE DIGEST: Marriage amendment signature drive breaks record in Mass.; amendment faces opposition in Minn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A successful marriage amendment petition drive in Massachusetts smashed a 20-year-old record for the most signatures ever gathered on a ballot question.

ANALYSIS: 2005 saw crisis, compassion, controversy & change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A confluence of world events, issues and personalities shaped the news of 2005, but no one theme emerged as conspicuously as that of meeting crisis with compassion.