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Volunteer leader drowns in El Salvador

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (BP)–Missouri Baptists have vowed not to let the tragic drowning of a volunteer missionary from their state halt efforts to spread the Gospel in El Salvador. Keith Ward, who drowned April 22 in the Pacific Ocean along an El Salvadoran beach, and his wife Karen were serving as volunteer coordinators for the […]

Mo. proposal would ban cloning, reverse parts of Amend. 2

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (BP)--Human cloning in Missouri will become illegal if a plan announced Dec. 19 by Missourians Against Human Cloning is successful.

Stem cell cloning in Missouri
to face reinvigorated opposition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Amendment 2 –- labeled as the “Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative” –- may have a number of hurdles to clear before it becomes a reality in Missouri.

Embryonic stem cell research tallies narrow win in Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (BP)--Missouri voters approved a state constitutional change Nov. 7 to protect embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning.

Upcoming election critical in ‘gay marriage’
debate, pro-family leaders say during rally

"What happens on Nov. 7 will have profound implications for the future of our country."
Focus on the Family’s
James Dobson
BOSTON, Mass. (BP)--Pastors and pro-family leaders warned Oct. 15 that America is at a critical moment in the nationwide debate over "gay marriage" and that the upcoming election could have a significant impact.
      Speaking at a pro-family "Liberty Sunday" rally hosted by the historic Tremont Temple Baptist Church, conservative religious leaders called on Christians to stand up for natural, traditional marriage and to make their voice heard.

Missouri Baptists fight cloning/embryonic stem cell measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Missouri Baptists have stepped up their attack on the controversial embryonic stem cell measure that is facing voters in the November general election.

Graham’s message still clear despite age, diminished voice

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Greeting Graham
Billy Graham and Sherman Barnett, director of the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade, are greeted by Carl Peterson, president of Kansas City Chiefs, upon Graham's Oct. 6 survey of Arrowhead Stadium, site of the Oct. 7-10 crusade. Photo by Tim Umphrey
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--There wasn’t much power in Billy Graham’s voice at the opening night of the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, but that didn’t stop the 85-year-old Southern Baptist evangelist from preaching a powerful message.
      Graham, weakened by age and a pelvic fracture sustained in a fall at his North Carolina home last May, delivered a short sermon from John 3 about starting life over again. Noticeably absent from the presentation was the strong, steady voice Graham has displayed over the years in preaching to 80 million people worldwide during his career.

Mo. voters amend constitution to ban homosexual marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Missouri voters have overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman and bans same-sex "marriage."
      Voters in the state's primary election Aug. 3 gave the marriage amendment one of the widest victory margins in Missouri history, with 71 percent voting "yes" to the amendment defending traditional marriage while repudiating homosexual "marriage." Only one non-controversial ballot issue in 1998 earned a wider victory margin in recent history.
      With a record 43 percent of Missouri voters going to the polls, 1,049,571 voted for the amendment; 432,495 against it.
      The outcome makes Missouri the first -- of what could be 10 or more states this year -- to embrace an amendment to its state constitution that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

Baptist layman confirmed by Senate to serve on appeals court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Duane Benton, a Southern Baptist layman who has been serving on the Missouri Supreme Court since 1991, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 24 for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

K.C. crusade weighs possible postponement following hospitilization of Billy Graham

KANSAS CITY (BP)--The Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade general committee is exploring all options -– including possible postponement – for the crusade scheduled June 17-20 in Kansas City in light of the 85-year-old evangelist’s current hospitalization.