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Southern Baptists pray, stay calm amid W.Va. shootings

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--As new developments emerge daily related to three sniper-style killings in Kanawha County, W.Va., Aug. 10-14, Southern Baptists living in the area are praying for peace and justice to prevail.

Fostering hope where ‘rural Appalachia meets the inner city’

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Missionaries Debbie and Norm Cannada pray for an 86-year-old woman who had fallen and broken her leg. The Cannadas are church-planting missionaries in inner-city Charleston, W.V. Photo by Ken Touchton
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (BP)--As a sports journalist and editor for 10 years, Norm Cannada had no idea a few years ago he would wind up living and ministering in the struggling inner city of Charleston, W.Va. But it was while serving on a mission trip in New York City that he and his wife, Debbie, realized God was calling them to live and minister among people many others had forgotten.

Don’t confuse busyness with godliness, Reccord advises

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Too many ministers and other Christian leaders are in danger of going through the motions while neglecting the core meaning of their calling, Robert E. "Bob" Reccord told students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He points to ‘simple faith’ as answer to fears of anthrax & war

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--"If we don't deal with fear, it will bring death to our future and to our lives," Claude Thomas told students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Oct. 24.

Sept. 11, SBC volunteers change
outlook of flooded W. Virginians

      WHITESVILLE, W.Va. (BP)--Sept. 11's national tragedy from terrorist attacks now makes residents of southern West Virginia see the region's flood devastation of July 8 as much less traumatic.
      "We may have lost our house and all the stuff inside it, but we still have our family, and a much closer relationship too," said Clifford Skeens, whose home near Whitesville, W.Va., was one of more than 5,000 devastated by what the American Red Cross has called the worst flooding in West Virginia's history.

W.Va. disaster relief focuses on
home repair before cold sets in

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (BP)--Literally tons of food, water and chlorine bleach have been distributed in recent months to victims of the devastating July 8 floods that ravaged eight counties in southern West Virginia, affecting more than 5,000 families. Now, Leon White sees building supplies -- or money to buy them -- along with volunteer laborers and prayer as the most valuable resources needed immediately since cold weather will begin settling into the Appalachian Mountain area by the end of October.

Sept. 11 coverage assessed by BP journalism conference panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"Should we be in the business of sanitizing the horror?"

Speakers exhort journalism students to integrity, hard work & faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Christian journalists "have a real advantage" in mass media professions because "we don't have to get bogged down with 'Why?'" Colleen Rudy told students and veteran journalists during the inaugural Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference. Being rooted in faith, Rudy said, "We already know why, so we can stick with the facts and get to the heart of a story."

Ex-seminary staffer back in national news

DALLAS (BP)--James Simmons, as he was known at a Baptist seminary, was featured in an hour-long report by TV veteran Connie Chung on ABC's "Downtown" Aug. 15, during which his previous life as Church of Christ minister Wesley Barrett "Barre" Cox was explored.

Baptists provide hot meals, clean up mud after W.Va. flood

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (BP)--Southern Baptist disaster relief teams from Kentucky were the first to arrive in southern West Virginia July 9 to help victims of ferocious record floodwater that crashed through eight counties Sunday morning, July 8, bringing catastrophe to entire neighborhoods and wiping out at least two towns.