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Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC report

DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers received an update of the search for a new Executive Committee president and defeated a proposed defunding of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the EC's morning report at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 12. EC chairman Stephen Rummage, speaking of the search for a successor to Frank S. Page after Page's March departure, voiced gratitude to Southern Baptists on behalf of the Executive Committee "for your prayers for us as we sought God's leadership during the difficult circumstances surrounding the departure of Dr. Page this spring" after eight years as EC president.

Gateway name approved; WMU’s Wanda Lee honored

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Two significant changes in Southern Baptist life were key elements of the Executive Committee report to 7,200-plus messengers at the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis: -- final approval of the new name -- Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention -- for the former Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, which is relocating its main campus to Southern California from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Resolution emphasizes Jewish evangelism

REVISED March 13 to incorporate a statement from Texas pastor John Hagee that re-states his rejection of dual covenant theology. PHOENIX (BP)–A leading proponent of Jewish evangelism has issued a declaration calling for Christian Zionist ministries to disclose whether they believe evangelicals should share the Gospel message with Jewish people. The North American chapter of […]

CULTURE DIGEST: Teens catching on to risks of MySpace, Facebook, study says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Teenagers are taking precautions to protect themselves against online predators after numerous reports warned of the risks associated with social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, according to a recent study.

Ethics prof sets forth reasons he supports Bush’s Iraq strategy

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President Bush set forth a new strategy in the war on terror in Iraq during a prime-time address to the nation Jan. 10. Photo by Eric Draper/The White House
WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush's new strategy for the Iraq war has drawn the support of an ethics professor instrumental in framing the "just war" moral framework adopted by President George H.W. Bush for the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
      In comments to Baptist Press, Daniel Heimbach, professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., voiced support for "the President’s challenge to maintain vision and fortitude. Americans should neither give way nor give up. Rather we must persevere." Heimbach credited President Bush with "responsible visionary leadership in a world that sees far too little of this precious commodity."