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Historic floods draw Baptist relief efforts

HOUSTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief leaders had "boots on the ground" in Houston Thursday (May 28) following a month of historic rains and tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma that led to deadly flooding over Memorial Day weekend with at least 15 dead and hundreds evacuated.

Tornadoes lead to poignant homecoming

JASPER, Ala. (BP)--It was a sight 13-year-old Fritz Wilson never forgot.       It was 1974 and downed trees and power lines battled for attention across tornado-ravaged Walker County, Ala. Rain and wind pelted the area that Wednesday night as Fritz and his father, James, gathered people inside the church hallways....

Fla. Supreme Court agrees to hear Terri Schiavo case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)--The Florida Supreme Court voted 4-3 June 16 to hear the case regarding “Terri’s Law,” in which Gov. Jeb Bush, acting with the legislature’s approval, ordered doctors to re-insert a hydration and nutrition tube for a disabled 40-year-old woman.

Most SBC entity heads stayed true to moderate convictions

DALLAS (BP)--The conservative resurgence resulted in a change at the top of every Southern Baptist Convention entity, including all six seminaries.

FIRST PERSON: Freedom to lead

ATLANTA (BP)--Trying hard to conceal the grin on my face, I watched with delight as several Hispanic men distributed flower bouquets to each woman at a church leadership meeting in New Orleans.

Columbine family shares pain, triumph with teens at Centennial Olympic Park

ATLANTA (BP)–Hefting a plain wooden cross almost twice his size, 14-year-old Mike Scott stepped in double time to keep up with the other 12 positioned across the front of the stage in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. Silence hung in the air as thousands of teens slipped to their knees — some lying prostrate on the […]

Columbine crosses prompt Baptist youths’ reflections

ATLANTA (BP)–Squatting for a closer look at the face of Isaiah Shoels, a young boy rubbed his hand gingerly across the weather-beaten photograph attached to a wooden cross. The original 13 crosses memorializing the victims of the April 20 school shootings in Littleton, Colo., were on display in the same area of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic […]

Women ‘s conference speakers say identity comes from Christ

SALT LAKE CITY (BP)– “My identity is not as a pastor’s wife, not as the wife of Jimmy Draper, but my identity comes from Jesus alone,” Carol Ann Draper said at the second annual Monday morning special women’s session held June 8 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Salt Lake City.Draper, a […]

Richard Land coauthors handbook for getting hearing from Disney

SALT LAKE CITY (BP)–One year after Southern Baptist Convention messengers voted to boycott The Disney Company, the president of the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land, has coauthored a book on “the abc’s of making your voice heard at Disney.” “Send a Message to Mickey” by Land and Frank D. York was released […]