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FIRST-PERSON: Amid corporate scandal, the prophet still speaks

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--The phrase "Business as usual" has taken on new meaning as every few days journalists and prosecutors add a new name to the corporate scandal tally: Enron, Andersen, WorldCom, Quest and ... Martha Stewart? Yes, not even America's favorite homemaker could escape the recent allegations of financial scandal.

FIRST-PERSON: Forest fire provides sermon fodder

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--A longtime U.S. Forest Service employee has been charged with starting the illegal fire that quickly blazed into the largest fire in Colorado history, incinerating over 100,000 acres of forest and destroying 25 homes and several businesses. Over 2,000 firefighters (and over $21 million) have worked to contain the great blaze.

FIRST-PERSON: Despite U.S. loss at World Cup, we gain by staying tuned in

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--I played a little soccer as a youngster. Then, as a teenager, I discovered a brawnier game in which the ball was thrown, tossed and carried; the only person who touched the ball with his foot was the lone soccer player on the squad, and that only on kickoffs and extra points.

FIRST-PERSON: Southern Baptists & St. Louis’ Beatle Bob

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Thousands of Southern Baptists converging on St. Louis next week may not have even heard of Beatle Bob. But chances are many of them will before they leave, especially if they venture out into the city.

FIRST-PERSON: Baptist finds comfort, prayer at Notre Dame on Sept. 11

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--Who do you turn to when you need support in a time of crisis? Just look around you. You turn to those people.

Prescott, Marshall discuss key distinctives of their schools

LIBERTY, Mo. (BP)–How should theological education be done? Panelists from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Central Baptist Theological Seminary and William Jewell College offered their perspectives May 27 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Historical Society. Addressing the topic of “Seminary Education in Kansas City: A Model of Diversity in Southern Baptist Life” were […]

America’s ‘tough places’ need ‘high-impact minister

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Noting both the character and the impact of John the Baptist, Rick Ferguson, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Denver, issued a plea for high-impact ministers willing to go to the tough places in the cities of America. Ferguson, first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke April 8 at Midwestern […]

Professor of culture underscores need for moral vision on cloning, euthanas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Human cloning and euthanasia were among issues discussed by Nigel Cameron, distinguished professor of theology and culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, during the Scudder Lecture Series March 30-31 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo. “Nothing is so significant for our culture and its future as the assumptions of what […]

Historic basis of Christianity imperative, scholar declares

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Today’s society wrongly views the story of Jesus as a non-historical myth, said Steven Evans, president of the Society of Christian Philosophers. Salvation, however, “is not merely psychological self-help,” Evans, professor of philosophy and dean for research and scholarship at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., said March 3 at Midwestern Baptist Theological […]

Refusal to follow God can lead to myriad woes, Patterson declares

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Christians face “a fundamental choice” in life. “You can choose either to please self or to please God,” said Paige Patterson, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “Which one of these you choose — as a choice of a lifetime — will determine the success and the blessings of God upon your […]