December 22, 2004 Print Edition

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BAGHDAD (BP)--Last weekend, 68 Iraqis were killed and three more American servicemen lost their lives. I photographed oil wells set ablaze by the insurgents and watched a car bomb explode from my hotel. Yet in the midst of the turmoil and violence, the church of Jesus Christ is vibrant and alive. The Gospel is being proclaimed and new believers are following the Messiah, gathering for fellowship and discipleship across this land.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Did you notice Scott Peterson in your church this past Sunday?

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One of the best tests of a worldview is how well it stands up to the challenges of real life. When tragedy strikes, does your belief system meet the challenge—or does it let you down? Christian psychologist Paul Vitz says that how Christians handle suffering can reveal the truth of Scripture—and expose the shortfalls of the secular worldview.

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NASHVILLE (BP)--NASCAR racing continues to grow in popularity. Although I often feel that the car in the next lane on the interstate is about to “swap a little paint” with me as I head home, I know that’s nothing like rush hour at the Daytona 500. It is amazing how those guys drive within inches of each other at nearly 200 mph. They all work in unison to keep the pack moving around the track, because even a minor mistake can send cars smashing into concrete walls and sliding across the grass infield.

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"As the Hebrews were promised the land, but had to take it by force, one town at a time, so we are promised the gift of self-control, yet we also must take it by force."*

Nominess sought for NAMB disaster relief awards

The North American Mission Board is seeking nominations for the 2005 Disaster Relief Awards which will be presented at an awards banquet during the 2005 Disaster Relief Roundtable in April. A steering committee will receive nominations until Jan. 15 for three types of awards.

School bans Christmas colors, Christian-themed gifts

PLANO, Texas. (BP)--Two pro-family groups filed a federal lawsuit against a Texas public school district Dec. 15, alleging that it banned elementary students from exchanging Christian-themed candy canes, prohibited students from writing "Merry Christmas" on greeting cards sent to soldiers and even prevented the use of traditional Christmas colors at a school party.

Former Florida pastor and BCF trustee appointed dean of students at NOBTS

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley has announced the appointment of Craig Price as dean of students, effective Jan. 1.

ERLC, pro-lifers ask appeals court to uphold partial birth ban

WASHINGTON (BP)--The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other pro-life organizations in asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge’s invalidation of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Missionary work increasingly challenged as value of U.S. dollar continues to weaken

NASHVILLE (BP)--Reaching this year's $150 million Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal certainly will help Southern Baptist missionaries reach out to the lost -– and deal with the weakening American dollar.

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, after defeat at polls, renews push for Hindu nationalism

KOCHI, India (BP)--India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), desperately seeking its way back to power in the Asian giant, is reverting to its anti-minority political platform known as “Hindutva” or Hindu nationalism, according to a Nov. 30 report by Compass Direct.

Hong Kong churches issue challenge to Southern Baptists

HONG KONG (FBW)- Chu Wood Ping, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Baptist Convention, has issued a major evangelistic challenge to Southern Baptists to join the Hong Kong churches and other Chinese Christians in making a bold presentation of the message of salvation while the doors are still open in Hong Kong. James Cheung, pastor of the largest Baptist church in Hong Kong, the Kowloon City Baptist Church, has joined with Chu in asking pastors and laymen to travel to Hong Kong July 20 – Aug. 1, 2005, to join with evangelicals in presenting the Gospel.

Chapman: Meeting of former Southern Baptist leaders confirms Baptist World Alliance's moderate persp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A recent meeting of moderate Southern Baptists proclaiming their support of the Baptist World Alliance has drawn a response from Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee.

Famed atheist sees evidence for God, cites recent discoveries

NASHVILLE (BP)--Antony Flew, a legendary British philosopher and atheist, has changed his mind about the existence of God in light of recent scientific evidence.

Religious rhetoric not ‘code words,’ Bush speechwriter tells journalists

WEST PALM BEACH (BP)--White House scribe Michael Gerson's telephone rang with a vengeance after the 2003 State of the Union address and its claim that there is "power, wonder-working power, in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people."

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