December 9, 2004 Print Edition

Back to Print Edition Archive

New missionaries will carry light into darkness

DEL CITY, Okla. (BP)—The vast majority of the world’s people live in spiritual darkness, but Jesus came as the Light of the World—and gave believers a command to carry the light into darkness, a group of 68 new Southern Baptist missionaries were told during a Nov. 16 appointment service at First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, Okla.

Florida ministers train Russian leaders in Calif.

FRESNO, Calif. (LifeWay)—Bruce Raley knew he was a long way from home when he arrived at Hye Sierra Camp in the mountains outside Fresno, Calif.

Religious liberty lawyer practices ‘truth with triumph’

ORLANDO (WORLD)—When Morgan Nyman and her classmates exchanged Halloween candy in October 2000, Morgan’s included messages like “Costumes are cool but heaven is awesome!” But Robert Davidovich, principal of Cushing Elementary School in Delafield, Wis., said the second-grader’s holiday messages violated the separation of church and state.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor may not reflect the views or opinions of the Witness. Letters may be mailed, faxed or submitted using our online form. Only letters marked clearly for publication, signed with address will be considered for use. Letters are subject to editing. Please limit letters to 250 words.

Point of View

A lot of people are upset about the outcome of this year’s election. The prospect of having to share their country with people who voted for Bush and oppose same-sex “marriage” has left them unhinged.

Point of View

Forget the Grinch—political correctness is what’s trying to steal Christmas these days! Question: Is it okay to say “Merry Christmas” at our schools or at our workplace? The answer is “yes.” Unfortunately, with Scrooge-like efforts, some people are trying to phase out one of America’s favorite holidays—Christmas.

Point of View

As 2004 draws to a close, tax planning may not be at the top of your “to do” list. Yet, it is important not to lose sight of certain tax breaks amid the excitement of the holidays. A recent flurry of tax legislation may have an impact on your year-end tax planning for 2004. Here are some important tax aspects to consider:

Northwoods adopts FSU international students

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Paula and Helen*, raised in two hemispheres in two very different cultures, now have a common goal. Through Northwoods Baptist Church’s International Friends ministry, they are intent on Tallahassee’s international students being able to echo Jesus’ words: “I was a stranger and you took me in.”

Florida Baptists start new churches

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 14 new churches in October 2004.

Terri Schiavo turns 41; governor’s lawyers file appeal with U.S. Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE (BP/FBW)--The U.S. Supreme Court may have the final say as to whether Terri Schiavo, a disabled woman living in Florida, lives or dies.

Church transforms drab hallway into stylish art gallery

TEMPLE, Texas (BP)—Warm walls, wood floor and generous lighting set the stage for simply framed photographs spaced precisely about the room. People, plates of finger food in hand, circle the exhibit while a string ensemble and keyboard play beneath the murmur of quiet conversation.

100-year-old says to pray, sing and don’t overcook vegetables

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Students in Tom Vann’s Leadership in Christian Ministry class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were treated to a sermon delivered by a 100-year-old African American graduate of the seminary. Eugene Florence was born Feb. 29, 1904. He was awarded a diploma in theology from Southwestern on May 4, 1951.

Modest dressing a heartfelt reflection of God's grace

ANNISTON, Ala. (BP)—On the heels of ABC’s decision not to renew its annual television contract with the Miss America pageant, the issue of modesty has emerged as a center-stage issue with Christians.

Fuller Seminary president stirs Mormon controversy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)—Evangelical Christian leaders and experts on Mormonism have expressed dismay at recent comments made by Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “signature pulpit” in Salt Lake City.

Theological society to consider clarifying inerrancy

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—Members of the Evangelical Theological Society have passed a resolution to consider using the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy to clarify the organization’s position on the inerrancy of Scripture.

Special Reports