April 26, 2007 Print Edition

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Five Virginia Tech victims had Baptist ties

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)—Five of the 32 victims in the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech University had ties to Southern Baptist ministries.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds partial-birth abortion ban

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on a gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion April 18, delivering an important victory for legislative efforts to protect unborn children.

SBC baptisms decline for second year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—While the number of Southern Baptist churches in 2006 increased by 524 and reported more than $11.3 billion in total receipts, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer reported April 17 that total baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention fell for the second consecutive year.

Group of young Muslims murders 3 Christians in Turkey

ISTANBUL (BP)—In a gruesome assault against Turkey's tiny Christian community, five young Muslim Turks entered a Christian publishing office in the southeastern province of Malatya April 18 and slit the throats of the three Protestant Christians present.

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Point of View

The unspeakable evil of the killings at Virginia Tech forces us once again to face the reality of human evil. Some worldviews deny the reality of evil. Christianity faces this challenge honestly, and acknowledges the horror of moral evil and its consequences. The Bible never flinches from assigning responsibility for moral evil. Human beings are capable of committing horrible acts of violence, malevolence, cruelty, and killing.

Point of View

What does one say about the worst shooting in US history? How do we make sense out of the senseless? Sorry preachers, but three points and a poem won't do. There are no quick quips or catchy clichés that will make everything better.

Point of View

A short time has passed since the shootings that killed thirty-two innocent people and injured another thirty at Virginia Tech. Americans can relate to what Virginia Tech President William Steger said immediately after the killings: "I'm really at a loss for words to explain or to understand the carnage that has visited our campus ..."

Florida Baptist communicators receive honors

MOBILE, ALA. (FBC)—The staff of the Florida Baptist Convention's Public Relations Division received accolades for professional achievements from the Baptist Communicators Association during the 2007 Wilmer C. Fields Awards competition Friday, April 13 at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala.

'Gay-Straight Alliance' granted temporary permission to meet on campus at Okeechobee High School

OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction April 6 authorizing the "Gay-Straight Alliance" of Okeechobee High School to meet while the lawsuit takes its course.

Church challenges constitutionality of property tax assessment

PANAMA CITY (FBW)—Orlando-based Liberty Counsel announced April 13 they are representing a church engaged in a lawsuit against a Bay County Property appraiser who has assessed a tax on a church parsonage also used for other church related ministries.

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