June 30, 2005 Print Edition

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Preachers must speak with integrity to the times. The years ahead will press the American Christian with tough choices, especially those who preach biblical truths. Yet there is one choice none of us have to make: choosing between the so-called “political” solution for our nation’s ills and the “spiritual” solution.

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Before Southern Baptists jump on the “ONE Campaign” bandwagon with rock stars and religious leaders, they should be aware of what they would be supporting and what they would be losing.

‘Everyone Can’ launches to cheers, shofar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“I want ‘em to hear us in hell,” Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch said in the concluding session of the SBC’s June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Whitten to Southern Baptists: ‘Rescue the perishing’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Blending conservative resurgence history, a text out of Acts 27 and a line from a hymn, Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, delivered the Southern Baptist Convention sermon June 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

Supreme Court issues divided ruling on Ten Commandments displays

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. Supreme Court continued its divisive, oft perplexing decision-making on the relationship between church and state June 27, invalidating Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky courthouses while upholding a monument of the Decalogue on the Texas capitol grounds.

Disney boycott off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention approved June 22 resolutions proclaiming an end to its eight-year boycott of The Disney Company and urging parents and churches to examine textbooks and programs in “community schools” and affirming their efforts to advocate the removal of “offensive material.”

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A few weeks ago, my family invited one of our young servicemen, on leave from Iraq, to our home for supper. It was hard to believe this young “kid” (who had grown up in our church) had actually just returned from serving in Iraq. As we sat at the supper table together, I thought of how often I had prayed for him and his comrades.

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Earlier this month, “advocates of embryonic stem-cell research” from “academia, politics, health care, and medicine” met in Houston. Not to share the results of their research, but to plot strategy, specifically, how to beat the political opposition and “get the research money flowing.”

Billy Graham bronze sculpture model revealed at SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention will unveil a bronze statue honoring the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham at the 2006 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., SBC President Bobby Welch announced during the closing session of the 2005 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Smith honored for four decades of leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“When the next history of African American Southern Baptists is written, Sid Smith will be seen as a giant.”

African American Fellowship adopts new name, elects officers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A new name and new president garnered the attention of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention June 19-20.

Welch tells reporters SBC ready

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch was seeing two signs of a successful SBC annual meeting: the mobilization of thousands of Baptists for the June 18 Crossover evangelistic outreach and the increased attendance at the June 21-22 sessions in Nashville, Tenn.

‘Little dead frogs’ focus of Welch sermon illustration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)– Holding up a flat dead frog he pulled from a plastic bag in his coat pocket, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch made a “presidential, passionate, personal appeal” for Southern Baptists to focus more fervently on evangelism and baptism.

GuideStone reflects our ‘roots’ Hawkins tells SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is “our fourth name in our 87-year history,” President O.S. Hawkins said in his report to the SBC June 22, “and we believe affirms our roots and direction.”

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