Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

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  • American pastor dies in ambush in Iraq

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)--The U.S. military has confirmed that gunmen killed an American pastor when the taxi he was riding in was ambushed outside Baghdad. Read More

  • SBC president proposes name change, to appoint committee

    by Michael Foust, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

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    President’s proposal


    Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham proposed Feb. 16 changing the denomination’s name, saying that a new name would better reflect the SBC’s worldwide mission. Photo by Morris Abernathy


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham has called for a new name for the denomination and will appoint a committee to study the idea.

          Graham made his proposal during his president's address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Feb. 16. He said he will appoint a committee in the coming weeks to report back to the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The committee will represent the SBC both "geographically and generationally," he said. Read More

  • 'Be ready with an answer,' Chapman says about 'Passion'

    by Erin Curry, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

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    Promoting 'Passion'


    Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, urged Executive Committee members to see "The Passion of The Christ" when it is released in theaters Feb. 25. Photo by Morris Abernathy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Unlike the “JESUS” film designed with an obvious evangelistic intent, "The Passion of The Christ" does not end with an appeal to accept Christ as Savior. Therefore, there is work to be done as the Mel Gibson film is released in theaters nationwide, Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said.

          "We must be ready with an answer of why Jesus did what He did," Chapman said in his address during the opening session of the Executive Committee's Feb. 16-17 meeting. "I hope every Southern Baptist pastor will train his people to be ready with an answer. The film will teach them what Jesus did. We must teach them why He did it."

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  • Stacie Orrico says pop stars' attire 'degrading'

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

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    Stacie Orrico
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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Dove Award nominee Stacie Orrico, whose recent hits such as "More to Life" and "Stuck" have successfully crossed over to mainstream charts, has voiced her opinion about the revealing clothing commonly worn by pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

          "The reason that I don't dress trashy is that I'm trying to set an example for little girls," Orrico, 17, told reporters Feb. 14 in Singapore, where she was preparing for the MTV Asia Awards. Read More

  • FamilyNet to confront culture with 'worldview' programming

    by James Dotson, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--The FamilyNet television network will confront the secular culture head-on this fall with a nightly "worldview" programming lineup featuring some of the nation's top Christian commentators -- including Janet Parshall, Jay Sekulow and Hugh Hewitt. Read More

  • Vote with convictions, not pocketbook, Jack Graham says

    by Michael Foust, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--America is in a cultural battle and Christians must begin voting with their convictions and not their pocketbooks, Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham said Feb. 16. Read More

  • ERLC launches voting initiative in view of 'critical' '04 ballot

    by Dwayne Hastings, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP)--The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral concerns and public policy entity believes the 2004 election may be one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history. Thus, Richard Land told the SBC's Executive Committee, he is spearheading a voter education and registration drive to encourage Americans to vote their values, not their pocketbook or their political party. Read More

  • Revelation gives hope, boldness, Rogers writes in new book

    by Mark Kelly, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In an evil and dangerous time that surely signals the last days, the Book of Revelation gives Christians the encouragement and understanding they need to live bold, hope-filled lives, one of America's most-respected Bible teachers writes in a new book. Read More

  • San Francisco told to 'cease and desist' or return to court

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--Two California judges refused to stop San Francisco from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Feb. 17, although one judge gave city officials an option: “cease and desist” or return to court and explain their action.

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  • FIRST-PERSON: More harm than good

    by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    SEATTLE (BP)--As Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" heads toward screens nationwide Feb. 25, online ticket merchants are reporting that up to half their total sales are for advance purchases for The Passion. One Dallas multiplex has reserved all 20 of its screens for The Passion. I am neither a prophet nor a movie critic. I am merely an Orthodox rabbi using ancient Jewish wisdom to make three predictions about The Passion. Read More

  • FIRST PERSON: 'The Passion' & the Talmud

    by Terry Mattingly, posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004 (15 years ago)

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP)--The ancient rabbinic text is clear about the punishment for those who twisted sacred law and misled the people of Israel.

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