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Flooding slams Suriname; IMB relief effort opens doors for sharing the Gospel
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (BP)--As the muddy floodwaters of Suriname’s Tapanahoni River recede, thousands of Aukan villagers who live along the river are welcoming a flood of a another kind: help, and lots of it.
Rice, anti-malaria drugs, gasoline and hundreds of thousands of dollars in relief funds are pouring into the country’s waterlogged interior, and the International Mission Board is playing a critical role in addressing what the Surinamese government calls an “unprecedented” crisis.
Due to recent flooding along the Tapanahoni River of Suriname’s interior, several villages are now underwater. During this time of crisis, a ministry called Radio Paakati is providing emergency broadcasts to flood victims.
Days of torrential rains swamped Suriname’s remote rainforest during the week of May 8, forcing an estimated 22,000 people from their homes and severely affecting another 15,000, according to a United Nations disaster assessment and coordination team. At their height, floodwaters inundated more than 10,000 to 15,500 square miles as rivers rose to levels not seen in recent memory.
Committee sends marriage amendment to full Senate
WASHINGTON (BP)--The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a constitutional amendment to protect marriage May 18, setting the stage for a floor vote in early June.
State exec urges CP pres. for SBC; 2 more seminary presidents endorse Floyd; Burleson assures 2-man race
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Oklahoma Baptists’ top leader has called for Southern Baptists to elect a president who has “demonstrated his wholehearted support” for the Cooperative Program, the channel by which Southern Baptists support state, national and international missions and ministry.
"There was a day ... when the doctrinal position of our president was more important than anything else. We elected men who could stand in the face of liberalism and never flinch. ... we compromised our cooperative conviction in favor of conservative theology. Hence, we elected leaders whose percentage given through the Cooperative Program would be hard pressed to fill a thimble." Anthony Jordan
BGCO Executive Director
Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, led a task force that has called on Southern Baptists to practice the biblical tithe. Among the task force’s various recommendations: the election of “state and national convention officers whose churches give at least 10 percent of their undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program.”
The task force report was adopted by the executives of the state Baptist conventions and the SBC Executive Committee in February. Read More
Survey asks pastors, laypeople where money should be spent
PHOENIX (BP)--What would you do with an unexpected financial windfall?
Split among American Baptists over homosexuality is final
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Following the approval of a large majority of its churches, the board of the American Baptist Churches Pacific Southwest region voted unanimously May 11 to withdraw from its covenant relationship with its parent denomination. The board's action makes final the separation of the 300-church region from the American Baptist Churches (USA) in Valley Forge, Pa.
Justices’ results mixed on obscenity, homosexual parenting
WASHINGTON (BP)--Pro-family advocates received mixed results from the United States Supreme Court on two cases the justices recently refused to take up.
GuideStone cancels annual wellness walk
DALLAS (BP)--The Living@YourBest Wellness Walk/Run scheduled to be held during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C. has been canceled for this year, but will resume at the convention to be held in San Antonio 2007.
FIRST-PERSON: Is our Bible what originally was written?
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In "The Da Vinci Code," one of the main characters, Sir Leigh Teabing says, “The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a more definitive version of the book.”
FIRST-PERSON: A silly amendment?
DALLAS (BP)--Retired U.S. Sen. John Danforth doesn’t like the fact that Congress is looking at amending the Constitution to preserve traditional marriage. Speaking last month at a gathering of Log Cabin Republicans, he said that if there was ever a proposed constitutional Read More
FIRST-PERSON: CP needs liberal resurgence
ROCKWALL, Texas (BP)--Finishing what you start is not only a good idea, but it is good theology. Paul was grateful that He who began His good work in us would bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). The New Testament says that Jesus loved us to the end (John 13:1); in fact, His final words on the Cross were, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Finishing what you start is a good thing and a God thing.
FIRST-PERSON: Warnings on the road to discipline
WASHINGTON (BP)--As a growing topic of discussion among all evangelicals, church discipline has found renewed purpose in significant congregations across the nation. The advocates of church discipline are finding their voices heard in new ways by new publics. There is, of course, strong support for strengthening the moral fiber of the local church, and many believe church discipline is the biblical answer to what has become the sagging and insipid American church experience.