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President Bush compares Iraq struggle with America’s own quest for democracy
PHILADELPHIA (BP)--A few blocks from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the U.S. Constitution was debated, President Bush called upon Americans to “keep this history in mind as we look at the progress of freedom and democracy in Iraq.”
“No nation in history has made the transition to a free society without facing challenges, setbacks and false starts,” the president said in a Dec. 12 address to the Philadelphia World Affairs Council, noting that the success of America’s democratic experiment did not seem obvious at the time when it was conceived. Read More
Target, Sears do about-face, say they'll include ‘Christmas’
WASHINGTON (BP)--Two of the country’s largest retail chains have reversed course and are now directly acknowledging Christmas in their in-store promotions and advertising.
Kelly Boggs tapped as editor of Louisiana Baptist paper
PINEVILLE, La. (BP)--Kelly Boggs, an Oregon pastor and spokesman for evangelical causes in the state as well as a Baptist Press columnist, has been selected as editor of the Baptist Message, newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Boggs, 45, elected by a unanimous vote by the paper’s trustees, succeeds Lynn Clayton, who will retire at the end of the year after more than 27 years as editor. Read More
In Madrid, he's mentoring leaders to multiply churches
Pondering the possibilities
Daniel Peters (left) regularly meets with Christian workers in Madrid to discuss creative methods for evangelism and discipleship to reach the sprawling city’s 6 million inhabitants.
MADRID, Spain (BP)--The playground's dust scatters beneath children's scampering feet as they race for the slide. Mothers stand nearby to monitor the raucous playing, their heads covered with a traditional Muslim scarf. A few loose dogs skid to a stop as they pounce on a ball thrown by their owner. Children's laughter mingles with chirping birds and chatting parents to create a buzz at the neighborhood playground.
Daniel Peters* strolls among the people in this park, observing their nationalities, listening to their conversations and praying about their needs.
Missionary kids in Madrid expand their parent's outreach
MADRID, Spain (BP)--Although the International Mission Board appointed Daniel and Teresa Peters* as city strategists for Madrid, their ministry includes the entire family -- Karla, 14, who has lived in Spain since she was 9 and her brother, Tyler, who has lived there most of his life. Read More
Christians in Madrid take various paths of outreach
MADRID, Spain (BP)--It's mid-afternoon in Madrid, and storefronts stand eerily still. As the scorching sun elevates temperatures above 100 degrees, Spaniards race for the relief of air-conditioned rooms. Businesses close between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. People slowly return to work in the early evening, but the city remains relatively quiet until 9:30 p.m.
Iowa becomes 9th state with 'gay marriage' suit
DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)--Iowa became the ninth state involved in a "gay marriage" lawsuit Dec. 13 when the homosexual organization Lambda Legal filed a suit on behalf of six same-sex couples. Read More
Poll: 78 percent in U.S. 'convinced' that God exists
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Ninety-four percent of Americans say they believe in God and the overwhelming majority of them are "convinced" that He exists, according to a new Gallup poll. Read More
Top issues facing families explored in LifeWay survey
HVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Web survey on the “Top 10 Issues Facing Today’s Family” is being conducted by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Christian adults worldwide are invited to participate. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A noisy world
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP)--Like many of you, one of my favorite Christmas carols is “Silent Night.” It is so calming and reassuring. I realize that most of our songs tend to set the Christmas story in a pristine and sterile environment, but I do admit loving the line that declares, “sleep in heavenly peace.” Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--What greater gift could anyone need for Christmas than Jesus? And God is dropping in our laps historic opportunities to give that gift to many people who will receive it with joy. Think of what is happening right now and what is just around the corner. Read More