HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BP) - Charles Pickering, whose nomination was filibustered by Senate Democrats and who was placed on the appeals court by President Bush with a recess appointment, announced his retirement Dec. 9.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In July of 2002 Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville extended a call to April Baker, an admitted lesbian, to serve as associate pastor. The decision created considerable controversy and unwanted attention from the Nashville community and beyond. The decision eventually led to the dissolution of Glendale's associations with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) - The California Baptist University women's volleyball team won their first NAIA national championship after defeating Concordia University of Irvine, Calif., in three out of four games Dec. 4 in San Diego. In addition, it is the first national title for any women's sport at CBU.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) - Roy Honeycutt, who served as president of Southern Seminary from 1982-93, died Dec. 21 from head injuries sustained the previous day in an accident at his home in Louisville. He was 78.
WACO, Texas(BP) - "The recently conducted Faculty Senate referendum on the leadership of President Sloan sheds no new light on the fact that a segment of faculty do not agree with the current administration of the university," Baylor University board of regents chairman Will Davis of Austin stated in response to a third no confidence vote in a 14-month period involving Baylor's Faculty Senate.
(RNS) The Illinois bishop who guided the U.S. Catholic Church through a bruising clergy sexual abuse scandal received a major promotion from Pope John Paul II on Dec. 9 when he was named the archbishop of Atlanta.
Cliches of contemporary culture are boldly proclaimed in the media. Phrases such as: "If it feels good, do it!" "To each his own!" "Each person should live in light of what is truth for them." Over the past few years high profile cases have dominated news stories, all the way from a former President violating his marriage vows to an attempt at legally redefining marriage. Usually these cliches are flaunted as a justification of a lifestyle outside the bounds of traditional morality.
It is natural to love others who have similar interests and backgrounds as us. Yet it is when we encounter individuals different from us - especially those of different racial and ethnic backgrounds - that we face the real challenge of loving others unconditionally.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published January 6, 2005
The New Year presents the opportunity for a new beginning. This can be a significant time for you to correct past behavior, improve your life in certain areas, strengthen your devotion to your family, your church and make new commitments to Christ. What you do with the opportunity to start anew could impact the rest of your life.
Up front, I could not agree more with James Howard in his Dec. 2 letter to the Index on the need for Christians to clean up their language. The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).
Each year the University of Georgia Baptist Student Union presents a Dinner Theatre to raise money for summer missions. We are asking Georgia Baptists who may have clothing from the 1930s era if they would be willing to contribute such clothing either as a dontation or a loan. For inquiries please contact Heather Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or the BSU office at (706) 549-2747.