In the Witness this week
Apr 25, 2007

In the Witness this week

 The Collegiate Times, the student newspaper at Virginia Tech, summarized the feelings of the campus and the nation on its front page April 17.

BP photo by Brandon Pickett

The Collegiate Times, the student newspaper at Virginia Tech, summarized the feelings of the campus and the nation on its front page April 17.

Five Virginia Tech victims had Baptist ties
Jarrett Lane was to study coastal engineering at the University of Florida

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)?Five of the 32 victims in the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech University had ties to Southern Baptist ministries.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds partial-birth abortion ban

WASHINGTON (BP)?The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on a gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion April 18, delivering an important victory for legislative efforts to protect unborn children.

SBC baptisms decline for second year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)?While the number of Southern Baptist churches in 2006 increased by 524 and reported more than $11.3 billion in total receipts, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer reported April 17 that total baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention fell for the second consecutive year.

Group of young Muslims murders 3 Christians in Turkey

ISTANBUL (BP)?In a gruesome assault against Turkey's tiny Christian community, five young Muslim Turks entered a Christian publishing office in the southeastern province of Malatya April 18 and slit the throats of the three Protestant Christians present.

Opinion

Editorial

Tallahassee's gambling problem

All the tell-tale signs are there?the inability to deal with reality, the belief that the big pay-off is imminent, the delusion that they can indeed get something for nothing, the obsession with money. That's right, the politicians in Tallahassee have a gambling addiction and it appears few are aware of their problem.

Point of View

The VT massacre and the reality of evil

The unspeakable evil of the killings at Virginia Tech forces us once again to face the reality of human evil. Some worldviews deny the reality of evil. Christianity faces this challenge honestly, and acknowledges the horror of moral evil and its consequences. The Bible never flinches from assigning responsibility for moral evil. Human beings are capable of committing horrible acts of violence, malevolence, cruelty, and killing.

A black day in Blacksburg

What does one say about the worst shooting in US history? How do we make sense out of the senseless? Sorry preachers, but three points and a poem won't do. There are no quick quips or catchy clichés that will make everything better.

Something horribly wrong: Evil in the equation

A short time has passed since the shootings that killed thirty-two innocent people and injured another thirty at Virginia Tech. Americans can relate to what Virginia Tech President William Steger said immediately after the killings: "I'm really at a loss for words to explain or to understand the carnage that has visited our campus ..."

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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Florida

Florida News

Florida Baptist communicators receive honors

MOBILE, ALA. (FBC)?The staff of the Florida Baptist Convention's Public Relations Division received accolades for professional achievements from the Baptist Communicators Association during the 2007 Wilmer C. Fields Awards competition Friday, April 13 at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala.

BCF students attend conference at NOBTS
'Gay-Straight Alliance' granted temporary permission to meet on campus at Okeechobee High School

OKEECHOBEE (FBW)?A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction April 6 authorizing the "Gay-Straight Alliance" of Okeechobee High School to meet while the lawsuit takes its course.

Church challenges constitutionality of property tax assessment

PANAMA CITY (FBW)?Orlando-based Liberty Counsel announced April 13 they are representing a church engaged in a lawsuit against a Bay County Property appraiser who has assessed a tax on a church parsonage also used for other church related ministries.

Church is reaching hearts in Florida's heartland

WINTER HAVEN (FBC)?Winter Haven, a community of nearly 30,000 people located south of Tampa and Orlando, is known for its gentle rolling hills and 45 fresh-water lakes contained within the city limits.

Retired admiral to speak at PBAU commencement

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)?Admiral Vernon Clark, former U.S. chief of Naval Operations, will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University's Spring Commencement at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets.

Florida News Briefs

Sunday School leadership events
Seminar to help churches reach communities
Disaster Relief training events

Florida Focus

Florida Focus

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National

National News

Five Virginia Tech victims had Baptist ties
Jarrett Lane was to study coastal engineering at the University of Florida

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)?Five of the 32 victims in the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech University had ties to Southern Baptist ministries.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds partial-birth abortion ban

WASHINGTON (BP)?The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on a gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion April 18, delivering an important victory for legislative efforts to protect unborn children.

SBC baptisms decline for second year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)?While the number of Southern Baptist churches in 2006 increased by 524 and reported more than $11.3 billion in total receipts, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer reported April 17 that total baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention fell for the second consecutive year.

Southwestern trustees clarify their responsibilities
Texas pastor, trustees repair relationship

FORT WORTH (SBT)?The cordial spirit at the spring meeting of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees contrasted sharply from the tension surrounding their session last fall, with indications that trustee officers and a Texas pastor are working to restore a relationship strained by disagreement.

Seminary responds to former prof's lawsuit

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)?Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a professor who has alleged that her dismissal from a tenure-track position last year was because she is a woman.

Steeple signifies New Orleans Seminary's restoration

NEW ORLEANS (BP)?The steeple that served as a beacon of hope in the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina once again graces the top of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell Chapel.

Former SBTS student killed in Afghanistan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)?Sgt. Yoon Jang-ho, a former student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, became the first South Korean soldier since the Vietnam War to die in a foreign conflict when he was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb Feb. 27.

SBTS' 'contrarian' thrust underscored

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)?Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has reached an all-time high in enrollment and is continuing to draw scores of men desiring to prepare for ministry in the local church, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. told trustees at the annual spring meeting April 17.

President Bush speaks at VT during day of mourning

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP/FBW)?Students, faculty and their families gathered on the campus of Virginia Tech University to mourn the day after a gunman killed 32 students

Relief team 'wanted to be available' for VT victims

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)?Less than 200 yards from the key scene in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history sits a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief trailer. Volunteers from various Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia churches were mobilized as the tragic news began to unfold from Virginia Tech; they arrived at the campus the morning of April 17.

Virginia Tech campus minister, Florida pastor asks for prayer

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP/FBW)?Three days after the shootings at Virginia Tech, a leader at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campus issued a call for continued prayer for those affected by the tragedy.

Stetzer new LifeWay Research director, missiologist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)?Three Southern Baptist entities?LifeWay Christian Resources, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board?have forged a collaborative research effort in which LifeWay Research will conduct special research projects on behalf of the two mission boards.

Court rejects ACLU over Boy Scout policy

WASHINGTON (BP)?A federal appeals court has rejected an ACLU-backed lawsuit claiming the government's support of an event sponsored every four years by the Boy Scouts of America violates the separation of church and state.

ERLC's Richard Land talks to WORLD about new book

Richard Land's The Divided States of America? (Thomas Nelson, 2007) has as its subtitle, "What Liberals AND Conservatives are missing in the God-and-country shouting match!" It's a thoughtful and useful book that criticizes both sets of shouters-and Land himself is bilingual, able to speak both Christianese and academese. He has been president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, yet with his bachelors' degree from Princeton and doctorate from Oxford, he sneaks up on those who believe snooty stereotypes.

Threads concept on internet, in print for 18 to 34-year-olds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)?More young adults are falling away from church and many are finding church irrelevant to their lives because their needs are not being met, according to new statistics released by LifeWay Christian Resources.

LifeWay Sunday School leaders strategize for growth

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (LCR)?The second of four 2007 National Sunday School Director Seminars offered by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention brought everyone from senior pastors to Sunday volunteers to Nall Avenue Baptist Church, Prairie Village, Kan., for an intensive two-day opportunity to network and learn from others in the Sunday school field.

Tips on building a healthy group

NASHVILLE (LCR)?Instructors at the LifeWay National Sunday School Director Seminar advised conference attendees to strive to implement six key elements into their Sunday school groups. A healthy, open group should be:

International News

Group of young Muslims murders 3 Christians in Turkey

ISTANBUL (BP)?In a gruesome assault against Turkey's tiny Christian community, five young Muslim Turks entered a Christian publishing office in the southeastern province of Malatya April 18 and slit the throats of the three Protestant Christians present.

Features

Media Montage

'American Idol' finalist records CP missions resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)?Mandisa Hundley, one of last year's "American Idol" finalists, doesn't want any regrets.

Obituary

Diane Reasoner killed in car accident
Missionary to South America dies

Bible Study

Family Bible Study

April 29: Steadfast Faithfulness
John 15:18-16:4
Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.
May 6: Honor God
Philippians 2:1-8; 4:2-9
Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Explore the Bible

April 29: Leading the People of God
1 Peter 5:1-4
Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.
May 6: Christian Growth Requires Effort
2 Peter 1:1-11
Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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