Vote tally dispute points to internal IMB disagreement

Posted: 12/16/05

Vote tally dispute points
to internal IMB disagreement

By Robert Marus

Associated Baptist Press

RICHMOND, Va. (ABP)--Conflicting reports about the vote totals for a new International Mission Board policy on speaking in tongues are focusing public attention on what may be a deeper disagreement about the agency's leadership.


Texas Baptist Forum

Posted: 12/16/05

Texas Baptist Forum

Speak up for Christmas

"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Psalm 107:2).

This Christmas season has included many surprises. Some of us were surprised by the department stores that opted not to use the word "Christmas" in their ads this year.

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"When you consider that 80 to 90 percent of the American public celebrates Christmas, that (retailers) actively solicit and advertise to ... make millions and millions of dollars, and they're not willing to mention the words 'Merry Christmas,' something is drastically wrong."

Manuel Zamorano
Protester, who called off his boycott of Macy's department stores after the chain reinstituted "Merry Christmas" in its advertising (RNS)

"When did it become the responsibility of department stores to preach the gospel? It is not the purpose of retail establishments to advance the cause of Christ. I do not recall Jesus ever saying, 'Why haven't you turned my marketplace into a house of prayer?' If Christ is missing from Christmas, don't blame department stores. The real reason is somewhere closer to home. ... No wonder Christ seems to be missing from Christmas--Christians keep looking for him in the mall."

James Evans
Pastor of First Baptist Church in Auburn, Ala. (

"The speaker believes a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree, and it is as simple as that."

Ron Bonjean
Spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., explaining Hastert's decision not to label the Capitol Christmas tree a "holiday tree" (Washington Times/RNS)

"I think the 'Person' of the Year should be God. On the one hand, more people seem certain they know God's will on the social issues of the day. On the other, all of us feel the need to find answers as we confront the 'acts of God' dominating the news, like diseases and global catastrophes."

Coleen Rowley
Former FBI agent and one of three "whistleblowers" honored as Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" in 2002 (RNS)


Right or Wrong? A question of wedding vows

Posted: 12/16/05

Right or Wrong?
A question of wedding vows

"I attended a wedding recently. Nowhere in the vows did the bride say she would obey her husband. This seems to be a trend. Do you think that's why there are so many divorces--the wives are not submitting to their husbands?"


Disney movie inspires Christian musicians' project

Posted: 10/28/05

Disney movie inspires
Christian musicians' project

By Beau Black

Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS)--If Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ awakened movie studios to a huge religious market, Disney's Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is trying to tap it for all it's worth--with a loud boost from the contemporary Christian music industry.


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