Praise and Prayer

Praise: Adrian Rogers Honored by Friends From Near and FarBellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., said an emotional goodbye in March to its pastor after 32 years of service. When Rogers became Bellevue's pastor, the church had 8,739 members. Today it has more than 29,000 members. Rogers is heard in more than 150 countries on more than 12,000 television stations and 2,000 radio stations on his weekly program, Love Worth Finding. He is a widely published author and has been a key leader in the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence.

Baptist Press via Religion Today Summaries

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Praise: President of Zambia Is Baptized—The president of Zambia, in acknowledging his faith in Jesus Christ, recently was baptized in a public service, Southern Baptist missionaries report. A crowd clapped and cheered as President Levy Mwanawasa rose from the water in an outdoor baptistery behind a Baptist seminary chapel in Lusaka, Zambia's capital. The event drew hundreds of people, including public officials, leaders and pastors from the area and neighboring countries. On the day of his baptism, Mwanawasa shared his spiritual journey before a packed chapel service. He told listeners he had been "struck" by Jesus—similarly to the Apostle Paul's experience on the road to Damascus. Mwanawasa, a successful lawyer and former vice president, took office in 2002. He remembers attending a Baptist school as a boy, but his relationship with Christ began to transform when he started attending Twin Palm Baptist Church in Lusaka in 2003.

Baptist Press via Religion Today Summaries

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Praise/Pray: Ousted Christian Prof Sees God's Hand in His Firing—An evangelical Christian professor at the University of Colorado is speaking out after allegedly being fired for his political and religious conservatism. Controversial CU professor Ward Churchill—who has been quoted as saying the World Trade Center 9/11 victims deserved their fate, as "little Eichmanns"—may still have his teaching job, but CU history professor Phil Mitchell will not. Mitchell was recently told his contract would not be renewed after this school year because his teaching did not meet department standards and because he was proselytizing students in the classroom. According to Mitchell, a CU administrator was offended that he had students read Charles Sheldon's book In His Steps. Mitchell says he can see God's hand in the situation. Since his firing was made public, Mitchell has received scores of e-mails and phone calls from former and current students showing their appreciation for his work. Mitchell says when he leaves CU, he hopes to find a teaching job at a Christian college.

AgapePress via Religion Today Summaries

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Praise: TLW Plans Nationwide Abstinence Emphasis—A Christian abstinence program has launched an initiative designed to help communities find strategies for reclaiming and proclaiming the value of sexual purity among young people. True Love Waits (TLW) is a youth-based international campaign that uses positive peer pressure to encourage teenagers to commit to remain sexually pure until marriage. TLW co-founder Jimmy Hester said in this new "Takes the Town" initiative, the various human elements and corporate entities that make up a city or town ideally "would come together along with churches and the religious community and give a concerted effort to put this message out to challenge teenagers to remain sexually abstinent until marriage." TLW hopes to involve 50 communities during the first year of its "Takes the Town" initiative. Since 1993, an estimated 2.5 to 3 million youths have signed pledge cards, promising to remain sexually abstinent until marriage.

Agape Press via Religion Today Summaries

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