January 23, 2003 Print Edition

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Murdered workers victorious even in death

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)-Even as they grieve for three Southern Baptist workers killed in Jibla, Yemen, Christians can rejoice in the victory they won with their lives, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said during a Jan. 10 memorial service at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

Romanian crisis pregnancy center curbs abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-As the United States marks the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in America, a group of Christians is working hard in Romania to curb the practice of murdering unborn children.

Florida 2002 CP giving surpasses 2001 gifts by two percent

Jacksonville (FBC)-While many religious organizations are coping with declining offerings and budget shortfalls, Florida Baptists are giving record amounts to undergird the missions and ministries supported through the Cooperative Program.


In 1997, Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal. Since then several species have been cloned, increasing the likelihood that someone would clone a human being. Rogue scientists announced plans to clone humans in March of 2001. On July 31, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that Congressman Stupak and I introduced to ban human cloning by a bipartisan majority. Despite the President's strong support, the Senate did not act.


For the past three weeks, we have examined the doctrine of atonement as the radical demarcation of Christianity from other religions and as a fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrificial system. But to fully understand the atonement, it must be interpreted in the light of the new covenant.


Steven Pinker, the MIT professor and popular science commentator, has written a new book that won't make him any friends in the politically correct crowd. But before you get too excited, you need to know that Pinker, who believes in evolutionary psychology, gets the most important question wrong: the "why" behind all the "what" he is describing.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Hollister sees Kingdom of God in volunteers, donations

HOLLISTER (FBW)-The rapidly growing congregation needed more space, but it seemed impossible they would be able to expand, given their limited financial base.

Children's Homes names Daniel Lamb South Florida administrator

LAKELAND (FBW)-Lakeland-based Florida Baptist Children's Homes announced the appointment of Daniel C. Lamb as South Florida area administrator. He succeeds Charlie Cox, who was promoted within the organization.

BCF hosts second annual Ministry Assistants' Conference Feb. 21

GRACEVILLE (FBW)-The second annual Ministry Assistants' Conference is planned at The Baptist College of Florida Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FAITH celebrates 5 years of Sunday School evangelism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-FAITH's national training plan turns five years old this month.

Training offered in customizing evangelism to church, community

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Are you tired of evangelism programs that seem to run out of steam and are ineffective? The Florida Baptist Convention's Evangelism Strategy Department is offering a series of intentionally evangelistic church strategy workshops across the state to help pastors and full-time church staff customize an approach for biblical evangelism that is suited to their churches and communities.

Burning the mortgage

North Jacksonville Baptist Church held a mortgage burning ceremony Dec. 31 to celebrate the retirement of the $6 million debt incurred when the church relocated in 1989. On Dec. 8, the congregation gave more than $281,000, the largest single offering in its 65-year history, in a "Prove the Tithe/Miracle Building Fund" emphasis. Participating in the ceremony were (left to right) Herb Reavis Jr., pastor; Buddy Francis, associate pastor; Tim Rigdon, minister of music; Alan Eubanks, senior vice-president, First Alliance Bank; and Chris Coram, business administrator.

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Learn how to manage culture shock, witness effectively

Training offered on supervising missions volunteers

Gary Chapman to hold marriage seminar in Panama City

Men urged to 'Carry the Flame' during Stand Firm 2003

Student-missionaries' letter urges rhetorical restraint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-An appeal for a change in tone in Baptists' comments about Islam has been issued by a group of student-missionaries stationed in Muslim-dominated lands.

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