January 9, 2003 Print Edition

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Personnel slain by gunman with ties to al-Queda network in Yemen

JIBLA,Yemen (FBW)-Three Americans were killed and another wounded Monday, Dec. 30, when a lone gunman attacked a Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, according to a news release from the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board.

Cloning claim brings pro-life warning from leaders

WASHINGTON (BP)-The announcement of the birth of a cloned baby, whether true or not, demonstrates why the United States should act soon to prohibit all human cloning, pro-life leaders said.

'Black Hawk Down' hero urges Gator Bowl teams to trust Christ

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Comparing a soldiers going to war as the military's Super Bowl, Jeff Struecker, an American war hero featured in the movie "Black Hawk Down," told football players the definition of success is not to be drafted by the National Football League.

Point-of-View

The atonement is God's way of reconciling all people to himself through the death of Jesus Christ, who died in payment of our sins. Today's evangelical movement has downplayed the significance of the atonement, questioning its relevance in humanity's salvation. This "politically correct" world we live in claims that there are many ways to God. They are trying to drain the blood from biblical atonement. This is the second in a four part series that disputes this claim and focuses on the priority of Christ's atonement for our sins.

Point-of-View

In the fall of 2001, after I met with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, I reported to you how much the secretary's understanding of just war impressed me. Every attempt was being made, I was convinced, to fight a just war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Bibliocipher

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.

State retirees demonstrate Convention's diversity

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Four Florida Baptist Convention employees have retired in recent months after serving the cause of Christ for decades. Their areas of responsibility demonstrate the wide diversity of the Convention's work-from starting new churches for language congregations to promoting the Cooperative Program in local churches; from cultivating African American ministries in the panhandle to offering a retreat for Florida Baptists in training.

Theological education extension centers announce spring classes

A slate of spring classes is set to begin at the Florida Baptist Convention's Theological Education and Distance Learning extension centers located throughout the state Jan. 23 through Jan. 27, depending on the location and degree program.

Struecker talks about interfaith relations, women chaplains

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Saying he has no qualms about wishing anyone "Merry Christmas," Army Ranger Captain Jeff Struecker, an active-duty chaplain, expressed his views on a variety of topics in a Dec. 27 interview with Florida Baptist Witness.

Training update

-- Gary Chapman to hold marriage seminar in Panama City
-- Men urged to 'Carry the Flame' during Stand Firm 2003
-- Women's Winter Gathering: 'Romance of the Heart'
--FAITH celebrates fifth anniversary at Daytona meeting

Florida Focus

A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please send materials at least three weeks before the date of the event, to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207, fax 904-346-0696 or e-mail Carolyn Nichols.

William Koehn 'died doing what he loved to do'

MANSFIELD, Texas (BP)-William Koehn spent nearly three decades serving the people of Yemen in response to God's call.

Kathleen Gariety was committed to be a friend

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BP)-Kathleen Gariety knew the immense danger of living in Yemen as an American and a Christian, but she saw the people around her as good friends and neighbors, her pastor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Martha Myers: A life dedicated to caring for the people of Yemen

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)-If Martha Myers had been told that she would be shot and killed in Yemen, she would have stayed there, her friends and relatives believe.

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