October 16, 2003 Print Edition

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Passport: A pastor’s ticket to gaining passion for global missions

GAINESVILLE (FBW)–The 92 percent of Southern Baptist pastors who have not set foot on foreign soil as part of a mission project were a special focus at a conference in Gainesville Oct. 9-10.

Poll finds support for public religious expression

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The majority of Americans have no problem allowing references to God in the public square, according to a recent poll.

NAMB, IMB leaders to join in launch of ‘Acts 1:8 Challenge’ for Southern Baptists

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Presidents of the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board announced a proposal for an "unprecedented" joint meeting next spring to launch "The Acts 1:8 Challenge," a new initiative designed to help associations, state conventions and the mission boards partner more effectively with churches.

Guest Editorial

In celebration of Jonathan Edwards’ 300th birthday this month, let him teach us the pilgrim mindset. In September of 1733, he preached a sermon called "The Christian Pilgrim, Or, The True Christian’s Life a Journey Toward Heaven." It was based on Hebrews 11:13-14:


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WEST PALM BEACH (BP)–Children who are in custody for protection by Florida’s Department of Children and Families, or those who have been recommended for such protection, are unfortunate poster children for egregious episodes of abuse and neglect by a troubled government agency.


When a newspaper calls its letters section "Voice of the People," can you expect to read what readers really think? Or do editors reserve the right to interpret readers’ words to comply with their own preconceptions?


RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–A potential financial crisis looms for the Southern Baptist Convention as church members decrease denominational support, according to a convention study.


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.

Latin American seminary leaders hold historic meeting

MIAMI (FBC)—In what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind, representatives from 10 Latin American and Caribbean seminaries convened to discuss educational support with representatives of the Florida Baptist Convention and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in Miami Sept. 19-20.

E-Conference messages available through Web site

Without leaving the comfort of their own living room or study, Florida Baptists across the state will have the opportunity to hear messages presented at two regional E-Conferences set for South Biscayne Baptist Church in North Port Oct. 12-13, and Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola Oct. 19-20.

Mission volunteers lend hands to motivate others

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Every weekend, Bill and Elaine Newcomb load up their motor home, drive through North Florida’s sweeping, rustic countryside and ask leaders of small rural churches, "What has God called you to do here that we can help accomplish?"

UPDATED EDITORIAL: Starving a woman to death

CLEARWATER, Fla. --A five-year legal battle to remove the feeding tube of Terri Schindler Schiavo seemingly ended Oct. 15 -- with the death of the 39-year-old, brain-damaged woman now imminent. The determined effort of husband Michael Schiavo acting as her legal guardian to starve his wife to death may be realized in a matter of days.

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