October 2, 2003 Print Edition

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SBC ‘crisis’ looming unless giving improves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–An increase in biblical giving and an understanding of the value of the Cooperative Program are necessary if the Southern Baptist Convention is to avoid a financial crisis in the near future, according to a report adopted by the convention’s Executive Committee Sept. 23.

Florida volunteers respond in aftermath of Isabel

Norfolk, Va. (FBC)–More than 100 Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers have journeyed some 1,000 miles one way to Washington D.C. and Virginia to help victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel’s Sept. 18 march through the Mid-Atlantic States.

Hispanic Baptists celebrate decade of growth and denominational ties

MIAMI (FBC)– A celebration of a decade’s growth drew 1,000 of Florida’s Hispanic Baptists to the 10th annual Hispanic State Fellowship meeting Sept. 19. The ceremonial event at Coral Park Baptist Church, Miami, lauded the increased ministry involvement of the Hispanic community and reaffirmed a commitment to Baptist ties.


The pastor is granted spiritual authority within the church and is responsible for the stewardship of this mantle. This position is not one of power but of purpose. The privilege of serving as a pastor within the local church is a high and holy calling. The authority that he holds is not because of a title, but the result of the call. The pastor who leads with compassion, competency, and commitment will respect the sacred trust that God has granted his life. The pastor has the opportunity to influence the spiritual direction of a church in a unique manner. The pastor is responsible and answerable to the Lord for the leadership that is rendered to the church. The authority of the Lord will rest upon the pastor who obediently responds to the will of the Lord and with integrity fulfills the call of God for his life.


The story is told of a wealthy philanthropist who had given away millions of dollars, particularly to educational institutions, before he lost his fortune in the Great Depression. And some time after the crash of the stock market, he and a friend, both now in a state of financial difficulty, were walking along and they looked at a building that bore the man’s name. He had given his money before the stock market crashed and his name was now etched in stone on the building. And the friend looked at the man, now penniless, and he said, "Now, don’t you regret all the money you gave away?" The man said, "I regret not one penny because all I have today is what I gave away then."


On September 15, 1963, ugly racial hatred exploded in Birmingham, Alabama. The weekend after Birmingham’s public schools were integrated (after a six-year fight), four Ku Klux Klansmen planted dynamite in Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Four African-American girls—Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; Cynthia Wesley, 14; and Addie Mae Collins, 14—died in the Sunday morning explosion.


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.

Worship Expo puts focus on ‘Master of the music’

Orlando (FBC)–As ministers of music in different parts of the state and diverse ministry settings, brothers David Morrell and Jonathan Morrell often seek leadership training to sharpen the skills of laypersons involved in their music ministries.

Hargrave advocates importance of cross

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (SEBTS)—Roy Hargrave encouraged Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary students to make the cross of Christ central to their preaching in his Binkley Chapel message Sept. 16.

Quadriplegic’s special bed story of ‘God's providence’

CAPE CORAL (FBW)–The generosity of Christians in two states to provide critically needed medical equipment for David Peters is, according to his pastor, "a great story of God’s providence."

Orlando hearing on parental notification

ORLANDO (FBW)-A Florida House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution regarding the "privacy" of minors is scheduled for Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Orange Co. Convention Center in Orlando.

Kim urges SBC, ‘Stay with us’ in the Baptist World Alliance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–"Stay with us. Pray with us. Evangelize with us," Billy Kim, the Baptist pastor from South Korea and president of the Baptist World Alliance, urged the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 22.

Executive Committee agenda includes range of items

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Miscellaneous items handled by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee during its Sept. 22-23 meeting in Nashville, Tenn., ranged from missions financing to six-day creation.

SBC Annuity Board looks to change name, extend plans to evangelicals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Executive Committee has approved a recommendation to change the name of the Annuity Board and to permit the entity to serve evangelical ministry organizations outside the SBC.

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