October 2, 2008 Print Edition

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Hunt calls for a ‘Great Commission resurgence’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, called for a “Great Commission resurgence,” a renewed zeal for proclaiming the Gospel similar to the fervor that went into the fight for biblical orthodoxy in recent decades.

Disaster relief volunteers bring hope to Louisiana

HOUMA, La. (LBC)—Gary Jones stands in his yard watching as a team from Florida cuts and hauls away piles of branches in his yard. A heart attack three years ago prohibits him from doing heavy manual labor for longs periods of time.

Randall James leads SBC Executive Committee

ORLANDO (FBW)—Most people fear hearing their doctor say, “You have cancer.” Randall James has heard those words at least six times over the past 21 years.

After Ike, churches assess their future

GILCHRIST, Texas (BP)—Arlis and Wanda Russell made a list of the folks who were present for the last service of their home church, knowing it might be the only membership roll that exists.

Arches, churches, cookies, cakes & connections at BCF

GRACEVILLE (BCF)–It might not have been the way the ancients did it, but students at The Baptist of College of Florida in Graceville recently ventured forth to put an arch together, brick by brick.

Rally spurs Starke students to take stand at flagpole

STARKE (FBC)—The trophies sat proudly on the roof of the junkyard car, ready to be crushed by the impact of “Rock Solid,” a multicolored monster truck on a mission.

At home and abroad, Southern Baptists matter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Southern Baptists are making excellent progress, both at home and abroad in special emphases that encourage congregational vitality and promote partnership with like-minded believers around the world, Morris H. Chapman told the SBC Executive Committee during the group’s Sept. 22-23 meeting in Nashville.

In their own words: McCain & Obama on the federal courts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—For the next several weeks, the Witness will periodically run Baptist Press stories which will focus on one specific issue and detail where the two major presidential candidates stand. Called “In Their Own Words,” the stories will avoid commentary and instead present the candidates’ views as they have stated them in the past—either in interviews, speeches, debates or on their campaign websites. Among the topics covered are abortion, the definition of marriage.

New Orleans Seminary’s Landrum Leavell dies at 81

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (BP)–Landrum P. Leavell II, president emeritus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, died Sept. 26 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 81.

SBC’s ERLC president notes revival urgently needed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Addressing trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land said the state of the culture reflects the reality that it has influenced the people of God more than the people of God have influenced society.

Power restored, classes resume at Houston Baptist

HOUSTON (BP)—Classes resumed Sept. 22 at Houston Baptist University, eight days after Hurricane Ike caused an estimated $8 million to $10 million damage to the campus.

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