October 9, 2008 Print Edition

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State Board learns of stagnant economic picture

MARIANNA (FBC)—News of more than a half million dollar budget shortfall in Cooperative Program giving cast a pall over action taken by the State Board of Missions during its Sept. 26 meeting at Blue Springs Conference Center in Marianna.

Baptist College of Florida celebrates ‘Sixty-Five Seasons of Service’

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The week of Sept. 22-26 The Baptist College of Florida family paused to celebrate “Sixty-five Seasons of Service” and recharge for the years ahead.

BCF trustees approve new student housing, programs

Graceville (BCF)—At a pre-convention meeting in Graceville, trustees of the Baptist College of Florida (BCF) authorized construction of a new generation of student housing. Continuing its practice of building smaller, “home-style” residence halls, the college will provide a new complex that will accommodate up to ten buildings each housing fourteen students.

BCF’s Brent Gay takes to the airwaves for Disaster Relief

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Brent Gay, a student at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, was part of the Emergency Communications (EmComm) unit for the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief team which was activated to respond after Hurricane Ike tore through Galvaston, Texas in early September.

‘Great connection’ needed around the world for evangelism, Welch tells Korean evangelicals

SEOUL, South Korea (BP)—”Everything is in place to fulfill the Great Commission in our lifetime,” Bobby Welch declared.

Military chaplains in Korea told ‘stick to the stuff’

SEOUL, South Korea (BP)—”Stick to the stuff” was Bobby Welch’s focus in addressing 10 Southern Baptist military chaplains stationed in South Korea.

F.A.I.T.H. in Korean

SEOUL, South Korea (BP)—Bobby Welch’s first act at the Korea Baptist Mission offices in Seoul probably wasn’t surprising. He asked for evangelistic tracts to distribute to those he might meet in his travels around the Korean peninsula.

County crosses denominational lines for evangelistic event

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The largest spiritual response in Taylor County, Ky.’s history has lessons for Southern Baptist congregations across the nation, evangelist Rick Gage says.

University’s ‘First Class’ responds en masse to altar call

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (BP)—On Sept. 15, during “First Class,” a mandatory course for incoming freshmen, nearly a third of Campbellsville University’s incoming students responded to an altar call by Atlanta-based evangelist Rick Gage.

‘Stay the course’ when market drops, Guidestone president advises

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Even though sharp drops in the stock market have many Southern Baptist pastors worried about their retirement funds, making an emotional decision to get out of the market is unwise, the president of Guidestone Financial Resources told members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Sept. 23.

Analysis: Market drop not a time for panic

DALLAS (BP)—Long-term retirement investors should stay focused on their goals, not on short-term market fluctuations, including even the Sept. 15 sell-off that resulted in the single worst trading day since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

‘Pulpit freedom’ touted in 7 SBC churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Pastors of at least seven Southern Baptist congregations participated in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” a Sept. 28 free speech initiative to test the 54-year-old Supreme Court ruling that forbids the endorsement of political candidates from the pulpit.

Man shares Gospel through hitchhiking

LA PUENTE, Calif. (BP)—He’s “J.L.” on his business card. His wife calls him “Mac.” Some friends call him “James,” although he often forgets to stand up when he’s introduced as James. But he’s best known simply as “The Hitchhiker,” especially among Southern Baptists in California.

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