November 26, 2009 Print Edition

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Convention retiree Bob Cook dies after extended illness

WAYCROSS, GA (FBC)—Robert S. Cook, who retired as director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Family Life Department in 1989, died Nov. 19 at his home in Waycross, Ga. The 85-year-old had been in 24-hour home hospice care for several weeks.

IMB takes ‘step of faith’ to appoint 55 new missionaries

SHREVEPORT, La. (BP)—Despite the rocky economy and a red-line budget, International Mission Board trustees took a step of faith Nov. 10 when they celebrated the appointment of 55 new missionaries at Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., in conjunction with the Louisiana Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Earlier this year, 25 of the 55 appointees were told they would be delayed going to the mission field until 2010 because there wasn’t enough money to send them. The global recession, decreased giving through the Cooperative Program and a $29 million shortfall in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering left the IMB with a limited budget, forcing trustees to restrict new missionary appointments.

Rebecca St. James passionate about pro-life message

TAMPA (FBW)—Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, author and actress Rebecca St. James, who stars in a soon-to-be-released pro-life motion picture, helped Life Impact Network (LIN) celebrate the rescue so far this year of nearly 300 unborn babies at their annual fundraising gala Nov. 5.

St. James, a long-time supporter of the True Love Waits campaign that encourages young people to save sex for marriage, said she became passionate about supporting crisis pregnancy centers when two of her friends shared with her how their lives were devastated by abortion.

Chaplain sees God at work among UM Hurricanes

MIAMI (FBW)—For 11 football seasons, University of Miami players have been thankful for Florida Baptist pastor and chaplain Steven Caldwell. He says God is working among the players at a university where some would not expect—with a team that in the past was known for “swagger and bravado.”

“In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we were known as ‘Thug-U.’ Our persona on the field was ‘we’re going into your yard and we’re going to kick over the garbage cans.’ But now, these are competent and good young men,” Caldwell said.

‘Mahattan Declaration’ calls for civil disobedience when necessary

WASHINGTON (BP)—A diverse group of Christian leaders joined together Nov. 20 to declare a commitment to defend the sanctity of human life, biblical marriage and religious liberty without compromise.

In a 4,700-word statement named the Manhattan Declaration, about 150 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox signers said they were coming together to “embrace our obligation” to speak and act in support of the dignity of all human beings, marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and the freedom to express religious convictions.

Festivals of Marriage hits 30th anniversary

PANAMA CITY (LCR)—Marriage needs to be taken seriously, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dull.

Couples attending the Festival of Marriage in Panama City, Fla., Sept. 25-27, 2009, had the opportunity to not only have fun in a beautiful setting but also to gain skills to make their marriages more fulfilling. The couples’ event was sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

LifeWay special needs ministry turns 30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—This fall LifeWay Christian Resources celebrates the 30th anniversary of publishing printed Sunday School lessons for special needs learners, resources that were rare prior to the late 1970s.

Hispanic population growth challenges Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The astonishing growth of America’s Hispanic population presents great opportunities—as well as challenges—for Southern Baptist witness and ministry, a consortium of convention leaders were told Oct. 2.

The Hispanic population is growing faster than any other ethnic-cultural segment of the U.S. population—tripling since 1980 and expected to triple again by 2050, said Daniel Sanchez, professor of missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, during Hispanic Consortium ’09 in Nashville, Tenn. Projections indicate Hispanics in the U.S. will number 128 million by 2050—nearly 30 percent of the entire population.

Stetzer shares church planting mistakes at Catalyst conference

ATLANTA (LCR)—For the second year in a row LifeWay Christian Resources shared resources and hosted a booth at the Catalyst Conference, an event geared specifically to Christian leaders under the age of 40. This year’s conference, themed “On Your Mark,” celebrated Catalyst’s 10th anniversary and drew more than 13,000 people to the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta.

Catalyst sessions addressed a wide variety of topics including organizational and personal leadership, integrity, character, relationships and vision. Well-known Christian leaders, including LifeWay Research Director Ed Stetzer, spoke to attendees about leadership, missional engagement and ministry in today’s culture.

BLOG: ‘Blind Side’ movie reminder of Good Samaritan

It’s not a football movie. It’s not a chick flick. It preaches without being preachy. It’s PG-13, but a movie families should consider watching together.

Editorial: A time for disobedience

Is there anything which the government would compel you to do for which you believe it’s permissible to disobey? Even more, is there anything the state would require you to practice for which you would be obligated to resist?

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Point of View: O Britannia! Depressingly predictable

The constitution of St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha islands states that the British territory wishes to respect “Christian and family values.” And the constitution of the Cayman Islands declares that it is a “God-fearing country based on traditional Christian values,” where “religion finds its expression in moral living and social justice.”

BCF homecoming, Christmas production, speakers

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida is hosting its annual Holiday Homecoming Dec 4., 5-7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Village on Sanders Ave.

Obituary: Carson Brittain

Carson Brittain, 94, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Lake City, died Oct. 2 as a result of a long-term illness.

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