November 28, 2002 Print Edition

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IMB PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Five myths about the International Mission Board

EDITORS' NOTE: In a report to trustees of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board during their Oct. 31-Nov. 3 meeting in Dallas, President Jerry Rankin listed five myths making the rounds about the International Mission Board in some Baptist circles. The text of Rankin's report follows.

December 8: A Confident Life

Marcus Buckley is senior pastor of Terry Parker Baptist Church, Jacksonville

December 15: A Productive Life

Marcus Buckley is senior pastor of Terry Parker Baptist Church, Jacksonville

December 8: Using Ordinary People

Wiley Richards ia a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

December 15: Seeking Faithful Obedience

Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Lakeland pastor prays before Congress


First God told him to turn a mall into a church. Then God told him to take on an even more unusual project-present a personalized study Bible to each member of Congress, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Vice-President and the President of the United States.

Vietnam closes 350-plus churches; leaders jailed

Information has been pouring out of Vietnam about a recent wave of government repression against Montagnard evangelicals in Vietnam's Central Highlands, Compass Direct news service reported Nov. 13.

Orlando Christians urged to pray, contact City Council

Orlando City Council voted 4-3 Nov. 18 in favor of adding "sexual orientation" to the City Code. It was the first of two votes needed for passage of a gay rights amendment. Dec. 2, citizens will have one last chance to air their views before the City Council members cast their final votes.

Student 'thankful' after family survives tornado

For Southern Baptist Theological Seminary student Mike Hamby, the morning of Nov. 11 didn't simply crawl along. It nearly stood still.

Tornado Related News

Tornado Related News

Letters to the Editor

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Point-of-View

Recently, Floridians passed a constitutional amendment that outlaws keeping pregnant sows from being housed in stalls that are so small that the pigs are unable to turn around. I dismiss this as a silly thing to put in a state constitution, but it's deadly serious.

Point-of-View

The goal for this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is $125 million--every penny of which will go to support missionaries and their ministries. The International Mission Board draws 35 percent of its income from the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' unified budget. The Lottie Moon offering provides 49 percent.

'The Net' catches on in Brownsville community

Two days before the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting was held in Pensacola, a smaller group of Florida Baptists gathered at the city's Brownsville Baptist Church to epitomize what the Convention meeting was all about-sharing the Gospel message with those who had never heard.

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