November 6, 2003 Print Edition

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Panel voices concern about religious liberty in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (BP)–Southern Baptist executive Richard Land joined other members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent and bipartisan federal agency, at the White House Oct. 10 to present President George W. Bush with the commission’s 2003 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

Rickshaw ride on hot day is turning point for Asian boy

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week begins the Witness’ coverage of the International Missions Emphasis for 2003. Nov. 30 — Dec. 7, Southern Baptists will focus on God’s intention that every people group hear the good news of His love and salvation in Jesus Christ. This year’s theme – "That All Peoples May Know Him: Follow God’s Purpose" – emphasizes God’s people aligning their lives with God’s redemptive mission in the world.

The national goal for this year’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $133 million, with a challenge goal of $150 million – every penny of which will go to send missionaries and support their ministries. The International Mission Board relies on the Lottie Moon offering for 50 percent of its annual income.

SOUTH ASIA (IMB)—"Abdul" stumbled sadly along the side of a road in south Asia.

Pastor's book aims at ‘taming’ thought-life before sin begins

LAKELAND (FBW)—The pastor could not believe he had done what he always assured his wife would never happen—he had been unfaithful to his marital vows. Thinking about the prospect of sharing this stunning news with her and their children, as well as his church family, he was crushed.

Guest Editorial

Dear Mr. Prowse,

It would be my great joy to persuade you that God&'s demand for worship is beautiful love, not ugly pride. On March 30, 2003 you wrote in the London Financial Times:


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Once we seek and experience God’s passion for the nations, going on mission with Him to the nations through prayer, personal involvement and missions giving becomes a matter of obedience.


The importance of a well organized plan that clearly delineates the task and expectations of the church family is important. A proposal that is unclear and uncertain will be met with mixed acceptance. The pastor has the responsibility of presenting his vision in a focused and concise manner. If the leader understands where he is going then the church will respond in a more positive manner.


Columnist Michael Kinsley just can’t see what all the fuss is about. Not long ago, Kinsley predicted correctly that the Supreme Court’s decision on Texas’s sodomy law would lead to a renewed push for gay "marriage." He also predicted, again correctly, that opponents of gay "marriage" would fight back. "It’s going to get ugly," Kinsley warned. "And then it’s going to get boring."


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.

Sekulow supports Gov. Bush, assists Schiavo’s parents

CLEARWATER (FBW)—Asking to intervene in a lawsuit that is expected to go before the Florida Supreme Court, the American Center for Law and Justice, filed a motion Oct. 30 in the Circuit Court for Pinellas County to intervene on behalf of the parents of Terri Schiavo, a 39-year-old brain damaged woman at the center of a national debate.

Bi-vocational pastor is Florida’s ‘Outstanding Smaller Church Pastor of the Year’

HILLIARD (FBC)—With an average attendance of 12 and only $18,000 in annual receipts, Eastwood Baptist Church in Hilliard struggled to keep its doors open until Neal Thompson took the reigns in 1998.

How 30 doubting farmers became 100,000 disciples

EAST ASIA (IMB) — The revolution started with 30 doubting farmers.

It was long after dark. Weary from working all day in the fields, they sat in the church – the smallest of only three churches in a county of nearly 700,000 people – and listened to "John," a visiting Southern Baptist missionary.

CPMs: What you can do

What can you do to support church-planting movements among the peoples of the world? Check these suggestions from several missionaries in the thick of the action:

Training trainers starts a chain reaction

Training trainers who not only evangelize, disciple and start churches but train others to do likewise "starts a ‘chain reaction,’" explains a missionary strategist.

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