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MONTICELLO (FBW)—After nearly three years of not seeing many former fellow members of Little River Baptist Church, 94-year-old Amanda Oucts took the initiative and organized a three-day reunion in October.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Three events designed to train persons to serve as transitional pastors will be broadcast in four locations through interactive video during 2010.
The “Transitional Pastor” conference, set for Jan. 21-22, July 29-30, and Sept. 9-10, will be broadcast at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola; First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, First Baptist Church in Orlando, and the Urban Ministries Center in Hialeah.
The Cooperative Program ministry was begun in 1925. It is a focused appeal to all Southern Baptist Convention churches to cooperate with one another and support Kingdom business on the state and Southern Baptist Convention levels. Financially, it is “putting all your begs in one basket.” The concept of the Cooperative Program was born in the context of theological upheaval, economic crisis and administrative frustration.
A confession of faith is a voluntary statement as to what a person or church or group believes. Baptists have claimed to be non-creedal for a creed seems to indicate a final, perfect authoritative statement of beliefs that are required for salvation and service. Worldwide Baptists should be able to agree that Jesus is Lord, salvation is through grace by faith, baptism is for believers and a free church should practice its beliefs in a free state. Beyond these basic tenets Baptists have written words, statements, tracts, articles and volumes in stating their convictions but seldom get Baptist universal support. The Bible is an objective authority but interpretation of the Bible produces doctrinal statements that are poles apart. Since the early 1600’s Baptists have seen a need to produce documents that state what they believe. These documents only speak for those Baptists who commit themselves to that particular confession or statement.
WASHINGTON (BP)—Ten leaders of a Chinese house church have received years-long criminal detention and “re-education” labor camp sentences for their attempts to protest an attack against their facilities in mid-September, according to reports by the ChinaAid human rights organization.
The harshest punishments—criminal detention sentences handed down Nov. 25—entail incarceration in a high-security prison where inmates often are mentally abused, starved and beaten, according to a spokeswoman for ChinaAid. Yang Rongli, wife of pastor Wang Xiaoguang of the Linfen House Church in the northeastern Chinese city of Linfen with more than 4 million people, received a seven-year sentence while her husband, Wang Xiaoquang, received three years. Three others also received criminal detentions.
WACO, Texas (BP)—I recently watched “Darwin’s Dilemma,” the latest production by Illustra Media supporting the Intelligent Design (ID) view of various findings of science.
The DVD is a thorough examination of a big mystery in the study of fossils: the sudden appearance of complex creatures with no evidence of ancestors of even remotely similar complexity. It is aptly named “Darwin’s Dilemma” because Darwin himself was disturbed by the problems these very fossils represented for his theory of gradualism. He hoped that future discoveries would provide an explanation, but 150 years of intense fossil-hunting later, that looks to be increasingly unlikely.
ORLANDO (FBC)—Beginning with the spring semester, Florida Baptist Theological Education will offer biweekly, instead of weekly, graduate classes in Orlando, Graceville and Miami.
Undergraduate classes in Tampa have been meeting biweekly for the past two years.
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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.
Linda Livingston, program manager for Florida Baptist Children's Homes' Adult Day Training program in Lakeland, works on a project with clients.