December 4, 2008 Print Edition

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—At least 200 Southern Baptist Convention-endorsed military chaplains will be pleasantly surprised with a box of Christmas goodies by Dec. 25.

Deaf of Uruguay call out to Jesus

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (BP)—As the congregation begins to sing, the only sound is a faint murmur. Suddenly, the loud pounding of a bongo drum shatters the quiet.

Stretched families thankful for turkey, chicken & country fried steak

NORTH PORT (FBC/FBW)—There was a little bit more to be thankful for on this past Thanksgiving Day, when two Florida Baptist churches gave away free turkeys, chicken nuggets and country fried steaks to their neighbors in need.

Miami judge overturns Florida homosexual adoption ban

MIAMI (FBW) – A state judge declared unconstitutional a 31-year-old Florida law banning homosexuals from adopting children in a Nov. 25 ruling that the Attorney General’s office has given notice it will appeal.

Missionaries aid homeless families in the Congo

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Nearly three tons of rice and beans were distributed to more than 300 homeless families in the Congo by International Mission Board missionaries and church partners Nov. 11-14.

Georgia newspaper criticizes NAMB’s GPS funding strategy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The North American Mission Board’s management of its new “GPS—God’s Plan for Sharing” national evangelism initiative was criticized Nov. 20 in a front-page article, labeled as “analysis,” in The Christian Index, newsjournal of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Georgia Baptist policy impacts female pastors

JONESBORO, Ga. (BP)—Messengers to the Georgia Baptist Convention overwhelmingly approved a policy Nov. 11 that will allow convention officials to refuse donations from individuals and churches—a new policy that apparently will apply to the First Baptist Church of Decatur, which is led by a female pastor.

Chaplains impart support & strength to soldiers in combat

TONGDUCHON, South Korea (BP)—Lt. Col. David Rogers under­stands the importance of having chaplains in a war zone. He says the three best chaplains he’s ever known served with him in combat.

Chaplain looks for ‘God-fearing’ soldiers

SEOUL, South Korea (BP)—Chaplain (CPT) Jim Breckenridge is at home in Korea. Before becoming an Army chaplain, he taught Old Testament at a nondenominational seminary in Seoul for four years.

Army hospital environment challenges chaplains

SEOUL, South Korea (BP)—Chaplain (CPT) Roger Hall understands what it’s like to be an enlisted soldier. Hall began his military career as a private. He moved up through the ranks to master sergeant, and while serving in this capacity he began attending seminary. After graduation, Hall transitioned from a non-commissioned officer into the U.S. Army chaplaincy program.

First Person: A sailor’s journey

NORFOLK, Va. (BP)—”Tattoo, tattoo. Lights out in five minutes. Stand by for evening prayer....

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