February 20, 2003 Print Edition

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President Bush rallies the troops at Mayport

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-On the brink of America's likely war with Iraq, President Bush, saluted thousands of sailors, families and civilians at Mayport Naval Station, Feb. 13- appealing to their sense of justice, pointing out the danger of inactivity and drawing on the nations' historical response to crises.

January CP receipts set new record

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-A new monthly record in Cooperative Program giving was set in January when Florida Baptist churches gave $3,815,035.35 through the Cooperative Program.

Yemen hospital reopened

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP)-Barely a month after three Southern Baptist medical workers were murdered, the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, has reopened, the medical center's business manager told a group of Baptist editors Feb. 7.


The White House Press Briefing Room seldom allows for theological debate, but a last-minute question from an "unbiased" journalist turned the White House press corps into unsuspecting seminary students.


In the past two months, two conservative journals have discovered what most of us already knew: There is a lot of junk out there being marketed to Christians.


References to the Kingdom of God (or to the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom) are numerous in the New Testament, especially in the four Gospels.


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.

Provided by Charles Marx

9-11 brings a new beginning to Orlando couple

ORLANDO (FBW)-Although pollsters say that they find no lasting spiritual effect among the American population as a result of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks, one Orlando couple marks that date as the beginning of a new spiritual pilgrimage.

Convention announces new churches

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started twenty-two new churches in January 2003.

Training Update

Senior Adult Conclaves explore "God's Work of Heart"

Studies on Islam, Judaism, Occultism and Apologetics featured at conferences

Overcoming hurdles focus of South Florida Sunday School training

Evangelism training offered for Pensacola blitz

Ocala to host 'Becoming Soul Mates' seminar

Florida Briefs

Prospective students invited to BCF Open House

PBAU School of Nursing to open in fall; writing conference planned

President Bush visits Mayport Naval Station

Pictures of President Bush's visit to Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville on Feb. 13

Former Klansman confronts hate

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)-When Oklahoma State Sen. Gene Stipe and civil rights activist Wade Watts walked into a restaurant in the late 1950s, a waitress confronted them at the door and told Watts, an African American, that the restaurant did not serve Negroes.

Once a zealot of racism, now a messenger of reconciliation

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)-The jangling phone woke Johnny Lee Clary in the middle of the night.

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