March 22, 2007 Print Edition

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2007 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

GULF SHORES/ORANGE BEACH, ALA. (NAMB)-The Gulf Coast of Alabama is blessed with a usually warm, emerald-green ocean for swimming and sugar-white, soft-sand beaches for sunning. It's a paradise that draws 6 million people a year, but 70 percent of them don't know Christ.

Christians must 'confront culture,' seminary presidents say

Brandon (FBW)—Part revival, part apologetics conference, First Baptist Church in Brandon held a unique series of services recently featuring three Southern Baptist seminary presidents and its host pastor to instruct believers in how they should confront a decaying culture that rejects Christianity.

Welch to expand SBC global relationships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Bobby Welch has been named to the position of Strategist for Global Evangelical Relations with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee.

Gen. Pace defends Pentagon ban on homosexuals in the military

WASHINGTON (BP)—The chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff has defended the Pentagon's ban on homosexuals in the military by saying same-sex acts are "immoral" and similar to adultery.

Point of View

In recent weeks, NBC Nightly News has begun a series of reports entitled "Trading Places: Caring for your Parents." The series began with the personal stories of NBC reporters like Brian Williams, Tim Russert, and Ann Curry, each of whom is dealing with an increasingly common question: what should I do with my aging parents? Baby boomers are beginning to experience sleepless nights as they worry about their mothers and fathers, and legislators should start to worry, too. The fact is that eldercare is already a national problem, and soon will become a national crisis.

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Well, never doubt the power of the media. My recent article on homosexuality ignited a firestorm in the public square. Why? We may never know—but the controversy represents both a challenge and an opportunity.

Point of View

According to its Academy of Social Sciences, China "suffers from the world's most severe brain drain." Approximately two-thirds of the Chinese who have studied abroad in the past two decades did not return home.

2007 VBS Associational Clinics offer training

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Each year, associational Vacation Bible School clinics provide training for about 5,000 Florida VBS workers. Florida Baptist churches will enroll thousands of children in Vacation Bible School this summer, an opportunity that represents the most extensive outreach, evangelism, and prospect-discovering event available to Florida Baptist churches. The following is a list of associational training clinics for the summer Vacation Bible School curriculum. For more information contact your association office or the Florida Baptist Convention Sunday School Department at 800-226-8584, ext. 3079.

BCF faculty members lead conferences in Gainesville, Marianna

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—During one March weekend, faculty of the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville led conferences in Gainesville and Marianna which explored theology and worship leadership.

Florida Baptists start 14 new churches

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 14 new churches in February. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Lawyers ask judge to dismiss charges against men distributing Bibles to Key Largo schoolchildren

KEY LARGO (FBW)—Lawyers for two men arrested in Key Largo earlier this year for passing out Bibles in front of an elementary and middle school filed a motion March 8 in Monroe County Court asking the charges be dismissed.

A return to the original New Testament mission field

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—Ministry in the workplace is prevalent throughout the Bible. The term "work" is mentioned more than 800 times and the Hebrew word "avodah" is the root from which we get the words "work" and "worship."

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