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ALPHARETTA, Ga. (NAMB/BP)—The North American Mission Board has informed the Great Commission Task Force that data it provided last summer regarding the geographic distribution of missionaries in North America contained a significant error. The NAMB error resulted in incorrect data being published in the Feb. 22 "progress report" issued by the GCRTF.
ORLANDO (FBW) – Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June SBC annual meeting in Orlando, David Uth, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, announced March 11.
Wright is the first announced candidate for president in 2010. Current SBC President Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., is ineligible for re-election.
WASHINGTON (BP)--The House of Representatives barely passed a controversial health-care bill Sunday, deeply disappointing pro-life Americans who hoped a small group of Democrats would block legislation they say will permit federal funding of abortion and likely increase the rate of the procedure.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida Baptist Convention Legislative Consultant Bill Bunkley continues to express concern about gambling expansion during the current legislative session, while he continues to monitor and speak to other legislation of concern to Florida Baptists.
Summarizing recent gambling activity, Bunkley told Florida Baptist Witness March 20, the fact that no public action has taken place on gambling legislation in the last week is only the “proverbial calm before the big storm as the rumor mill is churning with reports of House and Senate negotiators conducting serious talks with the Seminole Tribe, with the pari-mutuels along for the ride.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—If you wrote a letter to God, addressed the envelope “To God” and then mailed it, where would it end up?
I’m not sure what would happen to such a letter in real life, but in an upcoming film, the letter and others like it end up being read by others and changing the hearts and lives of an entire community—all because of the faith of an 8-year-old-boy who has cancer and writes his prayers on paper.
Love your enemies, Jesus said.
We nod in easy agreement with the theory. It’s the application that gets sticky. Which enemies, exactly, are you prepared to love? The guy who tailgates you on the road? The “friend” who spreads lies about you?
What about Osama bin Laden?
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Noting an emphasis on revival and spiritual renewal—both personal and corporate—in the progress report presented to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Feb. 22, John Cross, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, said he is grateful for a focus on the Great Commission—“because obviously that’s where it starts.”
Cross, pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port, said the GCRTF has cast a vision moving Southern Baptists to repentance and prompting them to share in a sense of loss for unreached people groups globally and domestically.
LEESBURG (FBC)—Haitian orphans will have a glimpse of hope as they receive “GO” bags full of matchbox cars, marbles, jump ropes, picture books, flashlights, and many other toys—one of several hands-on mission projects to take place April 9-10 during the 2010 SonShine Missions Conference.
Joni B. Hannigan, Witness' Managing Editor since 2002, was a guest of the Israel Ministry of Tourism on a press trip with 11 other journalists March 8-14.