March 8, 2007 Print Edition

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Tiny Miami baby grabs hearts

WASHINGTON (BP)—The birth and record survival of a baby less than 22 weeks gestation could have, and should have, an impact on the perception and treatment of unborn human beings, pro-life bioethics commentators say.

NAMB search team gives nod to Geoffrey A. Hammond as president-elect

ALPHARETTA, GA. (NAMB/FBW)—The president search committee of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board trustees March 1 recommended Geoffrey A. Hammond for the agency's next president. Hammond is Senior Associate Director of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.

Convention's Mark Stephens dies at age 41

ORLANDO (FBC)—Mark Stephens, director of the Florida Baptist Convention's Theological Education and Distance Learning Department since 2002, died unexpectedly Sunday night, March 4, of an apparent heart attack at his Orlando home. He was 41 years old.

SBC's CP up 6%; suggests rise in cooperation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—With year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program now 6.05 percent ahead of the same time frame in 2006, SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman noted, "This surge in giving through the Cooperative Program can be seen as nothing less than God's extended blessing upon the work of Southern Baptists to extend the Gospel to the world.

Volunteers respond after deadly tornadoes rip through Southeast

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (BP)—A tornado destroyed a high school in Enterprise, Ala., March 1, killing at least eight students in a string of deadly tornadoes that left a total of 20 people dead in Missouri, Alabama and Georgia.

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On Sunday March 4, the Discovery Channel broadcasted "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." On the same weekend HarperSanFrancisco published a book accompanying the documentary titled The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence that Could Change History. Both the documentary and book possess entertainment value; however, the book contains numerous entertaining hypotheses not mentioned in the documentary.

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An interesting letter to the editor appeared in the March 1 edition of The Times-Picayune, the daily newspaper for the New Orleans metro. The writer, apparently a Roman Catholic, expressed her frustration: "I was appalled to see that St. Mark Catholic Church in Chalmette had not been cleaned out yet. The Archdiocese of New Orleans should have called the Baptists. They would have cleaned it out, no questions asked, as they have been and still are doing at other locations in St. Bernard Parish."

Point of View

Isabella Miller-Jenkins is only four years old, but she is at the center of one of the most important legal battles of our time. A judge will soon decide whether a woman with no biological or adoptive ties to Isabella can legally be declared her mother.

BCF offers two new degrees for worship leaders

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—In direct response to a survey of graduates, worship leaders, and churches, the music faculty of Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, will offer two new music degrees.

New Day Orlando conference fee reduced

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A two-day conference designed to assist pastors with their own financial needs and show how their churches can implement a comprehensive stewardship ministry will be held March 22-23 in Orlando.

WMU group tackles one issue at a time

KEATON BEACH (FBW)—Looking into the eyes of 45 children at church Wednesday night—many from broken homes and single-parent families—Betty Bass saw a need to prevent more hurt from impacting other kids. Supporting the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment was one way to do that, Bass told Florida Baptist Witness.

Florida pastor to lead conference on church effectiveness

ORLANDO (FBC)—Discovering a need for "God-sized results," Tim Passmore, pastor of Woodland Baptist Church in Bradenton, wrote Outcome: A Blueprint for Becoming an Effective Church.

GEORGIA: They 'huddled down' & prayed while winds raged

ATLANTA (Index)—At least five Georgia Baptist churches received substantial damage and one associational office was destroyed following the tornado-spawning storms which rolled through three states and into central Georgia March 1. Georgia Baptist disaster relief volunteers are setting up on site to begin a variety of ministries.

Youth building disintegrates 30 minutes after meeting cancelled

COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP)—The evening of March 1 leaders called off a Young Life meeting because of strong winds and heavy rains. Thirty minutes later a tornado hit the building where the group was to meet. It exploded, with half the building disintegrating and the other half flung across the campus of Wynnwood Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga.

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