April 14, 2005 Print Edition

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Hemphill calls Florida Baptists to seek God's Kingdom

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) — With 10,000 Southern Baptist churches reporting no baptisms, 51 percent of all churches baptizing five or less persons and two-thirds of all churches either plateaued or declining, the local church is in need of revitalization, said Southern Baptists' national strategist Ken Hemphill.

Southern Baptists saving lives, sharing love after earthquake

GUNUNG SITOLI, Nias, Indonesia (BP)—Five days after a major earthquake rocked Nias, Indonesia, Singaporean relief workers recovered a survivor from the rubble in the capital, Gunung Sitoli. They were using tools provided by Southern Baptists.

Guest Editorial

EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)—If a sparrow cannot fall from the sky without God's knowing it, how much more does He attend to the operations of taxis and their riders? And God is not just an observer; He coordinates the circumstances so that there simply are no coincidences.

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I hate giving up walks. Nothing infuriates me more than starting an inning by giving some guy a free pass to first base, except maybe walking someone with two outs in the inning. If you walk two or three batters in one inning, you aren't going to last long. You might be able to work out of a self-inflicted jam once in a while, but most of the time you can't. They always come back to haunt you.

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It was greatly anticipated. Ladies bought tickets weeks in advance, scrambling for the best seats. They enthusiastically invited new acquaintances and unsaved friends. Our quarterly ladies' luncheons were one of our best church outreach programs. What makes a ladies' luncheon an outreach? I'm glad you asked!

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It is a rainy Wednesday evening and that means a longer drive from my job at GuideStone Financial Resources in uptown Dallas to my home in South Arlington during rush-hour traffic. There won't be enough time to eat a healthful dinner (because I don't do "fast-food") before driving to my church in Fort Worth, Texas.

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In all our contemporary conflicts over the teaching of evolution in schools, there's one question that nobody asks: To what does the embrace of Darwinism lead?

In life and in death, Terri Schiavo inspires "culture of life"

GULFPORT (FBW)—Though the simple human story encompasses birth, life and death, it is the Christian belief of the resurrection which declares 'death does not have the last word' that comforted family members and friends of Terri Schiavo, a woman whose life tragically ended March 31.

Terri Schiavo's death may be catalyst for review of end-of-life laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The passing of Terri Schiavo likely won't be the last of the debate over end-of-life issues. In fact, it may only be the beginning.

State convention president issues personal evangelism challenge

POMPANO BEACH (FBW)—Hayes Wicker, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, challenged south Florida pastors April 4 to evangelize and baptize the lost, to "get behind what God is doing in Broward County," according to Rob Peters, pastor of First Baptist Church, Weston. Area pastors, staff and church leadership gathered at First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, to share lunch and encouragement.

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