May 1, 2003 Print Edition

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FBSC to mark 150th in year-long celebration

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Florida Baptists will commemorate the past, give thanks for the present and champion their promising future when they observe the 150th Anniversary of the Florida Baptist State Convention in 2004.

NOBTS to open Pensacola extension

NEW ORLEANS (BP)- A graduate extension center program will be offered in Florida's panhandle at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola in response to requests from potential seminary students in the area.

Regional sites needed for Iraq 'Gift of Love' food boxes

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-The "Gift of Love" food project for Iraq is "picking up," according to Fritz Wilson, director of the Florida Baptist Men's Department of the Florida Baptist Convention.

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Point-of-View

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Christians often speak of the importance of witnessing to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others in their community. And while we desire to see non-believers come to Christ, we are often reluctant to share our faith with others. Some of it is fear. Yet we also wonder if we will say the right words or offend the other person. What is the answer?

Point-of-View

It was early morning, Iraqi time. Crouched in a modified tank, NBC News correspondent David Bloom picked up his phone and played back his messages. One was from Jim Lane, a New York financier and Wilberforce Forum advisory board member. The two were sharing a daily, long-distance devotional time using Oswald Chambers's classic, My Utmost for His Highest. Lane read the message for April 5, based on Matthew 25: "Because of what the Son of Man went through, every human being can now get through into the very presence of God."

Bibliocipher

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.

Burton tells FBC staff: 'Be spiritual storm troopers'

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Holding a picture of an American soldier being baptized in the Iraqi desert, David Burton, director of the Evangelisms Division for the Florida Baptist Convention, told his colleagues, "God wants us to be spiritual storm troopers, a Delta force in hand-to-hand evangelism."

Foundation exec. 'Gus' Johnson dies

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Gustave "Gus" E. Johnson, the retired executive secretary-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Foundation between 1962 and 1981, died April 17 in the Palm Garden Nursing Home in Jacksonville, following a lengthy illness. He was 90 years old.

Lawmakers likely to extend 2003 legislative session

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Marking what should have been the beginning of the final days of a 60-day regular session, both Florida Senate President Jim King (R-Jacksonville) and House Speaker Johnnie Byrd (R-Plant City) told reporters April 25 the 2003 Florida Legislative Session will be extended by at least a week.

Carolyn Rhea, wife of former PBAU president, dies in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH (FBW)-Carolyn Rhea, wife of Palm Beach Atlantic University's fourth president, the late Claude H. Rhea, died April 15 at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach, where she had lived five years.

Heritage Village adds Clark-Wall House

GRACEVILLE (BCF)-The newest addition to The Baptist College of Florida's Heritage Village was dedicated in a ceremony featuring college family and friends April 4. The addition of the Clark-Wall House marks the eighth structure to be added to the historic village that brings together turn of the twentieth century churches, homes, and other structures in an effort to keep history alive for BCF students.

IMB anticipates budget shortfall after LM offering

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)-International Mission Board leaders are outlining options to help avoid deficit spending if the 2002 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering does not reach its $125 million goal when the books close May 31.

Guidelines for submitting SBC resolutions

PHOENIX (BP)-Detailed guidelines for submitting resolutions to be considered by the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee have been posted on the SBC website, www.sbc.net.