May 15, 2008 Print Edition

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Prayer emphasis at SBC annual meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Several prayer initiatives within the Southern Baptist Convention in the coming months reflect an expanding emphasis on intercession and seeking God’s guidance.

Traylor to nominate Hunt for SBC president

PENSACOLA (BP)—Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, announced May 6 he will nominate Johnny M. Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC’s June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis. Hunt is among five announced nominees for the post, joining former International Mission Board missionary Avery Willis and Les Puryear, senior pastor of Lewisville (N.C.) Baptist Church, who recently were announced, Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Ga., and William L. (Bill) Wagner, a former Southern Baptist missionary and president of Olivet University International in San Francisco.

Tanzanian warrior single-handedly shares God’s faithfulness

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Never have problems.

Former residents of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes reunite April 26-27

LAKELAND (FBCH)—Former residents of the Lakeland Campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home travelled across the country to gather for a special reunion event in Lakeland during the weekend of April 26-27.

Point of View

There are a good many things about which most of us maintain a healthy skepticism. Some of those are listed in the title of this essay. However skeptical you may be, there are two categories of humans for whom at least one of the above is very real—the terrified and those who love to tell ghost stories to keep the fearful tied in a knot. While statistics and their interpretation are not unimportant (3,000 saved on the Day of Pentecost), they often function in Southern Baptist life to remind me of a search for goblins that have no reality. LifeWay recently released statistics gathered from reports of the churches. Doomsayers and analysts immediately began to explain to readers what the numbers “meant” and why such catastrophic shrinkage had occurred in Southern Baptist churches. So, to paraphrase Luke, “since many have taken in hand” this assessment, maybe one more will do no harm. In fact, another perspective might even be helpful.

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Like many other things in our society, marriages that fail receive the most publicity. Millions of married folks in our world are living happy and exemplary lives but no one talks about them.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of five articles by David S. Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., on the authority of the Bible. The five articles were published as one article in the February 2008 issue of SBC Life, journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (

Point of View

The changes our nation has seen over the past 100 years are mind boggling. Transportation, communication, and education barely resemble what existed at the turn of the previous century.

Point of View

When the prophet Isaiah and the apostle John caught glimpses of God, they were overcome with despair at their own unworthiness in the light of His glory. The same could be said of Daniel or Paul, or any number of figures from Scripture.

FBCH dedicates new Piper Children’s Center at Lakeland campus

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes recently dedicated a new15,000-square-foot building on their Lakeland campus, which will be used to serve abused, neglected, and abandoned children statewide. The building is named the Piper Children's Center after the major benefactors of the building, Paul and Shirley Piper.

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