May 18, 2006 Print Edition

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New Orleans seminary trustees approve degree-granting ‘hubs’ in Orlando, Atlanta

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Trustees at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary set a course for the seminary’s future by establishing two degree-granting extension centers, restructuring undergraduate and church music degrees and launching new doctoral specializations during their spring meeting April 12.

Lakeland pastor prays at White House

WASHINGTON D.C. (FBW) – Jay Dennis, pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, received an invitation several weeks in advance to attend the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

John Sullivan recovering after mild heart attack

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) – John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, was released from Jacksonville’s Memorial Medical Center May 11 according to Don Hepburn, director of the public relations division of the Convention.

Banner year for Florida summer missionaries

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida’s Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) will send out a record 129 college students to serve as summer missionaries in 11 states, Canada and Mexico and 13 overseas regions this summer.

Floyd to promote spiritual renewal if elected SBC president

SPRINDALE, Ark. (SBT)–Spiritual renewal is the emphasis native Texan Ronnie Floyd will bring to the Southern Baptist Convention if elected president at the June 13-14 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. The pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale, Ark., spoke with the Southern Baptist TEXAN after Georgia pastor Johnny Hunt announced that he would nominate Floyd for the top SBC office.

Point of View

The immigration crisis in the United States is a huge issue, impacting tens of millions of people in many different ways. How do we approach this problem? First, we have to identify “we.” When I speak of “we,” I am referring to Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians who are American citizens. As such, we have responsibilities in two realms: as citizens of the nation and as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom (Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9).

Point of View

This past Good Friday, a man entered Mar Girgis Church in Alexandria, Egypt, and stabbed one worshipper to death and wounded two others. He then went to another church and stabbed three other Christians.

Point of View

Hearing the news that Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro next month first brought acceptance and pleasure – that is, until I read of his dismal record of cooperation through the Cooperative Program.

Point of View

The Cooperative Program was adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in May of 1925. It was implemented to give each Southern Baptist a way to be a part of reaching the world through their local church as a partner with others. This partnership brings together the local church, state convention and national convention for the purpose of eliciting, combining and directing the energies of the whole denomination in one sacred effort for the propagation of the Gospel. The Cooperative Program has been a God inspired way of doing missions since M. E. Dodd introduced it to the convention in Memphis 81 years ago. I add my voice to the call to Southern Baptists to increase giving to this wonderful cooperative delivery system for the Gospel.

Point of View

“Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”

Drama ministry points youth toward imitating Christ

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The aroma of freshly brewed specialty coffee drifts through the air and sounds of fingers tapping against the keyboards of laptop computers, distant conversation, and a faint steady beat of music escaping from headphones is heard all around.

Stem cells, homosexual adoption bills blocked this year

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Pro-family activists in Tallahassee took a “defensive posture” in this year’s legislative session, fighting back stem cell research and homosexual adoptions, rather than attempting to advance an agenda in a manner similar to the 2005 session, Florida Baptist Convention lobbyist Bill Bunkley told Florida Baptist Witness, reflecting on the recently concluded 2006 legislative session.

Students assume personal responsibility in winning lost

PENSACOLA (FBC)—He was raised as a Buddhist in his native Thailand. As a college student at the University of West Florida, he attended a campus event that promised free food. There, he discovered he was experiencing a latent spiritual hunger.

NOBTS returns to New Orleans; SBC volunteers praised

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – After almost eight months away, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary closed its temporary administrative offices in Atlanta and returned home to New Orleans. The return marked yet another milestone on the long road back from Hurricane Katrina.

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