May 25, 2006 Print Edition

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Point of View

On Saturday night, May 6, my wife Nancy and I ate a wonderful meal with Liz and Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. We had fish. Then the next morning I preached at Bellview Baptist Church there and drove home to Jacksonville after church.

Welch travels highways to hollers to push evangelism

GREENSBORO, N.C. (FBW) — Munching on a last-minute salad from a complimentary buffet in a hotel lobby, Bobby Welch readied his final message in Greensboro, N.C., before the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting there in June.

Welch reflects on two years as SBC president

GREENSBORO N.C. (FBW)—Admitting the Southern Baptist Convention will never be without struggles, Bobby Welch pledged to “give the best of the rest” of his life to urging and encouraging Southern Baptists to focus on evangelism.

President to President: Bush invites Welch to private White House meeting

GREENSBORO, N.C. (FBW)–Two times Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch tried to visit American service-members overseas. Two times the door closed abruptly on the combat veteran when conditions turned hostile.

Merritt to nominate Wicker for Pastors’ Conference president

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Georgia pastor James Merritt said May 15 that he would nominate Hayes Wicker, pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, for Pastors’ Conference president during the June 11-12 sessions prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 13-14 annual meeting.

South Carolina pastor Frank Page joins contest for SBC presidency

TAYLORS, S.C. (BP) — South Carolina pastor Frank Page confirmed May 19 he will allow his name to be placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention to set forth a choice in cooperative missions methodology.

Point of View

As a 26-year-old pastor I am excited about the potential for the emerging generation of Southern Baptists. We live in a changing culture, and our generation will encounter unique and challenging obstacles that previous generations did not experience. I believe God is gifting many in our generation with the capability and creativity to reach our diverse world for Jesus Christ. Even now, I know several young pastors and other leaders whom God is using to make a tremendous Gospel impact in local churches and the wider culture.

Point of View

In a recent Washington Post story about Abdul Rahman, the Afghan whose Christian conversion almost earned him a death penalty, reporter Pamela Constable wrote that Afghans are grateful to the United States for its economic support. But, she added, many Afghans “remain leery of Western values and associate Christianity with fornication and drunkenness.”

Remodeled BCF chapel ‘a symbol of faith’

GRACEVILLE (BCF) — John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, called Baptist College of Florida’s (BCF) newly renovated R.G. Lee Chapel, “a symbol of faith” during the May 5 re-dedication service.

BCF extensions, online programs give flexibility

GRACEVILLE (BCF) — The Distance Education Program at the Baptist College of Florida (BCF) now represents approximately 20 percent of the total student population, according to a report to trustees.

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