June 10, 2004 Print Edition

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Welch to call for renewed evangelism; endorses one million baptisms in one year

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Bobby Welch believes he knows what ails Southern Baptists and desires to lead the Southern Baptist Convention to a time of renewed focus and commitment to evangelism that will fix a “malaise” which afflicts the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Prospective SBC president plans 25-day bus tour to meet ‘grassroots’ Baptists

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Although he has not yet been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bobby Welch has already been busily planning a 25-day bus tour to visit every state in America, as well as one city in Canada, to “further extend the Convention” and to hear the ideas of “grassroots” Southern Baptists.

‘Near death’ combat experience pivotal

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—The man who likely will be Southern Baptists’ next president points to his “near death” combat experience in Vietnam as a pivotal turning point in his life—and one that continues to shape his ministry nearly 38 years after the horrific day in Southeast Asia.

Quotable Welch

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor James A. Smith Sr. interviewed Bobby Welch May 23 about issues of Southern Baptist life in the news. The following are excerpts of his answers.

Arab pastors share Gospel message

KISSIMMEE (FBW)—In 1954 Syrian-born Peter Shadid stepped off the USS Constitution onto American soil knowing that his “dream to go to United States” was finally a reality. Shadid came to this country with a desire to freely teach others about Christ.

International missions ‘Lottie’ offering tops $133 million goal

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Southern Baptist churches — and their 5,376 missionaries around the world — are celebrating a monumental $136.2 million response to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.


Carefully focusing the telephoto lens on my camera, I leaned in close, past the shoulders of the Secret Service men glaring in my direction. My Navy uniform had helped me secure a spot close to the street where the presidential motorcade would pass by with President Ronald and Nancy Reagan on their way to his inauguration.


The Holman Bible Dictionary defines the Holy Spirit as “the mysterious third Person of the Trinity through whom God acts, reveals His will, empowers individuals and discloses His personal presence in the Old and New Testament.”


The confronting of contemporary culture with the truth of God’s Word establishes the challenge for the Church. The stand for biblical truth positions the Church against the flow of the modern world. The Scriptures affirm, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (Hebrews 2:1). The Church must step off the shore into the flow of the world and declare the redemptive message of Jesus Christ.


Last week, headlines proclaimed that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had “upheld” Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. What actually happened, while not quite that dramatic, gives us, however, an object lesson in hypocrisy.


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.

HISTORICAL VIGNETTE: SBC presidents with Florida ties

There have been six men who served as pastors of Florida Baptist State Convention churches and as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. These men and their families were Convention servants and need to be remembered for their labors.

174,000 pounds of rice, beans given to hungry Haitians in Florida relief effort

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) - During the past month, Florida Baptists have purchased and distributed 174,000 pounds of food in Haiti, feeding 28,000 families and 110,000 individuals, and completing a project that has been embraced by Florida Baptists across the state.

County commissioners rebuff motion on nudity referendum in November despite 10,000 signatures

TAMPA (FBW)–Hillsborough County Commissioners, in a June 2 meeting, refused to consider a motion that would have placed the issue of public nudity on the November ballot. Before an overflow crowd of 500 citizens, a motion by Commissioner Ronda Storms, a member of First Baptist Church, Brandon, failed to gain a second. Thus the motion was dismissed without a vote.

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