June 19, 2003 Print Edition

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Family fun prompts Crossover sharing

MESA, Ariz. (FBW)–With desert temperatures climbing to over 100 degrees by early afternoon, a contingent of Crossover Arizona enthusiasts from Florida said they learned an important lesson June 14.

Vines reaffirms truthfulness, exclusivity of Gospel

PHOENIX (BP)—If media outlets expected Jerry Vines to make comments about the exclusive nature of the Gospel when he stepped to the pulpit at the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 15, they were not disappointed.

Record Lottie Moon Offering falls short of goal

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — Thirty-seven home office staff members of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board were notified June 10 that their jobs were being eliminated in order to keep the agency’s 2003 expenditures in line with anticipated income.


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Some churches in North Carolina have done a shocking and scandalous thing in recent weeks. They have suggested that a congregation should actually be a Baptist church in order to be a part of the local Baptist association. In so doing, these Baptists have raised the ire of the cultural left–and of at least one state Baptist newspaper editor.


In the years that BreakPoint has been on the radio, I’ve had some strong words about our nation’s public television broadcasting system, PBS. Two years ago, for example, I criticized PBS’s airing of a deeply flawed series on the theory of evolution. That series was inaccurate and one-sided, leaving out any mention of the scientific evidence that supported the theory of intelligent design.


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.

Pastors’ Conference speakers lament culture’s lack of absolute truth

PHOENIX (BP)— Josh McDowell, Jerry Vines, Johnny Hunt and Howard Hendricks were among the featured speakers during the opening sessions of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 15-16 in Phoenix.

‘Living water’ is apt outreach for 3,000 Crossover volunteers in Phoenix heat

PHOENIX (BP)—Water is a big issue in the Valley of the Sun, an area known for its dry, hot climate. So when several thousand Southern Baptists shared the Living Water of Jesus Christ as part of Crossover Arizona, it made perfect sense to douse their message with the conventional hydrating variety.

Fla. Attorney General seeks review of pledge

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)–Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist announced June 11 that he is joining 49 other states’ attorneys general in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the court decision which would strike the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

New studies help ‘explode myth’ about consequences of abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Several recent studies support pro-lifers’ claims that abortion’s consequences are far-reaching and affect the emotional and physical well-being of the mother.

Gambling bad answer for financial woes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A push to expand gambling in several states to alleviate financial woes represents a “lack of willingness” to deal with tough economic issues and will result in an increased number of problem gamblers if implemented, according to a public policy expert for the Southern Baptist Convention.

New churches announced

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started six new churches in May, 2003.

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