June 21, 2007 Print Edition

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Point of View

For years radical Islamists in the Philippines have been attacking Christians. In late April seven Christians were murdered on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.

July 1: Settling down comfortably

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

July 8: Pleasing and glorifying god

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

July 1: United we stand

Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

July 8: Finding our place of service

Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Florida Focus

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SBC pres. Frank Page elected to 2nd term

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—In an unopposed race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank Page, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., was elected to serve a second term.

Crossover 'en espanol' and English reaches lost

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—Some 1,000 Southern Baptist volunteers weathered 90-degree temperatures to fan out across 18 San Antonio communities June 9-10, sharing the Gospel, good food and good times via Crossover 2007.

SBC celebrates 300 years of Baptist associations

SAN ANTONIO (FBW)—Spanning three centuries, the role of local Baptist associations in the life and the development of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination of 16.3 million members in over 46,000 autonomous churches, was recognized on the first of the two-day SBC annual meeting June 12 in San Antonio, Texas.

President Bush acknowledges Southern Baptists' 'good works'

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—President Bush praised Southern Baptists for their humanitarian efforts and thanked them for their Christian witness and support of religious liberty during a satellite address to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13.

SBCnews: What's it all about?

This issue of the Witness contains coverage of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12-13 in San Antonio, Texas. The Southern Baptist Convention is comprised of over 46,000 autonomous churches with a total membership of over 16.3 million people throughout the world. Southern Baptist churches cooperate together through local Baptist associations and state conventions, including the Florida Baptist State Convention, to carry out worldwide mission endeavors primarily through support of its mission boards and seminaries. The way that offerings which are typically sent from churches through state conventions—called Cooperative Program monies—are designated for these ministries is decided by messengers, sent from churches, to annual meetings each year. These annual meetings are held in various large cities in the United States. At the meetings, messengers hear reports from each of the entities or organizations that are part of this cooperative, denominational effort, and vote on an annual budget. In addition, messengers also vote to elect trustees for these various entities and vote on a budget and process to facilitate missions and training. Each one of the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention is listed below, along with its purpose:

CP definition approved at SBC

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—A definition of the Cooperative Program was among the recommendations adopted June 12 during the SBC Executive Committee's report at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Florida Baptists elected, appointed to committees, trustee boards

SAN ANTONIO (FBW)—Two Floridians selected by the SBC Committee on Committees will serve on the Nominating Committee which will submit nominations to the 2008 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis. Floridians also served on the Tellers Committee in San Antonio, while others were elected to serve on various SBC entities' governing boards.

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