June 26, 2003 Print Edition

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Kingdom families focus of SBC in Phoenix

PHOENIX (BP)—Each day of the year in America, more than 3,571 families end in divorce. More than 50 percent of the children in America’s public schools live in single-parent homes. Of the nation’s children who live apart from their biological fathers, 50 percent have never set foot in their father’s home.

Traylor elected to lead pastors’ conference

PHOENIX, Ariz. (FBW)–For the second time in three years, a Florida pastor has been chosen president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference and will lead the group during its 2004 meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. The meeting next year will also mark three years in a row in which at least one Florida pastor has been an officer of the group that meets the two days prior to the SBC annual meeting each year.

SEBTS president confirms meeting with SWBTS trustees

PHOENIX (BP)—Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees will convene Tuesday, June 24, to consider Paige Patterson, current president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., as the next president of the Fort Worth school. In an exclusive interview in Phoenix with Dallas Morning News religion writer Berta Delgado and the Southern Baptist Texan, Patterson confirmed that he had agreed to the meeting.


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If we believe in God, we must believe in missions. The nature and character of God underscores the deepest foundation of the missionary enterprise. The world will remain godless unless individuals are brought into the knowledge of Jesus Christ.


The Heritage Foundation has published a new study showing a link between sexual activity and depression among teenagers. The news isn’t good. For sexually active girls age fourteen to seventeen, the rates of depression (which the study’s authors define as “unhappiness,” not clinical depression) are more than three times higher than for those who have not been sexually active. Sexually active boys “are more than twice as likely to be depressed as are those who are not sexually active.” And both boys and girls who have been sexually active are more likely to commit suicide.


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.

SBC president fields questions on homosexuality, BWA

PHOENIX (BP)—Homosexuality, staff cuts at the International Mission Board, family roles of men and women, the Southern Baptist Convention’s decision to reduce funds to the Baptist World Alliance, and political involvement were topics du jour at Jack Graham’s post-election presidential news conference June 17.

Graham calls on Southern Baptists to salt decaying culture

PHOENIX (BP)—Texas pastor Jack Graham, in his president’s address at the 146th annual meeting of the 158-year-old Southern Baptist Convention, June 17, told messengers he knew he was stating the obvious.

Chapman urges Southern Baptists to pray for revival

PHOENIX (BP)—Saying there hasn’t been a national “spiritual awakening” during his lifetime, Executive Committee President Morris H. Chapman called on Southern Baptists June 17 to fall on their knees in prayer and ask God to send revival to the nation.

Homosexuality task force urges churches to provide ‘safe-atmosphere’

PHOENIX (BP)—Southern Baptist churches must initiate a dual ministry of speaking the truth about homosexuality and simultaneously ministering to homosexuals, the Southern Baptist task force on ministry to homosexuals said in a news conference June 18.

Floridians elected to SBC posts

PHOENIX (FBW) – Seventy Southern Baptists from 35 state Baptist conventions were elected by messengers to the SBC annual meeting June 17-18 in Phoenix, to serve on the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Nominations and will present a report to the 2004 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Messengers adopt SBC budget, call for ‘CP 101’ seminary classes

PHOENIX (BP)—Southern Baptist Convention messengers adopted a budget June 17 that included funding for so-called “Cooperative Program 101” seminary classes.

Resolution repudiates early abortion stance

PHOENIX (BP)—Messengers to the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting repudiated previous resolutions on abortion from three decades ago, while reaffirming their commitment to the biblical view of marriage and the family and to religious liberty.

‘Who do you say Jesus is?’ Hawkins asks SBC messengers

PHOENIX (BP)—Tracing the paths of church history, O.S. Hawkins recounted the theological and doctrinal footsteps of Baptists’ Christian predecessors who faced down the incessant attacks on the deity of Jesus Christ.

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