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INDIANAPOLIS (FBC)—Though the weather was dark and gloomy outside, the air inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds was charged with excitement as more than 300 people celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ambassadors, a missions program for boys in grades 1-6.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (BP)—The floodwaters overtaking the Midwest — as well as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters — are a symptom of the curse initiated by the fall of man in Genesis 3, a pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP)—At a time when the American Red Cross finds its disaster relief fund depleted, Southern Baptist volunteers are stepping up and providing desperately needed assistance to victims of the storms and floods that have plagued the upper Midwest for almost a month.
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Here is a little secret I have discovered over the years: Government does its best when it lets faith-based groups do what they do best. But, usually, this does not happen until government admits that it cannot do everything on its own.
The Bible is to be seen as the ultimate standard of authority for God’s people. The Bible derives its authority from the self-revealing and self-authenticating God. The Bible’s authority can and does communicate across cultural, geographical and temporal differences between the biblical world and our setting. Scripture is authoritative as it is rightly and faithfully interpreted in its historical setting. The Holy Spirit illumines our minds and hearts to understand the biblical message. Likewise, the Spirit leads us to recognize the authority of Scripture and to respond and obey its message today. 
I am the dean of a school that focuses on missions and evangelism, but evangelism does not always come easy to me. That is surprising to me now, as sharing my faith was quite easy when I was a young believer. In fact, evangelism was never difficult until I became a pastor — when the multiple tasks of ministry seemed to get in the way of evangelism. The more involved I was in leading my church, the less involved I seemed to become in evangelism.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Four high school teens who have demonstrated a ‘commitment above all else’ to ministry in Florida have been selected to represent the state as “Acteens state advisory panelists,” for 2008-2009.
SARASOTA (BP)—An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has decided to nix a deal with Planned Parenthood.
WINTER HAVEN (FBC)—Looking out over the crowded dining room, Tom Beauregard does not see the prostitutes, the homeless, the drug addicted or the poor. He sees hurting children of God.
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—North American Mission Board President Geoff Hammond gave the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention a sneak preview of the SBC’s new National Evangelism Initiative June 9. It was the first time a NAMB president attended the Sunday evening banquet of the fellowship, which was organized in 1992. This year’s event drew about 350 people and included recognitions of two longtime influential pastors.
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Speaking in Spanish with a Portuguese accent, Geoff Hammond, president of the North American Mission Board, delighted a crowd of Hispanic Southern Baptists at a NAMB-sponsored National Hispanic Celebration June 8.