June 28, 2007 Print Edition

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Speaker describes grace-based parenting

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Parents should aim at creating an environment that emulates God's heart, one in which children are receptive to the Holy Spirit working in their lives, a family leader told pastors at a breakout session during the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 11 in San Antonio.

Pastors, wives urged to exemplify marriage

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Pastors and their wives not only have a responsibility to minister, but also a duty to exemplify the way Christ commands marriages to be, Gary Chapman, author of "The Five Love Languages," said June 11 in a breakout session at the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in San Antonio.

Initiative promises 'It's a New Day'

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--The average American spends $1.20 for every $1 earned.

Debt is a problem of staggering proportions for people in the United States -– both inside the church and out, said Howard Dayton, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. And, like many problems, it presents churches with both an opportunity and a responsibility to minister.

'Successful leaders model godliness'

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Everything rises or falls on leadership, Paul Dixon, chancellor of Cedarville University in Ohio, said during a breakout session of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in San Antonio June 11.

Elliff underscores intimacy with Christ

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--"Intimacy with Christ is a major issue in the life of every believer," said Tom Elliff, senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations at the International Mission Board.

Fish emphasizes personal evangelism

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Roy Fish, retired professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, addressed hundreds of people attending his "Equipped for Fruitful Evangelism" breakout session June 11 at the Southern Baptist Pastor's Conference in San Antonio.

Wolfe sets forth Spirit-filled life

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--"You don't ever get to be like Jesus by struggling or striving -- you do it by emptying yourself of your sin and letting Him live through you," said Fred Wolfe, president of Barnabas Ministries in Fairhope, Ala.

Bright hope for tomorrow: Florida Baptist Hunger Awareness Day July 8

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Sunday, July 8 has been set aside as the time for Florida Baptists to take a hard look at hunger needs in the state, nation and world. Churches from coast-to-coast will pause that day to determine how they, too, can be involved in serving the state’s hungry.

Migrant congregation vows to rebuild after tornado

BELLE GLADE (FBC)—First, it was a horse stable. Then, through many years of prayer and toil, it was converted into a social hall for a faithful group of Hispanic migrant believers. Today, a pile of memory-filled rubble and a prayerful determination to rebuild are all that remain.

‘Te amo!’: SBC president greets Hispanic celebration in Spanish

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—“Te amo! Te amo! Te amo!” (I love you) was the message Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page declared to a crowd which erupted in loud applause and a standing ovation at the 2007 National Hispanic Celebration June 10. “Gloria a Dios” (Glory to God).

The SBC through a Latin lens

SAN ANTONIO (FBW)—Enrique and Lidia Gonzales, members of Iglesia Bautista La Hermosa in Homestead, strolled through the massive rooms and sprawling corridors of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Enrique’s arm wrapping around his wife’s shoulders.

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Having returned home from the annual meeting of the SBC in San Antonio, I again was reminded why I love and appreciate the people called Southern Baptists. We are not perfect to be sure. Sometimes we can be somewhat funny and even a bit strange in how we do business. Still, our love for the Lord Jesus, devotion to the Bible, and passion for the lost makes me glad to be a part of this family. It honors me to serve you and our Convention at Southeastern Seminary.

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To say that Iran poses a grave threat to world peace is an understatement. We know Iran sponsors terrorism — from fomenting chaos in Iraq to aiding Hamas’s attacks on Israel and Lebanon. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is a fanatical Holocaust denier who has vowed to wipe Israel off the map and says he waits for the return of the Twelfth Imam — that is, the end times. Now he’s made it clear Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program — a prospect, in the light of these circumstances, that is terrifying.

Ruth Bell Graham celebrated June 16

MONTREAT, N.C. (BP)—Hundreds of friends and family members packed the Montreat Conference Center June 16 to remember Ruth Graham and hear all five of her children — as well as her husband in an unscheduled moment — recount stories about her devotion to God and family.

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