June 3, 2004 Print Edition

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Judge allows Terri's family unsupervised visit

CLEARWATER (FBW)–The family of Terri Schiavo, a 40-year-old disabled woman at the center of a legal dispute, was granted their first unsupervised visit in two months May 29.

‘Acts 1:8 Challenge’ to expand church-based global outreach

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) – Missions leaders from every level of Southern Baptist life celebrated a unified hope May 19 that every church in the convention would see itself as a worldwide mission center—developing strategies to advance the Great Commission at local, state, national and international levels.

Missions leader says beware of Christian apathy, cultural drift

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—North American Mission Board President Robert E. Reccord called on trustees May 19 to join the prophet Ezekiel in the role of the “watchman” to proclaim a warning to fellow Christians of the consequences of apathy in submitting to the culture’s moral drift.

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Point-of-View

The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has been sadly neglected in recent years. The Holy Spirit is today, as He has been throughout Baptist history, the neglected stepchild of theology. The major work of the Holy Spirit is power for witness. The New Testament church must realize and come to grips with this fact.

Point-of-View

Forgive me if that question offends you, but after watching the over-coverage of the Massachusetts same-sex “marriage” battle and the under-coverage of the 50th anniversary of a true American hallmark, I believe no holiday is safe from being usurped.

Point-of-View

The same-sex “marriages” taking place in Massachusetts are a perfect example of the breakdown of the rule of law in our society. Not only did the courts rebuff the legislature and ignore the will of the people in imposing same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts, but their example has also encouraged disregard for the legal process all across the state among other Massachusetts government officials.

Bibliocipher

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.

Families find new allies in homeschooling

ST. AUGUSTINE (FBW)–For hundreds of Florida families, schoolwork is homework, parents are teachers and dining rooms double as classrooms. Homeschooling, once an insular undertaking, is now made easier by established Christian schools and informal alliances which offer support and encouragement.

CROSS ROADS showcases ‘Harbors of Hope’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Like the FAITH team who offered Christ’s peace and eternal salvation to a man days before he unexpectedly died, Florida Baptists are impacting God’s kingdom, forming “Harbors of Hope” in communities across the state and the world.

Father, son receive degrees in BCF’s spring ceremony

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The father and son duo of Wortham and Matthew Heard beamed as they walked across the stage together during The Baptist College of Florida’s recent spring commencement ceremony. Thomas A. Kinchen, college president, awarded their degrees simultaneously, recognizing the significance of their accomplishment. The pair began their studies in the fall of 2001 at BCF’s Orlando campus, where they both earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical studies.

HISTORICAL VIGNETTE: The legacy of Elroy Barber

Elroy Barber (1945-2001) was born September 8, 1945, in Sarah, Miss. The eldest of three children, Barber was raised and educated in Buffalo, N.Y. He attended Barry University, Stetson University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Logos Bible College and Seminary.

India’s Christians hopeful as anti-Christian law repealed

DELHI, India (BP)--Barely a week after India’s Congress Party defeated the previous pro-Hindu government in national elections, an official of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has announced the repeal of the state anti-conversion law, Compass Direct news service reported May 25.

Religious freedom commission showing results after five years, members say

WASHINGTON (BP)—Religious liberty has gained a higher profile in the United States and other countries during the last five years even as global persecution persists, members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in presenting their fifth annual report May 12.

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