June 8, 2006 Print Edition

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Editor’s note: In the interest of being just in our coverage concerning a heavily debated matter related to this year’s Southern Baptist Convention presidential contest, the following is being published. I believe these items are self-explanatory and need no further editorial comment.

Point of View

When I was a third year student at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. A. A. Kitchings, retired professor from Mississippi College in Clinton, came to teach at the school. Some of the students called him “A square.”

Point of View

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the conservative resurgency within the Southern Baptist Convention from the very beginning. I have also been a strong supporter of the Cooperative Program throughout my entire ministry.

Point of View

News reports out of Kenya recently indicated that 10,000 people were left homeless by flooding from the Sabaki River. Too much water in the wrong place and at the wrong time has been the source of devastation throughout history. In 1927, the Mississippi River broke through 145 levees, flooding more land than the entire state of West Virginia.

Point of View

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is under increasing pressure to allow debate on a measure that would allow “research using 400,000 frozen embryos created for in-vitro [fertilization] treatment.”

Disney allows baptism at Orlando property

ORLANDO (FBW) — As Southern Baptist churches place renewed emphasis on baptism they are re-discovering the practice of public baptism in local lakes. First Baptist Church in Orlando and Lake Talquin Baptist Church in Tallahassee are among those who recently took the ordinance out of its usual stained-glass surroundings to public arenas.

Leaders, activists offer hopes for Greensboro

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) — Florida Baptist Witness contacted via e-mail notable Southern Baptist Convention leaders and activists seeking their response to one question: “What do you hope will be the single, greatest outcome of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro?”

Florida pastor plans to nominate Frank Page for SBC president

BRANDON (FBW) — Forrest Pollock told Florida Baptist Witness June 1 he intends to nominate his “dear friend” Frank Page for president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., June 13-14.

IMB trustee to call for investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Wade Burleson, the Oklahoma pastor whose relationships with fellow trustees of the International Mission Board have been strained for a number of months, announced June 1 he will ask the Southern Baptist Convention to approve an investigation of various trustee actions.

FINAL GAVEL: Welch says CP should not be ‘litmus test’

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW) — The final gavel at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., will mark the end of a two-year tenure for Bobby Welch, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

‘Disciple Making’ blueprint of August conference

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) — More than 60 conferences with the latest resources and approaches in the areas of discipleship, church library, ministry assistance, small churches and family/singles will be offered during the “Blueprints for Disciple Making,” conference Aug. 14-16 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

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