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Buckets of Hope spread love to still weary Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE—They may be called Buckets of Hope, but to the people of Haiti, containers of food products prepared by Southern Baptist hands and currently being disbursed across their hungry nation, is manna from heaven.

Forming two lines, gaunt and weary-looking Haitians waited in the searing sun, Sunday, June 20, for buckets to be unloaded from the back of a truck near the Eglise Baptiste Canaan. The church named for the Promised Land ironically is planted in a garbage dump on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

Editorial: The environment and GCR

Few would dispute the idea that the most significant action of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando was the overwhelming adoption of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report. Of course, the election of a new SBC president and Executive Committee president, among other Orlando developments, are also vital to Southern Baptists’ future.

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Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Point of View: Schoolmaster of the republic—Noah Webster’s inspiration

Like millions of other Americans, you may have watched this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee on television. The Bee is a tradition dating back to 1925, and has participants from around the world. This year there were 273 spellers speaking 102 different languages besides English.

SBC seminaries send forth graduates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The work of the six seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention is showcased with each spring’s commencement. Reports from the seminaries’ services follow.

Cross honored for 20 years at South Biscayne Church

NORTH PORT (FBW)—A week after he celebrated his first Father’s Day, John Cross, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention and senior pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port, was honored by his congregation June 18 for 20 years of ministry.

Jews still in God’s plan, Messianics told

ORLANDO (BP)—God has not turned His back on the Jewish people, Bruce Mills told members of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 12 in Orlando.

Explaining that the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) “came from a Jew to Jews,” Mills said that God still loves the Jewish people and that “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26) when “the full number of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25). Mills presented his views at the Rosen Centre Hotel prior to the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Orange County Convention Center.

WMU challenged to live ‘unhindered’

ORLANDO (BP)—Mission leaders from across the nation were challenged to live “Unhindered” during the first two sessions of the 2010 National WMU Missions Celebration and 122nd annual meeting of Woman’s Missionary Union June 13-14 in Orlando.

LifeWay highlights ‘Transformational Church’

ORLANDO (BP)—LifeWay Christian Resources set forth a theme of hope in its annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention as president and CEO Thom Rainer highlighted the “Transformational Church” initiative and “Courageous,” the upcoming movie project with Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Rainer said both emphases demonstrate great hope for the church and for families.

1 Samuel 24:20-22; 26:1-2, 7-12, 21-25: July 25—The power of loyalty

Loyalty can come in many contexts of life, including the animal kingdom. You may have heard about the story of Old Shep in Fort Benton, Montana. He maintained a vigil for five years at the depot, where he saw his master’s casket being loaded onto the train. Sadly, his loyalty could never be rewarded. Loyalty to one’s friends, however, is not only commendable, but expected. David exhibited a different kind of loyalty in having to confront the insane efforts of King Saul to kill him.

2 Samuel 6:1-15, 17: August 1—Respect God’s holiness

David is rightfully honored among Israel today as embodying the heart and soul of the nation. They revere King David’s tomb and preserve his name in the King David Hotel. He deserved it. Honored as the sweet singer of Israel (2 Sam. 23:1), he is called by God, “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22). A gifted poet as well as a singer, his psalms still soothe troubled hearts and wounded spirits. Gifted also as a tactician in war, the Bible traces his ascent to the throne of Israel as he molded the people into one nation rather then twelve tribes pursuing their own goals. David effected this transformation in stages.

Bivocational network holds 1st luncheon

ORLANDO (BP)—From Nevada to New York and many states in between, 75 Southern Baptist bivocational pastors attended the inaugural luncheon of the newly named Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Orlando.

Maj. Gen. Carver: ‘We chaplains must persevere’

ORLANDO (BP)—Two-star U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, the Army’s chief of chaplains, had a surprise for the 200 people who attended the annual Southern Baptist Convention chaplain’s luncheon June 14 in Orlando.

Carver, who has reached the heights of military achievement, played the piano and sang.

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