July 24, 2003 Print Edition

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Panama City, Pensacola churches join newsletter service

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Two Florida Baptist churches will soon join more than 30 others whose congregations regularly receive a newsjournal with their own church name on the cover.

In Africa, Bush affirms True Love Waits approach

ENTEBBE, Uganda (BP)–Baptists working with the True Love Waits program in East Africa are encouraged following President George W. Bush’s commitment to U.S. support of abstinence-based programs in the war on AIDS.

Florida pastor challenges ‘grassroots’ Baptists to assist IMB

GULF BREEZE (FBW)—In a bold move to provide a grass roots "radical response" to the International Mission Board’s shortfall in funds this year, a Florida pastor has begun an e-mail letter writing campaign to urge Baptists to chip in a little extra to get missionaries on the field.


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JACKSON, Miss. (BP)–CP is a special designation in our Baptist life. It seems as though, in our day and age, we are driven to reduce institutions and organizations to a handful of letters that identify them. For example: countries become USA or UK, and we still refer to the former USSR; colleges become MC, BMC, WCC, USM, MSU or DSU and we usually know what they mean; and then in church life we have FBC, SBC, SS, DT, MBC and CP. Now, if you have been around Baptist life very long, you are able to figure out these designations.


At the Jefferson Memorial, quotations from our third president are carved into the wall. One of them reads: "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)–The Bush administration might as well hear it straight, and hear it fast: Don’t you dare make a single tiny concession on homosexual "marriage."


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.

Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright dies at 81

ORLANDO (FBW/BP)–William R. "Bill" Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, the world’s largest Christian ministry, died July 19 from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis. He was 81.

PBAU dedicates new pharmacy school

Celebrating the June 26 groundbreaking of Gregory Hall, a four-story building which will house Palm Beach Atlantic's new school of Pharmacy, from left, are Scott Swigart, dean of the School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Joseph R. Gregory, representing the Gregory family; and Donald E. Warren, chairman of the board of trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic. Gregory, former vice-chairman of the board of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and former CEO of Monarch Pharmaceuticals, last fall announced his family's $5 million contribution for the building.

Disaster Relief teams clean up Sarasota after Tropical Storm Bill

SARASOTA (FBC)—Forced from their homes by floodwaters, families in the Myakka River area of Sarasota County are receiving aid from Florida Baptist Men disaster relief teams.

Florida Baptists start 22 new churches

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 22 new churches in June 2003.

Church near White House puts money where its heart is

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (BP)–Eric Redmond takes no credit for the fact that Hillcrest Baptist Church, gives more than 30 percent of its undesignated offerings to the Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program.

Arkansas pastor honored for CP support

PHOENIX (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee honored Arkansas pastor Stephen Davis with the M.E. Dodd Cooperative Program Award for long-term excellence in support of the Cooperative Program, in a June 17 presentation at the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

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