July 3, 2003 Print Edition

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Bush urges faith-based giving partnerships

FORT MYERS (FBW)–Governor Jeb Bush thanked a crowd of over a 1,000 for their continued support of faith-based ministries June 16 at an annual benefit luncheon for United Christian Giving of Southwest Florida .

Texas sodomy law struck down

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state ban on same-sex sexual relations June 26, overturning one of its own recent decisions and handing the homosexual rights movement an important victory.

Patterson named Southwestern Seminary head

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Paige Patterson accepted the unanimous invitation of the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to serve as the school’s eighth president effective August 1.

Welch ‘praying’ about 2004 SBC presidency

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)–Florida Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer John Sullivan has confirmed Florida pastor Bobby Welch has been asked to allow his name to be placed in nomination for the presidency at the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.


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It is impossible to divorce the church from missions–they are one. God does not need the church to do missions as much as the local church needs to do missions. The local church must be simultaneously the source of encouragement for missions and allow missions to be the fountains of inspiration to the congregation. The question is no longer whether the heathen can be saved without the Gospel, but whether the Gospel can be saved without missions.


The art of leadership is the key to church growth. The responsibility for casting the vision and implementing the plan ultimately rests upon the pastor. The pastor who prayerfully, purposefully, and patiently leads his congregation will achieve a level of success in ministry. A pastor who does not take the initiative in challenging and inspiring his church under the leadership of the Lord to grow will not experience fulfillment in ministry. It is a high and holy calling to serve as a pastor of a local church. The pastor who takes seriously this divinely ordained task will desire to impact his church to the glory of the Lord.


The ruling last month by a Canadian appeals court that legalized same-sex marriages in Canada is only the beginning. In one sense, it’s no surprise: Public acceptance of homosexual behavior has been growing. A majority of Canadians favor the court’s decision. Well, can’t happen here, you say. But indeed, it can if public pressure demands it. And support for homosexual rights is growing in the United States just like Canada.


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.

PBAU names FamilyNet exec as sixth president

WEST PALM BEACH (FBW/PBAU)—Palm Beach Atlantic University trustees voted June 25 to accept the recommendation of its presidential search committee to appoint David W. Clark as the university’s sixth president. He begins his term of service July 14.

Miami judge says J.D.S. may give birth at term

ORLANDO (BP)–A mentally impaired rape victim who is seven months pregnant will be permitted to give birth, a Florida judge announced June 25.

WMU spotlights missionaries ‘Answering the Call’

PHOENIX (BP)–God’s call comes at different times in life, and it comes in different ways to each individual. During the 2003 National Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting and Missions Celebration in Phoenix June 15-16, God’s people shared testimonies of how they answered His call.

Christian humorist Liz Curtis Higgs tells Ministers’ Wives that women are ‘God’s crow

PHOENIX (BP)–Liz Curtis Higgs delivered her trademark humor to nearly 1,000 women at the Ministers’ Wives Conference luncheon June 17 during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Phoenix.

Kids learn about family, missions in Wild West setting

PHOENIX (BP)—A “Frontiers of Faith” children’s conference held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix paralleled the SBC’s Kingdom family focus by teaching children to honor their parents and love their brothers and sisters.

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