July 3, 2008 Print Edition

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Chaplains offer independence to those who fight for it

FORT WORTH, Texas(BP)—While soldiers, sailors and airmen are lauded each July 4 for defending freedom on a daily basis, military chaplains fulfill the high duty of offering spiritual freedom to those who serve in the armed forces domestically and abroad.

IMB task force takes a look at mission group’s future

ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP)—Trustees of the International Mission Board created a task force to examine future directions for Southern Baptists’ 163-year-old missions enterprise during their June 23-25 meeting at the International Learning Center in Rockville, Va.

Schiavo-like case in Okeechobee garners interest

OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—Just a few years ago 57-year-old Karen Weber sat around the kitchen table talking about the Terri Schiavo case with her husband, Ray, and her mother, Martha Tatro, 80.

Point of View

I was sorry to hear of the death of comedian George Carlin. It wasn't that I was a big fan of his, but that I am convinced that he was a man ill-prepared to meet his Maker. Perhaps, more than anyone else, George Carlin was responsible for turning the profane and irreverent into comedic material. Thanks to this so-called pioneer of comedy, blasphemy has become regular fare for stand-up comedians and stand-up routines laced with vulgarity are all the rage.

Point of View

‘[R]eclaiming a biblical view of sexuality ... will require awareness and commitment from individual Southern Baptists as well as our churches and institutions if we’re to begin to turn the tide on this struggle.’

Point of View

In early June, the German television network ARD aired a film called “God and the World: The Persecuted Children of God.” The “children” referred to are Iraq's largest Christian community: the Assyrians. While any attention to the plight of Iraqi Christians is welcome, I only wish that the film could have aired in the country that is in the best position to help them: the United States.

2008 committee on nominations announced; nominations for Florida Baptist State Convention agencies r

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A Committee on Nominations composed of 29 pastors, 15 laypersons and two associational directors of missions has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Rick Blackwood, pastor of Christ Fellowship Church, Palmetto Bay, was named to chair the 49-member committee; Michael Wiggins, pastor of Pine Terrace Baptist Church, Milton, will serve as vice-chairman. The officers are in the process of naming committee members in three associations where persons declined to serve.

College students do VBS in South Florida

MIAMI (FBC)—Lending helping hands and willing hearts, eleven students are leading Vacation Bible Schools for small and underfunded congregations in South Florida this summer.

July 20 ‘Day of Giving Thanks for Rain’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptists are being encouraged to observe Sunday, July 20, as a “Day of Giving Thanks for Rain,” said Rick Shepherd, director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Department.

‘Fireproof’ set for release in theaters Sept. 26

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—More than 1,000 Southern Baptists attended a June 8 screening of “Fireproof,” the third film produced by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.

‘Fox on Faith’ podcast features religious stories

NEW YORK (BP)—A new podcast from Fox News Radio provides in-depth coverage of religious stories that have not necessarily been addressed by the network’s mainstream reporting.

Army’s top chaplain says prayer helps sustain military

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Prayer keeps us on God’s agenda, Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, the U.S. Army’s chief of chaplains, told fellow chaplains during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Pew Poll question may have been skewed, columnist asserts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A new Pew Research Center poll result showing evangelicals holding universalistic beliefs regarding salvation may have been skewed somewhat because of how the question was worded.

CBF hears heretical, liberal theology at General Assembly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)—Just over 2,000 registered attendees adopted a slightly increased budget, heard criticism of the Southern Baptist Convention and had the option to participate in a workshop questioning a fundamental Christian doctrine at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly June 19-20 in Memphis, Tenn.

CBF workshop leader characterizes Book of Mark as ‘Gnostic gospel,’ slams Jerry Falwell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)—A new interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, character slams on the late Jerry Falwell and rejection of Jewish evangelism were among the topics aired at workshops June 19-20 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Memphis, Tenn. Dozens of workshops were presented during three timeslots at the meeting. Baptist Press attended six of the workshops in order to gain a sampling of the material presented. A statement in the General Assembly Guide says: “The opinions and views presented in General Assembly ministry workshops are those of the workshop presenters and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of, or endorsement by, The Fellowship or its members.

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