July 31, 2003 Print Edition

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Exodus ministry redirects focus to assist churches

ORLANDO (FBW)—After 30 years of reaching out to individuals struggling with unwanted homosexuality, the largest ministry of its kind in the world, Exodus International, will in the future seek to work more closely with churches to proclaim a clear message of the power of Jesus Christ to change lives.

What should the church teach its members about giving?

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)–The news that tithing declined by about 62 percent last year presents the church with both a warning and a challenge, say several experts in Christian financial and seminary circles.


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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.


This is the third of a series of articles that will examine the leader and a process of leadership that equips a church for growth.


There hasn’t been this much fun in Washington since the Clinton follies. Critics are beating up on the president for using in his State of the Union a piece of intelligence that was erroneous (never mind that, as I learned when I was in the White House, intelligence-gathering is far from a perfect science).


GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)–What can you do if your spouse doesn’t want to tithe and you do? This isn’t an unusual situation. After all, in light of today’s roller coaster economy, don’t we need every last dollar just to survive?

SBC pastor leads Exodus workshops to unite believers

ORLANDO (FBW)–Bob Stith teared up when he looked around the room after a news conference at Exodus International’s 28th annual conference. It is his ninth year to be directly involved in ministry to former homosexuals, and he regrets not having become involved earlier.

‘Gay rights’ laws won’t deter Exodus

ORLANDO (FBW)–Exodus International North America has "come out of the closet" so to speak, in presenting "God’s freedom" about issues, and asserting a positive message into a series of events that recently led to the passage of a gay rights ordinance in Orlando.

Bryant honored for 30 years of faithful ministry in Starke

STARKE (FBW)—Faithful. Integrity. Encouraging. Respect. Love.

These and many other superlatives were heaped on Ben P. Bryant in a July 27 celebration of his 30th anniversary as pastor of First Baptist Church of Starke.

Theological education extension centers announce fall classes

As the fall approaches, Florida Baptist Convention-sponsored theological education classes are gearing up to start across the state in August.

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A recent study by researcher George Barna found that only 3 percent of Christians tithe – a decrease from 8 percent in 2001. The principle of tithing, it seems, is not widely practiced as it once was and certainly is not widely understood as a critical form of worship.

Tithers say giving is an act of ‘love and obedience’

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)–They have suffered such financial setbacks as bankruptcy, car repossession, staggering credit card bills and scratching for cash to buy their next meal.

Tithing largely ignored as an important act of worship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The man who helped train 500 facilitators to present seminars on financial management believes the church must be a strong voice for the principle of tithing.

Stewardship teaching at FBC, Orlando changes homes

DALLAS (BP)–As the leader of a new marriage-enrichment ministry, J.B. Collingsworth knows how crucial money matters are to couples’ unions.

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