August 11, 2005 Print Edition

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Plant City deaf woman joyful in the Lord

PLANT CITY (FBC)–The smile spread wide across Pennie Priest’s face is an expression she is scarcely seen without and at times communicates more about God’s love than the sign language she uses to speak to others.

IMB selects Elliff as senior vice president

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Trustees of the International Mission Board have overwhelmingly approved the selection of prominent Southern Baptist pastor Tom Elliff as senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations.

74 Florida churches join Acts 1:8 challenge

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–More than 1,000 Southern Baptist churches have committed to a new SBC missions initiative designed to help them implement a comprehensive missions strategy involving their community, region, continent and the world.

Thom Rainer recommended as LifeWay’s president-elect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The presidential search committee of LifeWay Christian Resources’ board of trustees today recommended that Thom S. Rainer become the Southern Baptist entity’s next president after James T. Draper Jr. retires Feb. 1.

Southern Baptist leaders offer views about LifeWay nominee Thom S. Rainer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Comments by Southern Baptist leaders on the nomination of Thom S. Rainer as the next president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention included:

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Thom Rainer thinks that most Christians have no clue about how unchurched people really think. Given Christianity’s mandate for evangelism, this represents a big problem.

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In January of 2003, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League changed its name to NARAL Pro Choice America. Under this ingenious alias this pro-abortion organization masquerades as a champion of choice. Pretending to be protectors of personal freedoms and self-determination, Pro Choice-America, along with liberalism’s legions, decry the church’s voice in the public square as dogmatic and dictatorial. According to the choice championing left, the only way to protect individual choice in America is the expulsion of the church from public discourse and the confining of faith to private lives. In other words, liberals are determined to silence the dissenting voices of conservative Christians under the cloak of championing choice.

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The whole idea behind vacation is that we vacate the routines and grinds of life (usually those associated with our vocation) for more restful and family-oriented activities. Most right-thinking individuals see this as a healthy exercise, providing both physical and spiritual benefits for the practitioners. I certainly feel that way. There is, however, the temptation to become lax in our devotion to the Lord Jesus. This temptation presents itself to the child of God 365 days a year, seven days a week, and transcends the summer months. In terms of our walks with God, there is no time for a spiritual vacation.

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Recently, a Wall Street Journal poll announced that both political parties–Republicans and Democrats–are now held in low regard by the American people. Usually if the fortunes of one party decline, the other party increases–sort of a zero sum game. Now, however, for the first time in polling history, both parties come up in negative territory.

VBS part of ‘Everyone Can’ focus on one million baptisms

MIAMI (FBC) – Last summer, Southern Baptist Convention president Bobby Welch embarked on a bus tour to encourage churches nationwide to strive for one million baptisms in 2005 to help reverse four consecutive years of decline in SBC baptism totals. This summer, 14 college students and volunteers took their own “Ramblin’ Road Trip” in Florida to help churches conduct Vacation Bible Schools, which have long been one of churches’ most effective means of evangelism outreach.

Iraq war veteran from FBC Bonifay dies in Honolulu

BONIFAY (FBW)–Marine Corporal John Cooper, a veteran of the Iraq War and member of First Baptist Church, Bonifay, died July 18 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 21.

Sports provides platform for ministry in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (FBW)–Crack! The bat rocketed a ball into the outfield.

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