August 5, 2004 Print Edition

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No Witness Next Week

NO WITNESS NEXT WEEK -- The Florida Baptist Witness publishes 46 issues each year. Next week, August 12, is one of the seven weeks the Witness is not published in the year 2004. The next issue will be dated August 19, 2004. Thank you for your continued support of the ministry of the Florida Baptist Witness.

Christian churches attacked by terrorists throughout Iraq

BAGHDAD (BP)-Five Catholic churches in Iraq were targeted in car bomb attacks Sunday, Aug. 1; 11 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the first large-scale terrorist attacks against Iraq’s Christian minority, an estimated 3 percent of the nation’s 24 million people.

Hurricanes don’t faze Florida’s disaster relief volunteers

MERRITT ISLAND (FBC)—Hurricanes, fires, floods and terrorism—each of these potential disasters threaten the 500,000 residents living along the 72 ocean-front miles of Brevard County and the 4.1 million tourists that travel there each year.

Bibliocipher

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.

Reccord says Southern Baptists can grow in world’s ‘most religiously diverse nation’

ORLANDO (BP)--Describing the United States as “the most religiously diverse nation in the world” on “the only continent in which Christianity is not growing,” Robert E. (Bob) Reccord said he remains optimistic that unprecedented advances in Southern Baptist baptisms, new church starts and missionary mobilization are possible by the end of this decade.

Acts 1:8 missions strategy focus of NAMB’s Connection 2004 in Orlando

ORLANDO (BP)--Southern Baptists’ two mission boards are partnering with Baptist state conventions and local associations to help transform churches into worldwide mission centers.

NAMB appoints workers to Florida

ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Two missionary couples have been appointed to serve in Florida by the North American Mission Board.

Iraq survivor tells new workers to obey God every day

TYLER, Texas (BP)—The hardships of missionary service can be discouraging, but worshiping God in a spiritually dark place is a privilege beyond compare, Iraq shooting survivor Carrie McDonall told 58 new missionaries July 12 in Tyler, Texas.

August 22:Be Humble

Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

August 22: Renewed by the Word

Steve Smartt is pastor of Moultrie Baptist Church in St. Augustine.

PBAU to offer online bachelor’s degree coursework

WEST PALM BEACH—Palm Beach Atlantic University will offer coursework for its bachelor’s degree completion program online this fall, with the entire degree program to follow in the spring. It would be the University’s first complete online degree program.

Baylor president overcomes another threat

WACO, Texas (BP)—Despite reports that Baylor University President Robert Sloan would be fired, the university’s board of regents unanimously reaffirmed their commitment to Sloan’s ambitious “Vision 2012” 10-year plan during a July 23 meeting in Waco, Texas.

NOBTS trustees to weigh sole membership options

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees apparently will weigh alternatives to sole membership during their October meeting, according to comments by the trustee chairman reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper.

Dead Sea Scrolls link up with NOBTS center

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—The Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to the Southeast.

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