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DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)–Hurricane Katrina and its devastating toll on human life thrust a sense of renewed urgency on the speakers at the Florida Baptist State Evangelism Conference, Sept. 11-12 at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach.
PENSACOLA (BP)–Eighty-six new Southern Baptist missionaries were appointed Sept. 13 by International Mission Board trustees at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola - a Gulf Coast city east of the region battered by Hurricane Katrina.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—On a hot Sunday in Jacksonville, small children handed cups of lemonade to church-goers headed for lunch and afternoon naps. They didn’t ask for money from the members of Coastal Baptist Church, but people gave it anyway, sometimes not even taking their lemonade.
ATLANTA (FBW)–“Homeless” but not “helpless,” Chuck Kelley said he is certain God has been preparing him and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for such a time as this. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans, causing its levees to break and flooding most of the historic city, Kelley, NOBTS president, remained upbeat about the seminary’s educational mission and its ability to reach out to a hurting community.
One of our greatest strengths of Southern Baptists in times of disaster is the Cooperative Program. Because of this God-given, mission-driven budgeting plan, the administration of disaster relief is in place at all times. Such a system allows immediate response. Because of the Cooperative Program, all contributions are channeled directly to the disaster areas.
At least two of the Southern Baptist volunteers helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina have seen this kind of devastation before – and worse.
Upon learning that a federal judge issued an order against the Elk Grove (Calif.) United School District forbidding even the voluntary recitation of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, lawsuit instigator Michael Newdow said this: “A federal judge did as he was supposed to do and upheld the Constitution. We should be thankful that we have a judiciary that will do that.”
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On his 89th birthday (Aug. 31) NPR senior news analyst, Daniel Schorr, observed that President Bush had “staked out a non-position” on the debate between evolution and Intelligent Design. Bush had said that “both sides ought to be properly taught in the schools of America.” Then, with manifest scorn, Schorr linked the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with the concept of Intelligent Design: “[Bush] might well have reflected that, if this was the result of Intelligent Design, then the Designer has something to answer for.”
G. K. Chesterton wrote one of the most remarkable books I have ever read titled Orthodoxy. In it he says that the Christian faith uniquely reconciles the varying aspects of human character and behavior. For example, we see the dark side of life, and we hate the sin–but we love the world, and so we love the sinner. Chesterton says this is why he believes that the Christian doctrine exactly fits the human condition.
DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)–As well as focusing on inspiration, the Florida Baptist Evangelism Conference highlighted practical ways all Florida Baptists can be involved in witnessing.
DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—Eggs, toilet paper tubes, work boots and dinosaur slippers lined a table near center stage of the main auditorium at First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach.
DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—First Baptist Church Oak Hill adults drove 45 minutes to take 11 teenagers to the “Night Thing” youth event held in conjunction with the State Evangelism Conference at First Baptist Church Daytona Beach Sept. 9-10.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–For more than 30 years, the Centurymen have gathered to prepare choral music for annual concert tours in America and overseas. The group, which has been called by a national news network “America’s finest male chorus,” has been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards, and is often in demand for choral competitions.