September 23, 2004 Print Edition

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Ivan slams gulf; relief on the way

PENSACOLA (FBC)—Forty-eight hours after the winds died down following the Sept. 16 landfall of Hurricane Ivan, Southern Baptist relief workers from Oklahoma were feeding hundreds their first full meal at Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church.

ARC official calls Southern Baptist workers flexible, fluid

DELAND (FBW)—Likening Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers to Jesus’ twelve disciples, a Red Cross official in Deland said there are many who come alongside the Red Cross in providing emergency aid in times of need, but none like Southern Baptists.

Faith replaces disbelief after Ivan

PENSCOLA (FBW)—Pensacola, the gleaming seaport on a hill that for centuries opened its emerald rivers and tributaries to sailors and seafarers, lies battered and bruised, the victim of an unwelcome and angry guest from the sea.

Sullivan visits ‘forgotten places’

NORTHERN PANHANDLE (FBW)—Florida Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer had to decide where he was going to visit Saturday, Sept. 18, to survey damage to churches and homes wrought by Hurricane Ivan Sept. 15-16. Would it be the major metropolitan area hard hit by the Category 3 hurricane, or the small towns north and east of Pensacola also suffering after the storm?

Southern Baptists offer relief in wake of Hurricane Ivan

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—Hundreds of Alabama and Florida residents along the Gulf Coast waited in lines Sept. 19, extending for blocks—even miles—for a hot meal prepared at Southern Baptist Disaster Relief mobile kitchens stationed at area churches.

BP launches internet election resource guide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In an effort to inform evangelical voters and contribute to the initiative, Baptist Press has launched an online election resource guide that includes information on registering to vote and on major issues facing the country.

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Point of View

Ben Stein knows his celebrities. In fact, the economist, actor, game show host, and writer, whom I am happy to number among my friends, knows so many celebrities that the website E! Online asked him to write a regular column about his encounters with the rich and famous. Stein wrote that column, titled “Monday Night at Morton’s,” for nearly eight years.

Point of View

Over the last 20 years, evangelical Christians have been politically mobilized in an outpouring of moral concern and political engagement unprecedented since the crusade against slavery in the 19th Century. Is this a good development? With the 2004 presidential campaign now under way, the issue of political involvement emerges anew with urgency.

Patterson presents unlikely message at BCF chapel

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—It wasn’t the most likely sermon to deliver to a group of future ministers during a chapel service at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF), but for Paige Patterson it was perfectly logical.

Public invited to prayer conference at BCF

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville will host BCF students, faculty and staff for the annual Prayer Conference. The three-day event will be held Oct. 11-13 from 10-11 a.m. in the Assembly Center on the BCF campus.

BCF adds new faculty in Christian education and elementary education

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) welcomes two new faculty members this semester as the college begins the fall 2005 semester. Tod Tanner and Nancy Holley join the staff as assistant professor of Christian education and elementary education, respectively.

Bobby Welch bus tour reaches halfway point at Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—Talk about preaching to the choir – Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch brought his message of reaching people for Christ and importance of the SBC Cooperative Program missions support to the North American Mission Board Sept. 16. Needless to say, he received a rousing welcome.

Green tells SEBTS students what they believe does matter

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (SEBTS)—In a world saturated with pluralism, Christ’s declaration of His divinity, “I am,” would serve Christians well in remembering that salvation lies only in Him, Florida pastor Tommy Green said in a sermon at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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