September 8, 2005 Print Edition

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Katrina destroys; Baptists respond: Florida Baptists providing aid in Miss.

HATTIESBURG, MISS (FBC)—Florida Baptist relief volunteers have been on-site in Hattiesburg since Aug. 31, two days after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf coast.

New Orleans Seminary student rides out storm

NEW ORLEANS (FBW)–It started as an almost normal Saturday at a somewhat crowded grocery store. Picking up snacks and water for his wife and two children, Walter Johnson, a student working towards a masters of Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, felt small concern for the coming storm. Over the next three days, however, normality fled, leaving him scrambling to escape the chaos following Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina destroys; Baptists respond

ATLANTA (BP)–Logistical challenges continue to hamper efforts of more than 1,200 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisting people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Floridians assist Katrina victims in Sunshine State

JACKSONVILLE (FBC/FBW)–Florida Baptist churches and Blue Springs Conference Center are welcoming residents from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with open arms after Hurricane Katrina drove them away, destroyed their homes and prevented them from returning.

Backpacks promote back-to-school ministry

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–As the hot afternoon sun waned, children hovered at Monaco Arms Apartments in Jacksonville, Aug. 3, waiting their turn to receive one of 46 new backpacks filled with school supplies. Over 50 people from the community chatted and snacked at the back-to-school event.

Point of View

Many have asked me about the theological implications of Hurricane Katrina. Some will be writing on this I’m sure, but for me, I feel like Simon Peter must have felt when he was walking on the water. Suddenly he began to sink and cried to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” I believe under his breath he said . . .” and we will work out the theology when we get to shore!”

Point of View

Every thoughtful person must deal with the problem of evil. Evil acts and tragic events come to us all in this vale of tears known as human life. The problem of evil and suffering is undoubtedly the greatest theological challenge we face.

Point of View

In a very real sense, my hometown no longer exists. And I watched it all on CNN.

Point of View

Good question and one worth asking again: Can anything good come from the SBC?

Point of View

I recently had the opportunity to meet with several youth ministers from Southern Baptist churches here in Missouri. Each impressed me as having a deep commitment to biblical authority and personal passion for Jesus Christ. As we discussed the challenges facing current youth ministers, a concern all shared was the fact that many youth, including youth in evangelical churches, are dabbling in Wicca.

Revivals bring renewal, growth to Gulf Coast church

MARY ESTHER (FBC)–Jennifer Martinez of Navarre Beach discreetly wiped a tear from her eye as her husband Adam told of being among 27 new believers to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. The new Christians were baptized at First Baptist Church of Mary Esther following a week-long Spring revival.

Nominations accepted for ministers’ wife award

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Officers of the Florida Baptist Conference of Ministers’ Wives are seeking nominations for the Clyde Maguire Minister’s Wife Award to present during its annual luncheon, Nov. 15.

FBC transfers $75K to aid conventions hurt by Katrina

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Responding to deadly devastation in the Gulf Coast spurred by the Aug. 29 landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the Florida Baptist Convention authorized the immediate disbursement of $75,000 in relief assistance to aid Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama state conventions.

Miami churches count their blessings

MIAMI (FBW)–Although most churches in the Miami Baptist Association have recovered from Hurricane Katrina’s Aug. 25 impact, congregations met Aug. 28 without electrical power in steamy conditions, with some choosing to meet on their lawns. The loss of electrical power proved to be the most problematic result of the storm, according to Jim Harrell, director of English ministries with the Miami Baptist Association.

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