Posted: 5/19/03

Tornado took deacon for a wild ride

By Lonnie Wilkey

Tennessee Baptist & Reflector

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (ABP)--A historic church in southern Tennessee was leveled by a tornado May 5, but the survival of one of its deacons was hailed as "a miracle of God."



Posted: 5/19/03

New Missouri convention meets

WINDERMERE CONFERENCE CENTER, Mo.--Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Missouri held their first annual meeting May 2-3, electing a full-time pastor, a bivocational pastor and a laywoman to leadership.

Bill Miller, elected president of the fledgling convention, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmington, Mo. Jimmy Albright, elected vice president, is pastor of Wyatt Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., and professor of archaeology at Missouri Western State College. Sondra Allen, elected secretary, is a member of First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Mo.

The convention was organized last spring as an alternative to the Missouri Baptist Convention after fundamentalists gained control of the existing convention's governing boards and began enacting sweeping changes.



Posted: 5/19/03

Lotz proposes Third World network

SWANWICK, ENGLAND--An international Baptist mission agency that would send and support Baptist missionaries from Third World countries has been proposed by Denton Lotz, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.

The agency, Lotz said, would support those who feel called by God to missionary work beyond their borders but lack the financial resources to answer the call.

Lotz made the proposal at the BWA Summit on Baptist Mission in the 21st Century, held May 5-9 at Swanwick, England. Baptist leaders from 60 countries spent a week focused on the evangelistic challenges they face as they seek to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.



Posted: 5/19/03

Should Christian 'soldiers' march onward in Iraq?

By Robert Marus

ABP Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (ABP)--Now that the United States has won the physical war in Iraq, should American Christian missionaries join a spiritual one there?



Posted: 5/19/03

Focus on family issues

I am writing in response to Ben Macklin's letter (May 12) expressing concerns about non-Southern Baptists preaching at the Pastors' Conference, June 15-16 in Phoenix.

He states, "Our Cooperative Program dollars given to the SBC should not fund a single non-Baptist. Period!" He has nothing to worry about. The Pastors' Confe

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rence is funded solely through the offerings collected at the conference, product sales of recorded sermons, and the hosting church, in this case, First Baptist in Dallas.

I encourage Texas Baptists to attend. This year's conference will focus on family issues, particularly ministering to ministers' families.

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