Tennessee weathers stormy meeting

Posted: 12/02/05

Tennessee weathers stormy meeting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (ABP)--Disaster served as a distraction from denominational politics for messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

Meeting at First Baptist Church in Clarksville, messengers had to seek shelter in the church's basement for more than an hour when a series of tornadoes struck the western and central parts of the state.

After they reconvened to finish the afternoon business, officials decided to cancel the evening service when weather reports predicted another round of severe storms would pass through the city.

Family Bible Series for Dec. 11: No better time to be a missionary than Christmas

Posted: 11/29/05

Family Bible Series for Dec. 11

No better time to be a missionary than Christmas

• Romans 1:1-7, 13-17

By Donald Raney

Around the State

Posted: 12/02/05
Iglesia Nueva Vida in Zapata held a groundbreaking service for a 6,000-square-foot building. It will cost approximately $300,000. A barbecue followed the groundbreaking ceremony. Participating in the groundbreaking were Robert Marshall, Joe Ramirez, Jane Cornelius, Pastor Mack Caffey of First Church in Zapata, Director of Missions Mike O'Neill of Coastal Bend Association and Pastor Raul Hernandez of Iglesia Nueva Vida.

Around the State

bluebull Four students from the East Texas Baptist University School of Fine Arts competed in a regional conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Jennifer Howell and Taylor Johnson both advanced to the semifinal round with Johnson finishing fifth. Cortney Brinker and Rachel Farley also competed.

bluebull Baylor University won the top team award for the ninth consecutive year at the Model Organization of American States. The Baylor team also took six of the 14 awards presented. Students from 22 universities assumed the roles of diplomatic representatives to the Organization of American States. Repre-senting various countries, participants researched and debated various issues of concern to the hemisphere, such as decentralization, terrorism, privacy issues, renewable fuels and telecommunications standardization. Baylor's team represented Venezuela and Uruguay.

bluebull The Collegian, Houston Baptist University's student newspaper, was a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press' 2005 Newspaper Pacemaker competition. Final-ists were selected based on excellence in coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership on the opinion page; evidence of in-depth reporting; layout/de-sign; and photography, art and graphics. Alice Rowlands, associate professor in mass media, is the publication's adviser.

First Church in Denton ran its annual Judgement House for 11 nights. A total of 3,245 people attended. More than 600 people made spiritual decisions during the performances, including 234 professions of faith in Jesus Christ. Pictured are members of the cast portraying Jesus and angels. Jeff Williams is pastor.

Baptist Briefs

Posted: 12/02/05

Baptist Briefs

Carson-Newman College names Elliott distinguished alum. Ralph Elliott, the Old Testament scholar whose book, The Message of Genesis, sparked heated controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, will be honored by Carson-Newman College in April as a distinguished alumnus. His 1961 book, published by the Broadman Press imprint of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, viewed the first 11 chapters of Genesis as symbolic rather than historic. Elliott lost his seminary post when he refused trustee demands that he not republish the work.

Henry plans to hand off Orlando pastorate. Jim Henry--a two-term Southern Baptist Convention president--will step down as co-pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando March 31. Henry, 67, who has been pastor of the Orlando congregation since 1977, announced his plans in a letter sent to church members. In May, the church called David Uth as co-pastor, grooming him to follow Henry.

LifeWay COO announces retirement. Ted Warren, executive vice president and chief operating officer of LifeWay Christian Resources, will retire Feb. 1 after 12 years with the Southern Baptist publishing house. Warren, 58, joined LifeWay in 1994 as chief financial officer and vice president for the business services group, becoming executive vice president and COO in 1995. Before going to LifeWay, he worked 22 years in the oil and gas industry, serving in the early 1990s as president of Grace Drilling Co. and, prior to that, as executive vice president of Texas Oil & Gas Production Company.

Russia trip marks 10 years of Buckner's international ministry

Posted: 12/02/05
Robin Jones (left, holding child), national promotions and marketing director for Moody Broadcasting Network, and Buckner volunteer Jana Houston of Tennessee place shoes on the feet of a visually impaired child at a Russian orphanage. (Photo by Felicia Fuller)

Russia trip marks 10 years
of Buckner's international ministry

By Felicia Fuller

Buckner Benevolences

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia--As the noonday sun beamed across the music room at a Russian orphanage, a silver-haired woman took her seat before an arc of chattering children. Unmoved by the commotion, she smiled knowingly, folded her hands in her lap and waited. At her side, translator Vladimir hushed the youngsters with a wave of his finger.

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