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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

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  • Pensacola faces ‘greatest challenge we have ever faced’

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Retelling Ivan’s fury


    Bob Morrison (with hand raised), minister of music at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, recounts how Hurricane Ivan tore off the roof of the sanctuary as John Sullivan (left), the Florida Baptist Convention's executive director-treasurer, listens. Photo by Ken Touchton


    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)--Bob Greene walked along the same paths he did as a teenager, crossed sidewalks where he had played and looked on the church where he was called to preach as a high school senior.

    And he was filled with tears.

    Whitfield Memorial Baptist Church in Pensacola stood in disrepair, a gaping hole in its roof, victimized by a bully named Ivan. The former pastor’s home, where he once lived while his father led the church, lay in shambles. The small congregation that remains was caught without wind insurance and may not be able to be recover from the building’s extensive damage. Read More

  • Welch tour: From Lambeau Field to meeting a former soldier

    by Norm Miller, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Now that’s saying cheese


    In a visit to Green Bay, Wis., SBC President Bobby Welch receives a famed “cheesehead” hat from Jim Downs (left), pastor of Highland Crest Baptist Church, and Downs’ son, Micah. Photo by Norm Miller


    GREEN BAY, Wis. (BP)--Lambeau Field, Lombardi and cheeseheads. It’s Sunday in Green Bay and the festivities are getting started. Some are singing. Others’ hands are in the air. A cheerful, team spirit pervades the crowd.

          No, the Packers aren’t running onto the field. But about 400 yards away from the Pack’s storied “Frozen Tundra,” about 300 members of Highland Crest Baptist Church -- the largest Southern Baptist church in Wisconsin -- are worshiping God and also hosting the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bobby Welch. Read More

  • EKG goes churchwide: Study of God’s ‘heartbeat’ debuts

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Pointing to the Kingdom


    Ken Hemphill speaks to Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., in introducing a new Empowering Kingdom Growth resource: "A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat of God." Photo by Lindsay Stavish


    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--For the Great Commission to be fulfilled, churches need a renewed focus on missions and Christians need an increased understanding of their roles in God's Kingdom, Ken Hemphill said during the Sept. 26 kickoff of a new Empowering Kingdom Growth resource: "A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat of God."

          Over 200 congregations began the study this fall and a winter campaign to enlist churches already is under way. The first printing of 10,500 books has been sold and a second printing of 5,100 has been ordered, although the materials have been available only since August.

    "There have been two kingdoms in conflict," Hemphill said. "There's the kingdom of this world, which is transitory, which is passing away, and yet has a great allure for us. And there is the Kingdom of heaven, which is eternal and permanent but not often seen and sometimes neglected." Read More

  • Veteran missionaries’ service sustained by God, Rankin says

    by Mark Kelly, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Few things are more difficult than a missionary's life. Loneliness, harsh living conditions, spiritual opposition, danger, illness and even the death of a loved one are just a few of the things that can send someone packing. Read More

  • Land promotes value-based voting at seminary lecture

    by Michael McCormack, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Near the top of the iVoteValues.com homepage is the question: "Why bother?" Indeed, this is a question many evangelical Christians seem to ask before each election. According to Focus on the Family, three out of four evangelicals failed to vote in the last national election. Read More

  • Missions for Fargo church is local & international

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    FARGO, N.D. (BP)--In May 2003, God did an amazing thing through Temple Baptist Church, said Durward “Dude” Garrett, pastor of the Fargo, N.D., congregation for the past 17 years. Read More

  • WHERE IS THE BUS TOUR TODAY? South Dakota & Iowa

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"The Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism" national bus tour by Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch will visit churches in South Dakota and Iowa on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Read More

  • Fla. hurricane victims buoyed by meals & smiles from volunteers

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)--Merle Pershall was working the feeding line in Pensacola, Fla., like a stand-up comedian working a crowd, dishing out bottled water from a huge steel bowl, taking snack treats to the boys and girls standing in the hot sun, offering wide smiles to parents and words of encouragement to seniors. His routine almost took away the sting at having to stand in the heat of the noon day for nearly an hour to get a hot meal. Read More

  • Southwestern mag focuses on church planting in N. America

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The fall issue of Southwestern News magazine focuses on church planting in North America and also includes guidelines for innovative church planting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Examine the ‘news’

    by R. Albert Mohler Jr., posted Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (14 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The expanding controversy over CBS News reports on President George W. Bush's National Guard service -- and the network's acknowledgement that it used faked documents in its report -- raises a host of issues about truth-telling, media credibility and evangelical responsibility. Read More