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Knowing, pursuing God was DestiNATIONS focus

DALLAS (BP)–It had the look of a missions conference, but organizers of “DestiNATIONS: A Conclave of Mission Awareness” say it became more. “What we heard wasn’t the same old, same old,” said Brenda Sanders, student missions coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The focus of the weekend was not on mission needs, she […]

‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Millionaire’ give clues to U.S. culture

DALLAS (BP)–Two television game shows provide clues about where American culture has been and where it is headed, said author Leonard Sweet. “Jeopardy” is rational and word-based, he said, while “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is “based on a totally different framework. … It’s not designed to be a game show. It’s designed to […]

YouthLink organizers report 33,000 registrations to date

ATLANTA (BP)–A “lifetime of challenges” awaits Southern Baptist students at YouthLink 2000, organizers of the year-end event told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15 in Atlanta. Richard Ross and Dean Finley, YouthLink 2000 co-chairs, said 33,000 youth and college students already have registered for the Dec. 29-31 event that will be […]

Southern Baptists launch celebration of Cooperative Program’s 75th ye

ATLANTA (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention launched the celebration of its Cooperative Program’s 75th anniversary June 15 with a reminder from Morris Chapman that the financial giving plan is “all about souls.” “It’s very critical that we reach America, the world for Jesus Christ,” said Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee. The Cooperative Program is […]

In his final 20 minutes with dad, son helped him meet the Savior

MARTINSVILLE, Ill. (BP)–If you had asked Stub Rice about Jesus or Christianity, the boy would have responded, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” The time and place — 1950s Illinois. Loren M. “Stub” Rice II, now age 52, grew up in Harvard, Ill., about three miles south of the Wisconsin state line between […]

Church Revitalization Through Prayer Partnerships

A monthly prayer partner emphasis launched four years ago "has been a miracle and a blessing in this church," said Donald Russell, pastor of West Union (Ill.) Baptist Church. "It's got people praying for one another and caring for one another." At the first Sunday night service of the month, each person gets the name […]

Church’s prayer partner plan touches those at odds, along with young & old

WEST UNION, Ill. (BP)–A monthly prayer partner emphasis launched four years ago “has been a miracle and a blessing in this church,” said Donald Russell, pastor of West Union (Ill.) Baptist Church. “It’s got people praying for one another and caring for one another.” At the first Sunday night service of the month, each person […]

New trustee boards, endowment, CP hike approved by Ill. Baptists

ROCKFORD, Ill. (BP)–Illinois Baptists created two new “boards of trustees” and approved a fund-raising drive to begin a “New Work Endowment Fund” during their Nov. 4-5 annual meeting in Rockford, Ill.Five recommendations regarding financial matters coming from the IBSA board of directors gained approval from messengers. One of the items hiked the percentage of Cooperative […]

Phoenix to get special focus in 2000, Arizona Baptists told

PHOENIX (BP)–Arizona Southern Baptists experienced a quiet annual meeting in which only one ballot vote — for convention president — was taken. Despite a new abbreviated format that featured three rather than four sessions, the Nov. 10-11 program ran ahead of schedule much of the time. The annual meeting drew an estimated 500 messengers representing […]

Women’s roles draw concern from Illinois ministers

BENTON, Ill. (BP)–Several Illinois Baptist pastors and two associational directors of missions have raised concerns about the role of women in the proposed staff reorganization of Illinois Baptist State Association.Nine ministers in the southern-Illinois Franklin Baptist Association signed one letter to the editor of the Illinois Baptist newsjournal, and a central Illinois DOM sent another […]