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SBC Cooperative Program month, year record increases
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program receipts for April were up more than 32 percent and the fiscal year’s total more than 8 percent compared to last year, according to Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the SBC Executive Committee.
For April 1999, CP receipts totaled $15,741,149 compared to April 1998 of $11,903,309, an increase of more than $3.8 million or 32.24 percent.
For the SBC fiscal year, after seven months, CP gifts... Read More
Seminary Extension passes 27 tests for collegiate status
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Students enrolled in Seminary Extension courses have taken thousands of tests over the years. But recently it was Seminary Extension's turn to be tested. And the Southern Baptist entity, which provides theological studies at the college level, passed with flying colors.
Seminary Extension had 27 of its college-level courses evaluated by the American Council on Education to determine if ACE would recommend them for credit toward a college degree. After being carefully ex... Read More
Failure to reach cities linked to Colo. shooting, pastor says
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The murderous rampage that took place in Littleton, Colo., can be traced to Christians' failure to follow God's strategy to change society by changing the lives of people who live in cities, a Chicago pastor said at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
"Urban evangelism is not just another box on NAMB's (North American Mission Board) chart," said Charles Lyons, pastor of Armitage Baptist Church. "It is the Holy Spirit's strategy.
"I believ... Read More
Personal evangelism learned, & practiced by Boyce students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--"I don’t think that there’s a better gift that you could give anybody than to tell them who Jesus is and what he has done on the cross," said Jennifer Atterbury, a bachelor of arts student at the James P. Boyce College of the Bible in Louisville, Ky.
In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded Christians to share this gift. At Boyce College on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, professor Mark Howell takes the commandment seriously.
Students ... Read More
Y2K a ministry opportunity, Texas Baptist brochure states
DALLAS (BP)--Y2K is an opportunity to prepare for ministry, not an occasion for panic, according to a new publication by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
“Y2K” is shorthand for the year 2000 and surrounding concerns about possible disruption in communications, utilities and food supplies due to computer failures. The brochure, “Y2K and Texas Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries,” offers practical suggestions for churches and families regarding food, water, cookin... Read More
Prayer brings Brazilian student in contact with Baptist couple
BUTLER, Ala. (BP)--I've given to missions all my life,” Mack Sanders said, "but I have never personally seen the results ... until I met Roberta."
Mack and his wife, Bettye, of Butler, Ala., speak passionately about the Brazilian exchange student, Roberta Barbosa, they are hosting for the 1998-99 school year.
Barbosa, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she is a member of Faith Baptist Church, represents the third generation of Protestants in her family, in a nation where 90 percent of its c... Read More
Normalization of adultery prompts his admonition not ‘to wogaman̵
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Remember that Continuing Witness Training transparency with the heading, “Two Views of Sin?” Drawn on the model of a seesaw, it showed man’s light view of sin on the left side and God’s heavy view on the right. On the left, we read that man makes little of sin, calls it an illusion, denies it, jokes about it and disregards its consequences. To the right, we read that God makes much of it, that it is an abomination to him, that he takes no pleasure i... Read More