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Issue Date: 2003-11-06
Volume: 182
Number: 22


California wildfire evacuees bouyed as Baptists meet needs, lift spirits
Inland Empire Association uses puppet shows, wrestling to point the way to Christ

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. (BP) - Fire victims at the largest evacuation site in Southern California are being fed, provided showers, and even entertained by local Southern Baptists.
President Robertson married to Superwoman

S. E. "Granny" Goff calls Beth Robertson "Superwoman". Beth is the wife of Wayne Robertson, who at the last rap of the gavel in Columbus on Tuesday will complete his second year as the president of the Georgia Baptist Convention. "Granny", who is 83 years young, is Beth's fishing "buddy".
Woodstock Church believes call to missions can begin in Sunday School

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) - The Great Commission mandate requires all Christians to be missionaries, and a Sunday School class is a good tool for putting that into action, an outreach director said.
Georgia Baptists On Mission
Mission Volunteers Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention develops ministry opportunities for all Georgia Baptists to become mission partners throughout Georgia, the United States, and around the world.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Sharpton tapped as agency president elect
Baptist Village Retirement Communities trustees have elected Delos L. Sharpton as the next president/CEO of Georgia Baptist's oldest and largest ministry to senior adults. Sharpton will assume the position upon the retirement of current President/CEO J. Olan Jones who has served for thirty-five years, the last twenty-three as administrator and president/CEO.

Religious Newsbriefs

Episcopalians rebuked, but not disciplined, by Anglican leaders
LONDON(RNS) - Leaders of the Anglican Communion said Oct. 16 they would not discipline the Episcopal Church for its approval of an openly gay bishop, but warned that Episcopal policies on homosexuality threaten to "tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level."
Methodist giving gap continues to grow
(RNS) - The United Methodist Church said giving for this year continues to drop - down 5 percent, or about $3 million - after church officials first noticed a looming deficit three months ago.
Seventh-day Adventists report increase of close to 1 million members
SILVER SPRING, Md.(RNS) - The Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown to a total of 13.3 million baptized members worldwide, an increase of almost a million in the last year.

People and Places

Interim Ministers
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories


Nobody was sure if anyone would come. They put flyers - printed in Spanish - where they thought they'd be seen. But no one knew.


Seeds from the Sower

When I was a boy, every time a neighbor visited us, my father would ask me to sing. One night I asked, "Why?" "It's easier," he said, "than asking her to leave."
The Open Door

The Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting time has arrived. Many Georgia Baptists from across this great state will be gathering in Columbus to transact Kingdom business, to sing, to pray, and to worship. I trust that when we return to our homes following the meeting we will do so rejoicing over the great way God spoke to our hearts during these days.
Singles looking toward marriage can use these practical tips

Ethics & Public Affairs
'Til death do us part

I arrived home from Navy Boot Camp. Margaret and I were married the next day. We both were seventeen. Two weeks later, I sailed to the Philippine Islands. When my "hitch" in the Navy was done, I returned home.
Mother Teresa on the path to recognition as a saint

I was privileged to attend the National Prayer Breakfast on February 3, 1994 in Washington, D.C. The occasion attracted a "Who's Who" list of America's most notable government and civic leaders. The primary speaker for the occasion was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India.


Cooperative Program worthy of our support

SIR: It saddens me to read about lagging support for the Cooperative Program.
U.S. founded as Christian nation

Sir: There has been no small commotion, in recent years, as to the constitutionality of Christian symbols and citations of Scripture in government owned facilities. Rising from the debate are cries that the U. S. Constitution requires a "separation of church and state" - a Jeffersonian phrase not found in the Declaration of Independence nor the U. S. Constitution.