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November 10
1999

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BULLETIN: Messengers reject SBC revision of Baptist Faith & Message
Texas Baptists will not go along with changes to the Baptist Faith & Message enacted by the Southern Baptist Convention. Full Story New president calls reconcilitation efforts "a fruitless task." Full Story Vote opens BGCT to non-Texas churches. Full Story
Christians must rebuild the walls of morality and righteousness in America, David Keith stressed during the 1999 annual sermon. Full Story Messengers vote to study mission-sending organizations and seminaries.
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Relations with new Hispanic association referred to committee. Full Story
Dilday says Texas Baptists need to
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Ron Cook, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brownwood, examines the prophetic question of Malachi 3:2: "Who can endure the day of his coming?"
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Chowing down. Mark and Alison Wingfield suspect their troubles with eating can be traced back to Adam and Eve.onlineonly
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Fall enrollment high at
Texas Baptist universities
___By Orville Scott
___Texas Baptist Communications
___DALLAS--Enrollment at Texas Baptist universities and one academy increased by about 1,200 this fall to a total of 32,311, almost one-third of the students enrolled in Southern Baptist-related colleges nationwide.
___"Total enrollment in the eight universities affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas has increased year after year because of such factors as a positive environment, caring faculty and staff, small class sizes, standards for values and morality, academic excellence and, of course, the integration of faith and learning within the context of Christian commitment," said Keith Bruce, director of the BGCT Christian Education Coordinating Board
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BGCT names first writers for new
Texas lessons to begin in March

___By Dan Martin
__ Texas Baptist Communications
___Paul Powell, Leroy Fenton and Leroy Kemp have been named writers for the first issue of Bible Study for Texas, the new adult Bible study materials produced by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
___Powell, of Tyler, is retired president of the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and former president of the BGCT. He is a former pastor and has written numerous books of sermons and other helps for preachers.
___Fenton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waxahachie, has been chairman of the BGCT Executive Board and has served on many other state convention committees.
___Kemp, professor of religion at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, is former pastor of First Baptist Church of Belton.
___The materials will feature a 144-page pupil's guide and a 72-page teaching guide. They will be printed in four-color and in a paperback book format.
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WMU to reduce staff one-fourth
___By Mark Wingfield
___Managing Editor
___Woman's Missionary Union will eliminate one-fourth of the staff positions at its Birmingham headquarters in an effort to "stabilize expenses," the agency's leaders announced Nov. 2.
___The downsizing will not affect any program personnel, said spokeswoman Teresa Dickens.
___The 39 positions to be eliminated--out of 150 total--fall primarily in the areas of customer service, order entry and information technology, Dickens said. The majority of the affected workers are hourly employees rather than salaried employees, she added.
___Most of the functions currently performed by these employees will be outsourced to third-party vendors, she said.
___The first and most pivotal of several third-party contracts has been signed with Media Services Inc. of Birmingham, which will provide technical and personnel support for WMU's customer service requests.
___WMU customers should experience no difference in the way they order materials, Dickens said, explaining the changes to be introduced all will happen behind the scenes.
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