May 5, 2003
___ Church ousted over gay baptisms. Cabarrus Baptist Association withdrew fellowship from McGill Baptist Church in Concord, N.C., April 28 because the church baptized two men believed to be homosexuals. Director of Missions Randy Wadford said the association would have taken similar action if a church baptized someone who continued to be an alcoholic and did not change their lifestyle to become a Christian. McGill Pastor Steve Ayers countered that repentance is turning toward Christ, not being perfect in order to join. "If we throw the sinners out, there's not a church that's going to be open next week," he said.
___ Mars Hill presidential search troubled. T
he faculty voted 70 to 0 against him. The Student Government Association opposed him by a 10-to-1 margin. Alumni and retired staff have publicly opposed him. Nevertheless, trustees of North Carolina's Mars Hill College appear ready to proceed with considering Rick Brewer as university president. Brewer, a vice president at Charleston Southern University, is considered by critics as too conservative for the more moderately oriented school, according to a report in the Biblical Recorder. Despite negative reaction after a campus visit by the candidate, the trustee executive committee was scheduled to meet off campus May 1, reportedly to consider advancing the nomination.
|U.S NAVY chaplain Cmdr. Ron Craddock of Hampton Roads, Va., says the end of the day prayer over the ship's intercom aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt in the Mediterranean Sea. Craddock is a Baptist chaplain endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
___ NAMB seeks 1 million to pray. The Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board seeks 1 million people to participate in "One in a Million," a campaign of regular and specific prayer for personal repentance, personal revival and national spiritual awakening. Participants may register either by phone at (770) 410-6333 or through the website www.namb.net/prayer.
___ Texan pens Christmas musical. Kim Noblitt, minister of music at First Baptist Church of Euless, has written a new Christmas musical titled "His Kingdom Shall Never End: A Praise and Worship Christmas." It is published by LifeWay Christian Resources under the Genevox label. Noblitt and the choir from the Euless church premiered the work April 25 at Music California, a gathering of music publishers from across the country. The musical combines Christmas favorites with original songs arranged by Daniel Smith in a contemporary style. Narrations for three worship leaders were written by Lawrence Kimbrough.
___ Land commends Santorum. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., created a firestorm of protest when he declared a potential Supreme Court ruling against a Texas sodomy law would open the door for a right to such acts as incest and polygamy to be legally recognized. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, however, has commended Santorum for "courageously sharing his beliefs."
___ Mohler marks 10th year. Trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently feted President Al Mohler on his 10th anniversary at the seminary. Rick White, pastor of First Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., and chairman of the board during Mohler's early turbulent years at the helm, said Mohler "did not shrink back from the mission even in the midst of the cauldron of controversy." Southern's executive cabinet presented Mohler with a rare 1641 edition of "Foxe's Book of Martyrs." Trustees gave Mohler a 1608 Geneva Bible and presented the family with a trip to Europe.
___ Henderson named Hawaii executive. Veryl Henderson, 60, was unanimously elected executive director-treasurer of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention April 19 by the convention's executive board. He succeeds O.W. Efurd, who retired March 31. Henderson currently serves as director of the church planting division for the Colorado Baptist General Convention. He previously served as pastoral missionary at Lahaina Baptist Church, Kihei Baptist Mission and West Maui Resort Missions, as state director of resort missions and as state director of missions. He is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
___ LifeWay introducing new curriculum. LifeWay Christian Resources is introducing two new adult Sunday School curriculum lines. "MasterWork: Essential Messages from God's Servants" is geared for developing and maturing believers who desire deeper Bible study. Well-known authors such as Billy Graham and Charles Swindoll are among the curriculum's writers. "Life Connections: Bible Study that Builds Community" is designed for small groups and is billed as a way to more easily assimilate new members and seekers into Sunday School.
___ Warren book tops New York Times list. Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life" reached No. 1 on the New York Times list of best-selling hardcover advice books April 27. Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Sales for the book now total more than 2.7 million copies.
___ Proverbs lessons offered. Acacia Resources, a division of Baptist Center for Ethics, has released a 13-week undated Sunday School curriculum titled "Living Wisely, Living Well: Lessons from The Proverbs."
___ CBF launches new website. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has launched a new website "for the purpose of keeping the record straight regarding the Fellowship by correcting misstatements and addressing ongoing attacks by groups that seek to discredit CBF and its ministries," a news release explained. The site is www.truthaboutcbf.net.
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