November 2002

Giving help and hope to children

November 8 2002 by W. James Edminson , BCH Communications

Giving help and hope to children | Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Giving help and hope to children

By W. James Edminson BCH Communications

"My shoes are too tight," Lauren said with a laugh. "I hope I can make it across the stage tonight."

Lauren's crunched toes did not diminish the joy she felt in her heart. She was graduating from high school with honors.

But a few months earlier, this day seemed only a distant dream. Abandoned by her mother and living alone in a mobile home without electricity or heat, Lauren hurried to complete her homework before it was too dark to read her assignments or write math equations in her notebook.

Lauren and her mother had always been at odds with each other.

"I didn't really have a childhood," she said. "When I was with my mom, I didn't have a chance to be a kid. I just wanted to make her happy. I was never good enough."

Eventually, Lauren stopped trying to please her mother. Their relationship crumbled.

Returning from a weekend trip to the beach with friends, Lauren found the trailer she called home empty except for her personal belongings. Abruptly, her mother had married and moved to another town.

At first, Lauren lived with a friend, but then she returned to the trailer. Her classmates invited her to eat at their homes, shower and wash her clothes. But at night, she lay awake crying herself to sleep ... alone.

One friend's mother learned about Lauren, and she took action. Gwin Bailey, an N.C. Baptist, and her daughter, Beth, showed up at Lauren's trailer with an invitation for her to come and live with them.

A phone call to Baptist Children's Homes was Gwin's next move.

In a short time, Lauren was settling into Blackwell Cottage at Kennedy Home in Kinston. She was enrolled in school and working a part-time job.

"Living at Baptist Children's Homes has been the best thing for me," Lauren said. "They helped me establish a relationship with God. And that's very important to me."

The journey across the stage to receive her diploma marks a new beginning. This fall she is attending Chowan College in Murfreesboro.

Lauren now lies awake at night and dreams of teaching history at a college or university and smiles at the idea of being called "professor."

Lauren's story illustrates the incredible difference N.C. Baptists can make in the life of a child through Baptist Children's Homes (BCH) of North Carolina.

This year BCH's statewide Thanksgiving Offering theme is "I'm real." Lauren's story is real. The children who Baptist Children's Homes cares for are real. Like Lauren, their pain, hurt and needs are real. And because of N.C. Baptists, their hope is real. Last year, BCH cared for 1,855 children.

November is the month when N.C. Baptists collect the Thanksgiving Offering for Baptist Children's Homes. The week of prayer for BCH is Nov. 17 through Nov. 23.

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11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by W. James Edminson , BCH Communications | with 0 comments



Literacy missions on the rise

November 8 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Literacy missions on the rise | Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Literacy missions on the rise

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Every year, thousands of new residents move to North Carolina, and many of them have little proficiency with the English language.

And each year, hundreds of North Carolina students drop out of school, many of them unable to read or write much more than their name.

Reading is so basic to daily existence that it requires an effort for most people to imagine being unable to read traffic signs, grocery store labels or job applications.

Among those who have made that effort are hundreds of volunteers who want to help others learn to read and write. They know that few gifts are more valuable or vital to successful daily living, and so they spend untold hours in classrooms, prisons, churches and private homes as they share time, patience and expertise with others who want to improve their reading and writing skills.

A large contingent of volunteer tutors and teachers, mentors and trainers gathered at Caraway Conference Center Oct. 18-20 for an annual literacy missions conference sponsored by the Special Missions team of the Baptist State Convention's (BSC) Congregational Services group.

The 125 volunteers and conference leaders comprised the largest literacy missions conference yet, according to Donnie Wiltshire, BSC consultant for Special Missions.

The conference theme of "Teach One, Win One" reminded participants that literacy training offers many opportunities for sharing the gospel and leading students to experience a relationship with Christ.

One challenge of literacy training is to master the acronyms used to identify various avenues of literacy missions. A variety of conferences were offered in the areas of ESL (English as a Second Language), TCY (Tutoring Children and Youth), ARW (Adult Reading and Writing), and CE (Conversational English).

A new conference on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) provided tips for volunteers who plan to teach English in a mission setting overseas.

Jeannette Walters of Goldsboro was honored as Literacy Missions Volunteer of the year.

"Many who came told us that they felt it was the best training conference we have ever had in North Carolina," Wiltshire said.

Potential volunteers seeking more information can contact Wiltshire at (800) 395-5102 ext. 404 or by e-mail at dwiltsh@bscnc.org.

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11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments



Lottery looks likely in Tennessee

November 8 2002 by Lonnie Wilkey & Linda Lawson , Baptist Press

Lottery looks likely in Tennessee | Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Lottery looks likely in Tennessee

By Lonnie Wilkey & Linda Lawson Baptist Press

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The future of a state lottery in Tennessee now rests in the hands of the state's legislators.

The lawmakers were given that responsibility on Nov. 5 when 893,646 Tennesseans (58 percent) cast ballots to remove the lottery prohibition from the state constitution, compared to 658,543 (42 percent) who voted to keep the state gambling free.

The lottery actually won, however, by only 59,066 votes. Efforts to amend the state constitution require 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in the governor's race. According to unofficial election results in the Nov. 6 issue of The Tennessean, the total votes cast in the governor's race numbered 1,669,158. The referendum needed 834,580 votes to be approved. Only 1,552,189 votes were cast on the lottery referendum, meaning that 116,969 people who voted for a governor chose not to take a stand on the lottery issue.

Of the state's 95 counties, the lottery was defeated in 14 of them.

As expected, the lottery carried all of the major metropolitan areas in the state by a wide margin.

The change in the state constitution will authorize, but not require, the General Assembly to establish a lottery.

Under the amended constitution, the lottery would pay for college scholarships for qualifying students, with any remaining revenues going to construction and technology projects in K-12 schools and to early-learning and after-school programs.

Several Tennessee Baptists active in the effort to keep the state as one of only three without any form of legalized gambling expressed disappointment over the passage of the lottery.

Larry Murphy, director of missions for Madison-Chester and Crockett Baptist associations, serves in an area where lottery opponents won the vote.

"I'm heavily disappointed. However, I am proud that a majority of the votes against the lottery came from west Tennessee," he said.

And despite the defeat, Murphy reminded Tennessee Baptists that "our God is still in control. We've made an effort to educate the public about the impact of a lottery on the poor. Now, if a lottery is created, we must be responsive in helping those who are negatively impacted."

Nashville pastor Paul Durham of Radnor Baptist Church noted that "we lost the battle in getting the votes we needed, but we did not lose the war because we were faithful to the teachings and commands of our Lord, Jesus Christ."

"To this we give Him the praise and the glory," said Durham, who served as treasurer for Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance (GFTA) and chairman of the anti-lottery subcommittee of the Tennessee Baptist Convention executive board.

"We changed the minds of many people, just not enough," Durham said.

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11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by Lonnie Wilkey & Linda Lawson , Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Brother, can you spare three cents?

November 8 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Brother, can you spare three cents? | Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Brother, can you spare three cents?

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I still pick up pennies from sidewalks and parking lots, and find one or more just about every week.

Some folks won't bend over for anything less than a quarter.

Pennies mean very little to most of us - we can throw them into the "give-a-penny, take-a-penny" cup at the convenience store and not even think about it.

I have a grand idea for what readers can do with three of those pennies each week: save them up so you'll feel no pain when your Biblical Recorder subscription comes due, and it costs an additional $1.50 per year. You'll even have six cents left over for ... for ... well, for whatever you can find that you can buy with six cents.

We hate to raise prices, but we'd also hate to go out of business or further reduce the number of issues we publish, and we don't like either of those options.

The reasons for the price hike are easy enough to explain. Printing costs have remained fairly steady, but an 11 percent postage hike in July increased our mailing costs by more than $25,000 per year. We've held salary increases to a bare minimum, but we expect health insurance costs to increase by 20 percent this year - the fourth straight year of double-digit hikes.

The tanking of the economy dealt us a double-whammy on the revenue end, too. Cooperative Missions giving to the Baptist State Convention has dropped, leaving us more than $30,000 short of what we expected to receive this year.

Companies that advertise with us have made ends meet in part by reducing their advertising budgets - leaving us another $35,000 below budget expectations for the year.

The course of wisdom is to make more conservative income projections for next year.

Raising subscription prices alone won't balance our budget - we're making other adjustments, too - but it will help.

At only three pennies per week, we're trusting that the increase will not impose too great a hardship on our readers. All those pennies add up, and we need them.

I thank you in advance for understanding. And, as always, we appreciate your support.

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11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments



The power of a smile

November 8 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

The power of a smile | Friday, Nov 8, 2002

Friday, Nov 8, 2002

The power of a smile

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I've attended enough pastors' meetings and evangelism conferences to have heard scads of stories about how various speakers boarded airplanes, engaged reluctant seatmates in conversation, and led them to accept Christ before the plane landed.

That has never been my experience. I've had a few meaningful conversations while flying, but have also discovered that most people want to be left alone with their laptop computer, their chosen reading material, or their opportunity for a short nap. There is so much background noise in most airplanes that conversation requires an appreciable effort and considerable volume. If seatmates prefer to keep to themselves, I try to respect that.

The most deeply religious conversation I've had on an airplane took place with a Hindu gentleman named Krishnamurti Sridhar, who turned out to be a concert and recording artist widely acclaimed as the world's leading master of the sarod, a musical instrument from India. The sarod is a wickedly difficult teakwood instrument that incorporates 25 finely tuned metal strings that are plucked with the right hand while pressing them against a fretless metal fingerboard with the fingernails of the left hand.

It hurts just to think about it, but the sound is soothing and ethereal.

Sridhar also speaks with the conviction of a guru as he performs concerts and offers lectures on religious subjects around the world. I caught him last April between Chapel Hill and New York, on a connector flight going through Cincinnati.

My first hint of Sridhar's religious training came as we prepared for takeoff: he slipped out of his sandals, pulled his feet into a lotus position (try that in your typical airline seat) and began to meditate.

He held his position until we were well aloft, then turned to me with a big smile and initiated an engaging conversation. He spoke of his belief that all human spirits are part of a greater unity bound up in the divine. Music, he said, is like a universal language that helps to draw people together and make them one.

Sridhar was not the least perturbed when I shared my traditional Christian belief that people come to God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. He knows more about Christianity than many Christians.

His view, not unusual these days, is that differing religions simply offer alternate paths to the same eternal reality, and that successive reincarnations offer multiple opportunities to attain greater harmony with the divine.

He told me something about his religious training in his homeland of India. It involved many years of monastic living in a cave as he learned discipline, mastered his musical instrument and learned from his spiritual guru, he said.

And he smiled.

With every sentence, every word, he smiled with confidence and peace.

I suspect there were many Christians on the plane that day, but no one seemed as joyful and serene as my Hindu neighbor.

I was not converted through our conversation (nor was he), but I was impressed. The encounter led me to wonder if my own witness was even half as grounded and enthusiastic as that of my new friend with the contagious smile and the incredible, flexible legs.

At work and at play, at home and at church, in the office and on vacation, even at Baptist meetings, we have many opportunities to leave an impression with others.

It's worth the effort of stepping outside of ourselves to ask what kind of picture is housed within our frame: is it positive or negative, hopeful or gloomy, irenic or irate?

Though we believe our understanding of religious reality is the true path to peace and joy, our witness will ring hollow if those attributes are not written boldly in our lives.

One thing remains true, whether sitting on an airplane or standing in line at the grocery store: we get only one chance to make a first impression.

Can we make it with a smile?

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11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments



New 'True Love Waits" pledge made for families

November 8 2002 by Polly House , Baptist Press

New 'True Love Waits" pledge made for families | Friday, Nov 8, 2002
  • Directions for conducting meetings with parents to help prepare them to lead their families in living a life of purity.
  • Instructions that will help parents conduct a study in their homes on living a life of purity.
  • Information and tools for working with students who have no support from their families.
  • Ideas on how to involve other significant adults in the lives of students for encouragement and accountability.
  • Tools to help student leaders conduct an emphasis in the local church
  • Plans for worship experiences.

    Also in October, LifeWay will publish Living Pure Inside Out, a study for students that can be used by families.

    An international display will be developed for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Hester said. "This [international display] will amplify the voices of the Christian students who are standing for purity - either by being physically present in Athens or by being represented there by their pledge card. It's our prayer that as the world's attention is focused on Athens for the Olympic Games people will become aware of the hundreds of thousands of youth who have made decisions to protect themselves physically and spiritually by living a life of purity."

  • Friday, Nov 8, 2002

    New 'True Love Waits" pledge made for families

    By Polly House Baptist Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - "True Love Waits Goes Home" is the new theme for the sexual purity emphasis for students sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    The sexual abstinence campaign, 'True Love Waits,' was developed nearly 10 years ago with the purpose of challenging students to make a pledge of abstinence until their wedding day.

    The new theme is about taking the commitment into the home and getting involvement from the entire family, said Jimmy Hester, senior director in LifeWay's student ministry publishing. He said, "For the past 10 years, students have used True Love Waits to sound a clarion call that it is time to turn away from years of sexual revolution."

    The True Love Waits commitment has been reworded to broaden the scope of the commitment.

    The new pledge now states: "Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to a lifetime of purity including sexual abstinence from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship."

    According to Hester the reworded pledge emphasizes "the work of God through His people as families are challenged to be pure and to model what it means to live godly lives."

    "Students and families go hand in hand," he said, noting the importance for "families to commit to living a life of purity together."

    February 2003 is designated as "True Love Waits Month" on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar. Churches will be encouraged to provide opportunities for parents and students to study, pray and make commitments to purity.

    "For the first time since the beginning of the campaign, parents will be invited to make a promise to sexual fidelity and purity," Hester said. "We know that in many families, the issue of purity is not just a teen issue. With the proliferation of pornography and divorce, purity has become an issue for a lot of parents."

    The parent's commitment states: "Believing that true love is pure, I join (insert student's name) in committing to a lifestyle of purity. I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, and my community of faith to abstain from pornography, impure touching and conversations, and sex outside a biblical marriage relationship from this day forward."

    LifeWay will release a new True Love Waits Goes Home Manual for youth ministers, volunteer leaders, families and other student leaders.

    "The manual will direct churches and student organizations to help families connect or reconnect with God and to understand and live his principles in their lives," Hester said.

    Tools in the manual include:

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    11/8/2002 12:00:00 AM by Polly House , Baptist Press | with 0 comments



    A Biblical Recorder 'star search'

    October 31 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

    A Biblical Recorder 'star search' | Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    A Biblical Recorder 'star search'

    By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

    Television has introduced a variety of "star search" programs through the years, seeking to discover undeveloped talent and create new media stars.

    Does the world really need more "celebrities" whose only real claim to fame is being famous?

    Colleges and universities also conduct talent searches, often by inviting promising students to attend special seminars or classes. The schools thus hope to recruit the brightest and the best for their degree programs and research departments.

    I can respect programs like that - those would-be researchers will probably live their lives in relative obscurity, but may also make significant contributions to the world through developments in science, technology or human understanding.

    The Biblical Recorder is embarking on a star search, not to identify people with potential, but as a way of recognizing people who have already made an important difference, or are contributing now.

    There are many ways to bless the world, and we can't recognize all of them - but we're looking for folks to help us identify two particular groups of people who deserve recognition but are rarely recognized for their efforts.

    First, we'd like to identify some of North Carolina's most committed mission volunteers. Do you know people who have unselfishly devoted themselves to volunteer missions over an extended period of time? Someone who gives annual vacation time to missions, perhaps, or someone who thinks of "retirement" as an appointment to the mission field? Do you know someone who may not have the ability or opportunity to travel, but who has tirelessly promoted missions giving or missions education?

    We also want to identify some of the good people who have supported and promoted the Biblical Recorder through the years. Every now and then I learn of someone who has read the Recorder faithfully for 80 years, or who has demonstrated faithful and persuasive vitality as a Biblical Recorder representative for his or her church or association, sometimes for decades.

    We know there are many avid supporters of the Biblical Recorder, but we don't know who many of them are.

    Folks who give of themselves for the cause of proclaiming the gospel through missions, and those who support the responsible reporting of Baptist news through the Biblical Recorder deserve our appreciation.

    We're planning a series of articles for 2003 that will highlight some of these special individuals, but we need your help in identifying them.

    We encourage our readers to tell us about people you know who deserve some recognition. Who would you recommend as "Missions Volunteer of the Year," or "Biblical Recorder Supporter of the Year"? And why?

    Please send your letters to me at P. O. Box 18808, Raleigh, N.C. 27619-8808, or send e-mails to: editor@biblicalrecorder.org. Or, visit our booth at the convention in Winston-Salem and fill out a nomination form there. Please include an address and phone number for the person you are recommending, and tell us why you think they are so special.

    We are confident there is a whole galaxy of uncharted stars shining throughout our state, and we'd like to help put them on the map as shining examples to all.

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    10/31/2002 11:00:00 PM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments



    Tips for sleepy Sundays

    October 31 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

    Tips for sleepy Sundays | Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Tips for sleepy Sundays

    By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

    When I was a young pastor still testing my homiletical wings, a good friend offered free sermon ratings each Sunday morning.

    As he exited the sanctuary, Johnny Brown would usually say something like "That was about an eight." There was an occasional nine, and every now and then he'd shake his head, sleepy-eyed, and quietly confide, "Bubba, I can't give that one more than four."

    I'm sure Johnny is not alone in rating the preacher's performance on Sunday mornings - or in dozing off when the fare proves less than scintillating.

    Unfortunately, pastors are unequally gifted at public speaking and have differing levels of access to training and education.

    Most preachers I know work hard at preparing their sermons, and I don't believe God would call someone to ministry through whom He could not speak.

    But, there are always those Sundays that come after a week in which sickness or funerals or administrative trials have robbed the pastor of preparation time.

    Some are tempted to lean on another preacher's sermon that they have read but not made their own. Others may plod ahead with a text they haven't sufficiently studied, or pull out an old outline whose content remains fuzzy.

    And some of those sermons turn out to be, shall we say, real snoozers.

    Monarch Books recently sent me a review copy of a little book called "101 Things to Do During a Dull Sermon."

    It was good for a laugh, but most of the ideas were either lame or impractical. I don't know anyone old enough to read the book, for example, who would try tip 42, which involves trying to crawl under all the pews without getting caught.

    The best idea I saw was number 7, which suggested forming as many words as possible from the letters in Methuselah.

    I have what I believe is a better suggestion.

    If there are cobwebs on the pulpit one Sunday, and you can't get a handle on the message, try praying for the preacher. Ask the Lord to grant clarity of thought and the right words to say. Ask for the grace of more preparation time in the coming week. And ask God to speak to you, even if the sermon-in-progress does not.

    Time spent in prayer is never wasted.

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    10/31/2002 11:00:00 PM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments



    Brunswick limits funds for new work with CBF ties

    October 31 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

    Brunswick limits funds for new work with CBF ties | Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Brunswick limits funds for new work with CBF ties

    By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

    A N.C. Baptist association has voted to limit funding for a planned church if it affiliates with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF).

    The move by Brunswick Baptist Association marks the third time this year that a N.C. Baptist association has made it more difficult for a new CBF church to get off the ground.

    The motion by the Brunswick Association limits funding for a church being formed in the northern part of Brunswick County to 10 percent of more than $75,000 set aside for the project unless the church affiliates with only the association, the Baptist State Convention (BSC), and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The motion specifically says that the church cannot get more than 10 percent of the money if it affiliates with CBF or Mainstream Baptists.

    The motion also said only 10 percent of the money can be used until a demographic study of the area is completed. After the study is done, an associational committee "will gain a consensus of the Brunswick Baptist Association pastors as to the direction of said project," according to the motion.

    The motion passed 48-36 by a show of hands at the association's annual meeting Oct. 25, said Sam Murphy, the association director of missions.

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church in Supply, Southport Baptist Church in Southport and two churches in Wilmington, First Baptist Church and Winter Park Baptist Church, have been working on plans for the new church for about a year.

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church openly supports CBF, said David Stratton, its pastor. Southport Baptist Church allows its members to designate funding for CBF, said Wayne Adkisson, pastor of the church. The two Wilmington churches also support CBF.

    Adkisson, who moderated the associational meeting as vice moderator and was later elected moderator, said the new church could miss out on about $140,000 in funding from the association and the BSC because of the decision. BSC officials have indicated that the association must support the new church in order to receive BSC funding, he said.

    A cooperative agreement between the association and the BSC is required to receive BSC money, Stratton said.

    "My guess is we'd be ineligible for state funding," he said. "There's some folks in this association that aren't comfortable working with CBF."

    Murphy said it's too early to say if the new church will get BSC funding.

    Murphy said some in the association might interpret part of the motion as implying that the pastors must sign off on the direction of the new church. Instead, he sees the motion as calling for ongoing reports to the pastors, which he said was already happening.

    Murphy said the key word is "consensus."

    "I see the word 'consensus' as basically an agreement - feedback from the pastors - not an official vote," he said.

    Stratton said the motion seems to give the pastors control over the direction of the new church.

    "I've never heard of pastors getting to be a decision-making body like that in an association," he said.

    Adkisson said the motion doesn't seem to uphold the value of lay people.

    "It's not really clear, but it's implied to me if the pastors say, 'Go ahead,' then they can go ahead, but if they say, 'No,' it's dead in the water," he said.

    Anthony Clemmons, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia, made the motion. He said Murphy's interpretation seemed closer to the discussion at the meeting but referred further questions to Murphy.

    Adkisson said the motion places greater restrictions on the new church than those on existing churches.

    "We thought it was rather sad that existing churches would not be able to start a church somewhat as a template of the partnering churches," he said.

    Adkisson said supporters of the new church had indicated that the church would likely be dually aligned with CBF and the BSC.

    "We wanted to build a church built on traditional Baptist heritage and beliefs," he said. "All they heard was CBF."

    Adkisson said new work supporters had been told they will receive funding from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina but haven't been told how much.

    Stratton and Adkisson said it's too early to say if their churches will continue to support the new work. Adkisson said it's possible that the church would be started without support from the association.

    Representatives from the four sponsoring churches plan to meet Nov. 7 to discuss the issue, Adkisson said.

    Jim Everette, associate pastor at Wilmington First Baptist Church, said the group will explore its options.

    "I think there's a big need for a new church in the northern part of Brunswick County," he said. "My hope is we would be able to get the church started with or without the blessing of a majority of the Brunswick Baptist Association."

    The new church would be located about five miles from Wilmington, just across the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County.

    Wilmington First Baptist Church and Winter Park Baptist Church are both part of the Wilmington Baptist Association. BSC funding through the Wilmington Baptist Association appears unlikely since the BSC has given local associations heavy influence over BSC funding for churches in their areas.

    Earlier this year, the Carolina Baptist Association in effect vetoed BSC funding for a CBF church in Hendersonville that became a member of the United Baptist Association.

    In another vote, the Buncombe Baptist Association adopted a report at its October meeting that lessens the chances of association support for a CBF church.

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    10/31/2002 11:00:00 PM by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor | with 0 comments



    Pioneer Christian educator dies

    October 31 2002 by Bob Allen , Associated Baptist Press

    Pioneer Christian educator dies | Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Friday, Nov 1, 2002

    Pioneer Christian educator dies

    By Bob Allen Associated Baptist Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Findley Edge, 86, a pioneer in Southern Baptist religious education, died Oct. 28 in Orlando, Fla.

    Edge began a 35-year career at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1947, teaching courses in religious education in an era when the demand for professionally trained educators in Baptist churches and institutions was beginning to rise.

    A popular author in Christian education circles, Edge advocated church renewal and involving laity in ministry in numerous books.

    His 1971 book, The Greening of the Church, contained the oft-quoted phrase: "The call to salvation and the call to ministry is one and the same call. That is, when one is called by God to be a part of his people, he/she is also called into the ministry."

    Another bestseller, A Quest for Vitality in Religion, in 1963, offered suggestions for reviving churches from the clutches of "institutionalism" and making church membership more meaningful.

    His 1956 Teaching for Results is described as a classic resource for ministers of education and Sunday school teachers. Edge said any Bible teacher's success lies in his or her ability to establish and achieve goals.

    In The Doctrine of the Laity in 1985, Edge contended that Baptists' notion of the priesthood of the believer places primary responsibility for ministry on the laity and not clergy. "A lay person cannot pay someone else to fulfill his or her ministry to God. God has called his people to ministry, and the ministry belongs to the laity whether they know it or not, and the ministry belongs to the laity whether they fulfill it or not."

    Edge had lived in Orlando where he and his wife, Louvenia, were members of College Park Baptist Church. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida honored the couple by naming an award after them to honor outstanding service in a local church. Another Baptist institution, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, also honored Edge by naming an endowed professorship after him.

    Edge was a graduate of Stetson University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Yale University. He was instrumental in establishing the Vineyard Conference Center at Southern Seminary.

    He is survived by his widow, two sons and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at College Park Baptist Church.

    Eddie Hammett, author and leadership consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, was chosen to help conduct Edge's funeral. "I lost a dear friend, honored colleague, and spiritual and professional mentor," he said.

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    10/31/2002 11:00:00 PM by Bob Allen , Associated Baptist Press | with 0 comments



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