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SBC's return to Atlanta prompts plan for historic civil rights tour
By Dwayne Hastings
ATLANTA (BP)--Although messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention voted last year to limit the annual meeting to two days, Richard Land hopes messengers and their families stay an extra day this year.
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Live Internet 'webcast' planned of SBC meeting, pastors' conference
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--A live Internet "webcast" is planned for the complete June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting and the pre-convention Pastors' Conference, marking the first time full convention proceedings have been available across the globe.
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SBC messengers, guests asked to 'Hug' Atlanta with food
By Diane Reasoner
ATLANTA (BP)--Georgia Baptists in Atlanta have been involved in "hugging" their city for Christ.
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NAMB Vision Center to debut during SBC's annual meeting
By James Dotson
The experience begins with a walk through inner-city Baltimore, circa 1880 -- the mission field of pioneer missions advocate Annie Armstrong. Then the scene fast-forwards to a modern-day slum -- a decaying neighborhood complete with abandoned storefronts, a police helicopter hovering overhead and open windows of homes bearing testimony to families in crisis.
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Exhibit hall to underscore SBC missions & ministries
By Art Toalston
To call it an exhibit hall likely won't do justice to the learning opportunities it will offer during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.The exhibit hall's features will range from a firsthand introduction to the upcoming 75th anniversary of the convention's Cooperative Program to a missions-oriented chance to hit a virtual baseball, to meet a range of missionaries or even to have one's cholesterol and blood pressure checked.
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SBC Ministers' Wives endowment reduces cost of this year's luncheon
By Debbie Moore
Jill Briscoe will be the featured speaker at this year's Southern Baptist Ministers' Wives Conference at noon Tuesday, June 15, in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Atlanta. Tickets for the 1999 luncheon are significantly reduced in price this year due to achieving the first goal amount for the SBC Ministers' Wives Endowment Fund.
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FAITH Awareness Luncheon planned at '99 SBC meeting
A FAITH Awareness Luncheon, sponsored by the LifeWay Christian Resources' Sunday school group, is planned June 15 during the 1999 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta. Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla., will be the guest speaker.
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Crossover Metro Atlanta to continue tradition of impacting SBC host cities
By James Dotson
One of Southern Baptists' strongest, if recent, traditions surrounding their annual meeting has been Crossover -- a short-term evangelistic blitz allowing convention messengers to lead thousands to faith in Christ during their convention visit. This year, Crossover organizers hope the June 6-19 impact will be stronger than ever -- incorporating time-tested methods such as block parties, door-to-door visits and inner-city evangelism as well as such innovative approaches as a citywide family celebration and youth concert in Centennial Olympic Park.
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American Airlines official boasts of homosexual marketing efforts
By Ken Walker
Despite a past pledge to not back anti-family movements, American Airlines markets to the homosexual community and actively supports pro-homosexual causes.A spokesman for American's gay and lesbian marketing division boasted of the airline's courtship of its homosexual constituency, in the April/May edition of a homosexual TV news program, "In the Life," aired on 120 Public Broadcasting System affiliates.
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Tennessee pastor to be nominated for president of SBC pastors' group
By Herb Hollinger
Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Atlanta in June. Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga., according to an April 13 announcement in Nashville, will nominate Sutton. Hunt was in Nashville to preach revival services at LifeWay Christian Resources. "[Sutton] is a visionary pastor and leader who is a great example for pastors across our convention," Hunt said. "
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Directors of missions' program to explore new-century leadership
By Art Toalston
The theme of this year's annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will be "Leading Your Association into a New Century." The 475-member organization's 38th session will be Sunday and Monday, June 13-14, at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.
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African American Fellowship schedules worship, luncheon
The African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention will meet for worship at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Atlanta's Sandtown Baptist Church.Elroy Barber, pastor of West Side Baptist Church, Hollywood, Fla., and president of the Florida Baptist Convention, will be the featured speaker. Barber also is the African American Fellowship's second vice president.
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NAMB Vision Center to open during SBC
By Lynne Jones
The North American Mission Board will host a grand opening for its new Vision Center on Wednesday, June 16, during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Atlanta. All SBC attendees are invited. The Vision Center is an interactive, multi-media experience that will illustrate the past and future challenges of reaching North America for Christ.
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'Call to Chaplaincy' theme selected for June convocation
The Convocation for Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors, held each year in connection with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, will be Monday, June 14, at White Oak Hills Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga.
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Coppenger to address Midwestern luncheon
Mark Coppenger, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be keynote speaker at the seminary's National Alumni Association meeting at noon Wednesday, June 16, in Room W268 on Level 2 of the Georgia World Congress Center.
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GGBTS to host alumni, friends at annual gathering
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary will host alumni and friends June 16 for the seminary's annual luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Atlanta.
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Mohler address, campus updates to highlight Southern luncheon
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will hold its annual alumni and friends luncheon June 16 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Atlanta. The 12:30 p.m. luncheon will feature an address by Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and will be held on Level 2, in Rooms W264-266, at the World Congress Center.
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NOBTS Alumni & Friends to hear from Chuck Kelley
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Alumni & Friends Reunion will be a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 16, during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta. The full-course dinner, set to begin at noon, will be held at the SBC site in the Georgia World Congress Center, Ballrooms I-II. The building is located at 285 International Blvd. N.W., Atlanta.
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Southwestern alumni luncheon slated June 16 in Atlanta's Omni
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumni will honor five distinguished alumni award recipients and hear a progress report from seminary President Kenneth S. Hemphill during their national alumni luncheon June 16 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.
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Paige Patterson to address alumni at Southeastern's June 16 luncheon
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual National Alumni and Friends Luncheon will be Wednesday, June 16 in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.  The luncheon will begin at noon in Ballrooms 3 and 4.
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BWA general secretary to address 'Window on the World Breakfast'
The Baptist World Alliance's "Window on the World Breakfast" during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta will be Wednesday, June 16, at 7 a.m. BWA General Secretary Denton Lotz will be among the speakers at the annual breakfast, to be held in the Westin Peachtree Plaza's Spanish/Georgian Rooms.
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Messianic conference's focus to be 'congregation building'
"Jewish Language Congregation Building" will be the theme of the North American Messianic Association Pastor Conference/Luncheon at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Atlanta.
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Founders Breakfast to examine 21st-century 'biblical mandates'
Biblical preaching and church discipline will be addressed during the Founders Fellowship Breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the Georgia World Congress Center, Rooms W266-267 on level two.
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SBC Executive Committee, boards, commission, seminary, committee nominees announced
Nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards -- International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and Annuity Board -- the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the six seminaries and the Committee on Order of Business have been selected by the 1999 Committee on Nominations.
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Committee on Committees, resolutions panel appointed
Appointments to two key committees to serve during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, June 15-16, have been announced by SBC President Paige Patterson.
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Calvin Miller, Hawaii pastor headline WMU annual meeting
By Teresa Dickens
Addresses by noted author Calvin Miller and Hawaii pastor Paul Kaneshiro, along with the recognition of retiring WMU Executive Director Dellanna O'Brien, will highlight the June 13-14 Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting.
The yearly gathering of WMU members and guests will be held at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta on Sunday and Monday prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
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Pastors' Conference to remind:'You can make a difference'
By Art Toalston
It's always been "a great worship experience" -- and much more, said Mike Hamlet about the Pastors' Conference preceding each year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
Hamlet, president of this year's Pastors' Conference and 14-year pastor of First Baptist Church, North Spartanburg, S.C., plans to include a focus on "one of the greatest lies of the world today" in this year's program:
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SBC annual meeting in Atlanta moves to Tues.-Wed. format
By Herb Hollinger
An abbreviated two-day session of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, approved by a messenger vote last year, is set for June 15-16 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome with the theme "His Tears ... Our Task!"
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