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Crossover en español
--By James Dotson
     ATLANTA (BP)--Mas de 1400 profesiones de fe fueron reportadas hasta la fecha de junio 13 resultando de "Crossover" Metro Atlanta (i.e. "Cruz Sobre" Metro Atlanta), lo cual es el esfuerzo anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur para impactar con el evangelio de Jesucristo a la ciudad ahuspiciadora de la convención.
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'Declare war on divorce,' Rainey challenges SBC
--By Norman Miller
     ATLANTA, June 16--America is in trouble in large measure because its families are in "trouble -- serious trouble," said the man who spearheaded a full-page ad in USA Today last year of 131 evangelical leaders commending the Southern Baptist Convention's statement on the family.
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Even follow-up visits yield decisions in Crossover Metro Atlanta outreach
--By James Dotson
     ATLANTA, June 17--Jack Smith spent most of his time during Crossover Metro Atlanta coordinating initial follow-up efforts -- a considerable task with 2,849 individuals professing faith in Jesus Christ as of June 18. But on June 14 he realized he was short on volunteers, so he and fellow witness Ed Pope went to make some visits personally.
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BWA's Lotz: Serbian Baptists suffering from war in Kosovo
--By Doy Cave
     ATLANTA , June 17--Baptists in Serbia are suffering for their faith in what the Serbian public perceives as a "Baptist war" in Kosovo, Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz said June 16.
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Ministers' wives challenged to look into the face of God
--By Nedra Kanavel
     ATLANTA, June 17--"When is the last time you looked into the face of God and listened?" Jill Briscoe asked a capacity audience of 1,000 attending the 44th annual Southern Baptist Ministers' Wives Conference and Luncheon June 15 in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.
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Seminary presidents say thanks, pledge innovations in ministry
     ATLANTA, June 17--Expressing deep gratitude to Southern Baptists, presidents of the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries pledged to continue grounding students in biblical truth while equipping them for innovative ministry in the future.
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MOTIONS WRAP-UP Among 38 motions at SBC,2 voted on by messengers
--By Karen L. Willoughby
     ATLANTA, June 17--"You folks were in a motion-making mood this afternoon. You surely were," Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention. In all, 38 motions were brought to the convention floor at Atlanta's Georgia Dome during the June 15-16 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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RESOLUTIONS WRAP-UP Southern Baptists speak their mind on
school violence, other issues

--By Dwayne Hastings
     ATLANTA, June 17--It was evident the rash of recent school shootings was on the minds of Southern Baptist Convention messengers during their 142nd annual meeting as they gave overwhelming approval June 16 to resolutions on school violence and the effect of violence in the media on young people.
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SBC WRAP-UP SBC to bolster Cooperative Program, city outreach;
Clinton again an issue

--By Art Toalston & James Dotson

     ATLANTA (BP)--Southern Baptists began intensified efforts to strengthen their unified muscle -- the Cooperative Program -- and to use it in an invigorated way to reach people who have not heard the gospel not only abroad but also in the nation's mega-cities, as they met June 15-16 in Atlanta.
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Southern Baptists challenged to evangelize world's cities
--By Louis Moore
     ATLANTA, June 17--Southern Baptists must deliver the message of salvation to the teeming masses living in the major cities in every part of the world, International Mission Board leaders told the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention June 16.
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WMU ministries highlighted in O'Brien's final report to SBC
--By Teresa Dickens
     ATLANTA, June 17 --Woman's Missionary Union Executive Director Dellanna O'Brien emphasized the involvement of the organization's ministries during her last report before the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16 in the Georgia Dome.
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Golden Gate expands influence, administrators tell alumni
     ATLANTA, June 16--Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is expanding its sphere of influence through the development of new programs and growth at the school's regional campuses, seminary officials told participants at the annual luncheon for alumni and friends meeting June 16 during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta.
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Hemphill says cutting edge can mean returning to basics
--By Matt Sanders
     ATLANTA, June 16--Staying on the cutting edge of ministry can mean returning to basic ideas like building relationships among students and faculty, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Kenneth S. Hemphill said at the Fort Worth, Texas, school's national alumni luncheon in Atlanta June 16.
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Kelley outlines future plans for New Orleans Seminary
--By Doy Cave & Debbie Moore
     ATLANTA, June 16--With 70 percent of Southern Baptist churches plateaued or declining and almost 10,000 Southern Baptist churches failing to report a single baptism in 1998, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley said seminary leaders made three fundamental decisions this year.
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Southeastern Seminary enrollment approaches 2,000, Patterson says
--By Lee Weeks
     ATLANTA, June 16--Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is on course to reach the 2,000 enrollment mark by the year 2000, Southeastern President Paige Patterson announced during the seminary's annual National Alumni and Friends Luncheon June 16 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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Mohler shares vision, $70 million expansion plan at seminary luncheon
--By Bryan Cribb
     ATLANTA, June 16--Addressing more than 460 alumni, seminary friends, faculty and students, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. shared his vision for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, including an ambitious 10-year, $70 million building and renovation plan. "This is a remarkable time in the life of this institution," said Mohler, who gave his remarks at the June 16 Southern Seminary luncheon held in conjunction with the 1999 Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta.
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Midwestern Seminary presents awards to campus minister, director of missions
--By Joni B. Hannigan
     ATLANTA, June 16--Weathering a tough "battle for the Bible," Bob Anderson did not give up on his denomination. Honored at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's National Alumni Association annual luncheon June 16 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Bob Anderson, who earned a master of divinity degree from MBTS in 1986, received the 1999 Alumni of the Year award.
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To reach cities for Christ, begin with teens: Strack
--By Tony Imms
    ATLANTA, June 16 -- Reaching the cities for Christ must in large part be focused on America's teenagers, Jay Strack told messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16 in Atlanta.
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SBC resolution rebukes Clinton for 'gay pride' proclamation
--By Tom Strode
    ATLANTA, June 16--A resolution rebuking President Clinton, a fellow Southern Baptist church member, for issuing a historic proclamation designating a "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" was adopted by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 16 in Atlanta.
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Porter, Yeats re-elected to SBC secretary posts
--By Don Hinkle
    ATLANTA, June 16--Lee Porter and John Yeats, were re-elected as registration and recording secretaries, respectively, of the Southern Baptist Convention June 16.
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Messengers commit to make homes neighborhood 'Lighthouses of Prayer'
--By James Dotson
    ATLANTA, June 16--More than 1,350 Southern Baptists agreed to make their homes "Lighthouses of Prayer" June 14 -- a commitment that includes praying for, caring for and sharing Christ with a total of more than 27,000 families in their respective neighborhoods.
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Hawkins urges messengers to help annuitants in need
--By Jerilynn Armstrong
    ATLANTA, June 16--Annuity Board President O.S. Hawkins challenged Southern Baptist churches in his June 16 report to adopt an annuitant in need, while challenging ministers to take responsibility for themselves and their families with adequate retirement and insurance planning.
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Bone-weary witness helps traveler find a new life in 'this Jesus man'
--By Fletcher Allen
    ATLANTA, June 16--Bone weary, John Yarbrough      was on a flight back to Atlanta, looking forward to some rest. The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board's vice president for evangelism admitted he even prayed that God would not send a seeker to sit beside him.
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Southern Baptist evangelists approve 10-point code of ethics
--By Joni B. Hannigan
    ATLANTA, June 15--The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, in a historic vote June 15, tightened their resolve to stand up to scrutiny by approving an official code of ethics and establishing a council of accountability.
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SBC chaplains share testimonies, celebrate calling in June 14 session
--By Fletcher Allen
    ATLANTA, June 15--Southern Baptist chaplains with diverse assignments met June 14 to testify to their calling and share their experiences in a session at White Oak Hills Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga.
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Preaching, church discipline addressed at Founders breakfast
--By Tim Ellsworth
    ATLANTA, June 15--Southern Baptists must recover the practices of biblical preaching and church discipline if they are to flourish in the years ahead, two speakers said at the Founders Fellowship Breakfast June 15.
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Muslims need to be evangelized rather than feared, students told
--By Victor Lee
    ATLANTA, June 15--Rather than fearing Islam, Christians need to take the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those of the Islamic faith.
    That was the message to approximately 200 Southern Baptist seminary and college students during "The Cross and The Crescent -- Witnessing to Muslims in North America," a seminary workshop sponsored by the North American Mission Board's interfaith evangelism office June 10-12.
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Messengers defeat motion for straw poll on SBC name
--By Keith Hinson
    ATLANTA, June 16--After two Southern Baptist Convention messengers proposed new names for the SBC, messengers declined June 15 to take a straw poll on whether they favor a name change.
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Messianic association members express optimism about future
--By Joni B. Hannigan
     ATLANTA, June 15--Calling Jewish people "grossly overlooked" in the past by Southern Baptists, Jack Johnson said all that is changing with "new paradigms" put in place by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Messengers agree to study Baptist Faith and Message
--By Keith Hinson
    ATLANTA, June 16--In a 54-46 percent vote, Southern Baptist Convention messengers approved a motion calling for the appointment of a committee to study its Baptist Faith and Message statement and bring a report to the 2000 convention meeting in Orlando, Fla.
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Jerry Spencer elected SBC 2nd vice president
--By Don Hinkle
   ATLANTA, June 15--Jerry Spencer, pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Dothan, Ala., was elected second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15. He defeated Paul Russell, pastor of Sunridge Baptist Church, Seabring, Fla., by a vote of 1,817 (52%) to 1,706 (48%).
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Frontliners youth participation doubles for second summer
--By Doy Cave
  ATLANTA, June 15--For the second year in a row, the Frontliners evangelistic program for youth is reporting twice as many teens involved than the year before.
    And each new participant represents more individuals who will hear the gospel of Christ.
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Directors of missions focus on millennial leadership skills
--By Russ Dilday
    ATLANTA, June 14--The national conference for associational directors of missions and staff members focused on leadership skills and elected a slate of 1999-2000 officers during the group's 38th annual meeting, June 13-14 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.
    Approximately 160 members of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions attended the meeting, with the theme, "Leading Your Association Into a New Century."
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WMU grants votes to 5 new-work areas
--By Karen L. Willoughby
    ATLANTA, June 15--Woman's Missionary Union voted during its June 13-14 annual meeting to include all members of its executive board in votes on matters that come before the agency.
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WMU celebrates O'Brien's tenure, offers training, revises bylaws
--By Karen L. Willoughby
    ATLANTA, June 15--A celebration of the contributions of Dellanna O'Brien, more than 100 training conferences and a major bylaws revision were key parts of the 1999 Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting, June 13-14 at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
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WMU board hears search update, approves goals, site of 2003 NAC
--By Teresa Dickens
    ATLANTA, June 15--The Woman's Missionary Union executive board heard a report from its executive director search committee and approved goals for Southern Baptists' two national missions offerings and the site of the next National Acteens Convention during its semiannual meeting June 12.
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Southern Baptists launch celebration of Cooperative Program's 75th year
--By Ferrell Foster
    ATLANTA, June 15--The Southern Baptist Convention launched the celebration of its Cooperative Program's 75th anniversary June 15 with a reminder from Morris Chapman that the financial giving plan is "all about souls."
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Southern Baptists affirm alcohol, drug abstinence
--By Dwayne Hastings
    ATLANTA, June 15--Southern Baptists expressed overwhelming support for a lifestyle of abstinence from alcohol and other drugs by approving the report of a drug task force June 15 during their annual meeting in Atlanta.
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SBC Executive Committee rejects amendment to name change stance
--By Norman Miller
    ATLANTA June 15, 1999--The Southern Baptist Executive Committee met June 14 to consider the adoption of its 72nd annual report prior to the SBC annual meeting, June 15-16 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
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Resources must transform lives, LifeWay's President Draper says
--By Tony Imms

    ATLANTA, June 15--The mission of LifeWay Christian Resources must be to transform lives, President James T. Draper Jr. said during his June 15 report to Southern Baptist Convention messengers.
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Rankin: 21st century opportunities abound for reaching the lost world
--By Louis Moore
    ATLANTA, June 15--With the dawn of the 21st century, Christians have the greatest opportunity ever to advance the message of Jesus Christ throughout the entire world, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin told the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in Atlanta June 14.
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Patterson calls on Southern Baptists to evangelize nation's mega-cities
--By Lee Weeks
    ATLANTA, June 15--Declaring that while the battle among Southern Baptists for the inerrancy of the Bible has been won, Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson called on churches to practice what they preach by evangelizing the nation's mega-cities.
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Pastors' Conference speakers urge sticking with ministry
--By Keith Hinson, with reporting by Doy Cave, Don Hinkle & Norman Miller
    ATLANTA, June 15--Despite the constant pressures they face, pastors should stick with ministry and refuse to quit, speakers declared at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, June 13-14 in the Georgia Dome.
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Paige Patterson re-elected SBC president by acclamation
--By Tammi Ledbetter
    ATLANTA, June 15--Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson was re-elected by acclamation during the June 15 afternoon convention session in Atlanta.
    Nominated by evangelist Junior Hill, a member of West Mead Baptist Church, Decatur, Ala., the 56-year-old president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., was recommended as a man "who has the passion to make the main thing" of evangelism "the main thing."
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Let's learn to love everybody,' Patterson says in news conference
--By Tammi Ledbetter & Norman Miller
    ATLANTA, June 15--Believing that "every single human being in the world responds to love at some point," Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson drove home his vision for taking the gospel message to the inner cities of America during a news conference June 15 following his re-election by acclamation.
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Houston jailhouse conversion propels missionary to Kenya
--By Louis Moore
     ATLANTA, June 15--His teenage years were filled with drugs, drug dealing, alcohol, expulsion from college and jail -- activities not usually associated with a missionary.
     Yet today Troy Haas is a symbol of the new breed of young missionaries willing to go anywhere and present the gospel in whatever way it takes.
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God's Word is for desperate, lonely people, couple tells Southern Baptist messengers
--By Tony Imms
    ATLANTA, June 15--Duane and Iris Blue -- people who have experienced loneliness, desperation and hurt -- encouraged messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15 in Atlanta to reach the cities for Christ.
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Georgia pastor elected SBC first vice president
--Norman Miller
    ATLANTA, June 15--Frank Cox, senior pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, was elected by acclamation as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15.
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'Gay Pride' banners flying as SBC meets in Atlanta
--By Don Hinkle
    ATLANTA, June 15, 1999--More than 600 banners proclaiming "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" have been placed on city light poles in Atlanta, providing an odd decor just as the city hosts the 15.7-million-member SBC.
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Margaret Perkins honored by African American Fellowship
--By Joni B. Hannigan & Fletcher Allen
ATLANTA, June 15--Likening Margaret Perkins to a rose that gives off a special fragrance, Joseph Lyles lauded the former Woman's Missionary Union consultant for "blooming" in spite of "special circumstances."
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6 agency heads address SBC Pastors' Conference
--By Don Hinkle
ATLANTA, June 15--A call for a constitutional amendment protecting children's right to pray in public schools and an exhortation for pastors to renounce any hidden sins in their lives were among the messages delivered by six Southern Baptist Convention agency presidents during the 1999 Pastors' Conference, June 13-14, at the Georgia Dome.
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Helping children in crisis takes sensitivity, awareness
--By Tony Imms
ATLANTA, June 14--Making a difference in children's lives requires an understanding of the crises they face, a conference leader told participants in a June 13 session at the Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta.
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SBC volunteers give Atlanta a 'hug' by helping with downtown cleanup
--By James Dotson
ATLANTA, June 14--About 36 Southern Baptist volunteers found yet another way to give the city of Atlanta a "hug" June 14 as part of the five-month Arms Around Atlanta initiative.
They picked up trash, cleaned up graffiti and generally helped make the Fairlie-Poplar historic district in downtown Atlanta a nicer place to work and visit.
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Multicultural Church Network formed to reach America's cities
--By James Dotson
ATLANTA, June 14--The Multicultural Church Network was launched June 14 to advocate and facilitate the development of multicultural churches as a critical strategy for reaching America's cities.
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Collegiate Crossover inspires first-ever Canadian participants
--By Matt Sanders & Doy Cave
ATLANTA, June 14 -- During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Team Canada won just 22 medals.
     Another team of Canadians is back in Atlanta, from June 11-17, working not for medals but for the souls of men, women and children.
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Prayer journeys serve as preparation for Crossover Metro Atlanta events
--By Doy Cave
ATLANTA, June 13--Though the present state of affairs in America would seem to indicate otherwise, statistics say 90 percent of Americans pray.
     With that thought in mind, members of the Southern Baptist Bold Mission Prayer Thrust team have adopted a new "Prayer Journeys" concept that uses prayer while traveling through an area to help lead people to Christ.
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Understanding culture, language called necessary for youth ministry
--By Tony Imms
ATLANTA, June 13--Ministering to today's youth is comparable to being a missionary in a foreign culture, according to the leader of a June 13 conference at the Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
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Evangelists, father of Columbine victim envision revival resulting from tragedy
--By Doy Cave and Matt Sanders
ATLANTA, June 13--The call for revival in America reverberated throughout Centennial Olympic Park June 13 as evangelists and the father of Columbine High shooting victim Rachel Scott challenged several hundred people gathered for a morning worship service to go to God in "desperate" prayer.
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Atlanta pastor's son dies at Crossover block party
--By Matt Sanders
ATLANTA, June 12--The son of an Atlanta pastor died June 12 while playing basketball at a block party sponsored by his father's church in conjunction with Crossover Atlanta evangelistic efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Advertising saturating Atlanta with message of hope in Christ
--By James Dotson
ATLANTA, June 12--The names are familiar across Atlanta and, in some cases, the nation: Keith Lockhart of the Atlanta Braves; Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and his son, Dan; Christian recording artist Babbie Mason; former gymnast Mary Lou Retton; and architect J.T. Williams.
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1,900-plus decisions recorded during first week of Crossover
--By James Dotson, 9:30 p.m. June 13, with reporting by Ferrell Foster, Doy Cave, Joni Hannigan & Tim Palmer
ATLANTA, June 12--More than 1,900 professions of faith were reported as of late June 13 resulting from Crossover Metro Atlanta, the Southern Baptist Convention's annual effort to impact its convention host city with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Crossover block parties target diverse cultures of metro Atlanta
--By James Dotson
ATLANTA, June 12--Beyond the ubiquitous "moon walk" rides and grilled hot dogs, evangelistic block parties associated with Crossover Metro Atlanta spanned the gamut of the area's social and ethnic diversity.
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Columbine family shares pain, triumph with teens at Centennial Olympic Park
--By Joni Hannigan
ATLANTA, June 12--Hefting a plain wooden cross almost twice his size, 14-year-old Mike Scott stepped in double time to keep up with the other 12 positioned across the front of the stage in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.
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Columbine crosses prompt Baptist youths' reflections
--By Joni Hannigan
ATLANTA, June 12--Squatting for a closer look at the face of Isaiah Shoels, a young boy rubbed his hand gingerly across the weather-beaten photograph attached to a wooden cross.
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Biracial makeup of witnessing team opens doors during Crossover effort
--By Ferrell Foster
CLARKSTON, Ga., June 12--Tegga Lendado is black. Jerry Atkins is white. Together, they went door to door in the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston June 12, conducting a survey of spiritual needs and beliefs and telling people about their Savior.
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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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