September 2002


Beyond the Wilderness
From a speech presented at a MBN Banquet, Ft. Worth, Texas—June 26, 2002
By Dr. Cecil Sherman
A lot of things have happened. The stars have kind of aligned themselves and there is an opening for our kind of people.
Texas Baptists are considering the creation of a world missions network designed to help churches and missionaries across the United States and around the world.
Ethics East of Eden
By Foy Valentine
When Cain killed Abel, the Genesis account says that on leaving Eden, he “went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden” (Genesis 4:16).

Dear Colleagues: I am writing to express appreciation for your understanding and overwhelming response to my request to affirm the current Baptist Faith and Message.

Greetings from Amarillo. Summer seems to have sailed by faster than usual. Vacations have been enjoyed. Students are back in the classroom

By Joy Heaton
Thank you for raising me. Yes, you helped to raise me.
In a move both designed to be effective and inclusive, Texas Baptists will soon be launching a new missions emphasis that is local church driven and fair to all the many perspectives of Texas Baptist churches and individuals.
Texas Baptist leaders are proposing creation of a world missions network to help churches and individuals sponsor missionary work across the United States and around the world.
The theological spin now being offered by Southern Baptist spokesmen is not based on conservative interpretation of Scripture, but is a product of the creative, inventive theology inherent in fundamentalism.


Remember 9/11

This issue of the TBC publication should reach our readers just after the oneyear anniversary of the tragedy of September 11. The anniversary was a very emotional day for me. A day of reflection on the many incredible stories of survival and remembrances of loved ones lost.

I hope you had time to attend a memorial service in your city or spend time in a moment of silence and prayer. What an opportunity we have to share God’s love to the many confused and hurting individuals as a result of September 11. We must all remember that God is ever present. We are not alone and God always hears the cries of His people. – Vicky


Scenes from local memorial remembrances in San Angelo Remember 9/11

America land of freedom—may God continue to bless us.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NIV)


A New Kit for Your Church’s History

Baylor President Robert Sloan to speak at TBC Breakfast

Letter from Rankin to David Currie




Mark Your Calendar!

Baptist General Convention of Texas
Annual Meeting
November 11–12, 2002
Waco, Texas

The 117th annual convention will meet November 11-12, 2002, in the Ferrell Special Events Center, 1900 South University Parks Drive, Waco.

The Convention will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11 and adjourn at the close of Tuesday night’s session.

Tuesday afternoon will be devoted to annual meetings of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas and
Texas Baptist Men.

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