June 2003


Articles By
David R. Currie,
Executive Director

Cancer Loses Every Time, Part 1

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”
—The First Amendment
On July 11-12, 2003, Texas Baptists will gather to focus on the theme, “Texas Baptists Committed to Religious Freedom” our annual TBC convocation in San Antonio, Texas.
Justice, freedom and security all exist within a context.
In my opinion, making separation of church and state a major emphasis of Texas Baptists Committed in 2003 is a timely and appropriate measure.
Recent articles in the Baptist Standard have reported the actions of Jerry Rankin and the IMB trustees who have terminated IMB missionaries because of their refusal to sign an affirmation of the BF&M.
It is with a heavy heart that we write these words, because we are sorely pressed to be able to “live at peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18), and at the same time be true to our conscience.
John Wesley said that the reason for the need of the Protestant Reformation can be laid at the feet of the merger of church and state.
A Word to My Congregation
By Mike Chancellor
May 1, 2003, I began my 11th year as pastor of Crescent Heights. It has been a busy time and lots of change for all of us.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (ABP) — Thirteen Southern Baptist Convention missionaries, who collectively have served on the foreign mission field more than 150 years, were fired May 7 because they refused to sign an affirmation of the 2000 “Baptist Faith and Message.”
The Best Future for Christians
By Michael R. Chancellor
Wedding church and state at any point always produces an abusive marriage.
Local Churches On Mission
By Phil Lineberger
The November 2002 Missions Fair at Williams Trace Baptist Church featured fourteen of the church’s different mission projects.
What do Easter eggs, gasoline, and children’s storybooks have in common?

How a thing is done makes a difference. It makes as much a difference as the thing itself.

Religious Freedom
By Walter Shurden
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM is the historic Baptist affirmation of freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and freedom FROM religion, insisting that Caesar is not Christ and Christ is not Caesar.



“As Texans and US citizens, we are blessed
with freedom and, on behalf of many around
the world, we are stewards of the freedom
we have been given.
1 Peter 2 speaks to us. Our freedom is
precious; it is not to be squandered.
Do not let your freedom be a license
for your lower nature. Live as
servants of God.
—1 Peter 2:16"
—Suzii Paynter

“Our heritage of religious liberty and churchstate
separation must be reaffirmed. The
increasing religious pluralism in our country
beckons us to turn this heritage into a legacy.”
—Religious Liberty in the 21st Century

Quotable Quotes

Mark Your Calendar!

June 22-24
Hispanic Convention, San Antonio

June 26-28
CBF General Assembly, Charlotte, NC

July 9-12
11th African American Fellowship
Conference, Houston

July 11-12 Texas Baptists Committed Convocation,
San Antonio

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