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Advancing Christian Commitment on College Campuses

A discipleship initiative recently launched by Southern Baptists already is capturing the attention of college students across the country, generating hopeful comparisons to successful Christian movements such as True Love Waits and Promise Keepers.

Students at campuses as diverse as Mississippi State University in Starkville and Washington State University in Pullman are getting involved in CrossSeekers. Introduced in August by the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board's national student ministry (NSM) and later endorsed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the initiative has three components:

1) a grassroots discipleship emphasis built around a six-point covenant;

2) a series of discipleship events;

3) the publication of discipleship materials to support students in their spiritual growth.

Student interest to date has centered around the "CrossSeekers covenant" which challenges students to commit to a lifestyle of integrit...

Parents who want to keep their children from becoming immune to violence must take an active role in monitoring their television viewing habits, according to a leader in children's television.

Hedda Sharapan, associate producer of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood television program on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), was a featured speaker at the National Children/ Preschool Seminar in October, sponsored by the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board.

Sharapan quoted recent studies which found only 15 percent of parents guide their three- to eight-year-olds in watching television, and children are watching from three to five hours a day. One California study, she said, found that 43 percent of kindergartners through twelve-year-olds have TVs in their bedrooms.

"This is not a window to the world; it is a story-telling machine," Sharapan said. "And it happens to be telling the same story over and over. And it is no surprise to me tha...