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Being seeker-sensitive does not mean watering down the message," said Rick Warren, pastor of one of the Southern Baptist Convention's largest churches, on the national Bible Answer Man radio program.

"It does not change what you say. It changes how you say it," said Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, Mission Viejo, Calif., which averages nearly 15,000 people in its seeker-sensitive worship services and will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in January 2000.

Warren was interviewed by Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man program, on Oct. 12-13.

Hanegraaff also is president of the Christian Research Institute International, a self-declared "parachurch organization committed to defending historic Christianity against theological heresy." He wrote an article in 1996 challenging the seeker-sensitive approach to church outreach.

Hanegraaff, on the Oct. 12-13 broadcast, said he "lit...

Implementing New Standards and Easing the Burden

New leadership in the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists advanced initiatives in ethics and accountability, and announced the creation of an emergency financial aid fund during their February national congress at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The evangelism offices of the North American Mission Board and New Orleans Seminary cosponsored this year's congress.

Issuing calls for both a code of ethics and a means of accountability during the business session, COSBE President Jerry Drace of Humboldt, Tenn., presented rough drafts for ten "Affirmations of Accountability," for the establishment of a council on accountability, and for a set of guidelines for denominational endorsement.

Calling the ten affirmations "our code of ethics," Drace said the proposed affirmations would affirm "before the Lord and each other" their accountability as vocational evangelists. Seeking integrity in all areas of an evangelist's life, Dr...

The inaugural service for Charles S. Kelley, Jr. as he officially became the eighth president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, was, more than anything else, a time of worship.

"We have come into His house and are gathered in His name to worship Christ the Lord," said C. Ferris Jordan as he welcomed representatives from fellow academic institutions in the Association of Theological Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, seminary trustees, executives from Southern Baptist Convention agencies, Kelley family members and local dignitaries, as well as the faculty, staff, and students of New Orleans Seminary and others.

"This is a time when we reaffirm our commitment to ... the Lord of this school, and when we acknowledge Dr Kelley as the servant leader who is serving under the lordship of Jesus Christ," said Jordan, chairman of the inaugural committee and professor of adult education at NOBTS since 19...

The Peace of God Gets Her through Family's Slaughter

For all those who've ever taught in Vacation Bible School, ending the week utterly fatigued, frazzled and frustrated, this is a story you will want to read.

Lori Trice is now a preacher's wife and the mother of three children in a little bayou town in south Louisiana. She has spoken and sung for women's Bible studies and retreats across the country. Her husband, Brent, is a doctoral student at New Orleans Seminary. But if it hadn't been for a faithful little Vacation Bible School in Lawton, Okla., Trice never would have made it to where she is today.

Born in 1959, Trice was the oldest of two daughters of seemingly perfect parents in a picture-perfect house. Her father, Gene McWilliams, worked at the local newspaper, and her mother worked for the local utility company but went to school at night dreaming of one day being a schoolteacher so she could spend the summers with her daughters.

"Inside that house," Trice said, "...