Religion Briefs April 20, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Housing ministry public meeting set
TUPELO – A public meeting to discuss the start of the Fuller Center for Housing ministry in Lee and Pontotoc counties will be held April 28.
The meeting will be from 10 a.m. until noon at the New Providence M.B. Church Life Center at the corner of North Green and Barnes streets in Tupelo.
Fuller Center for Housing is an ecumenical ministry whose goal is build partnerships to improve existing housing for people in need. The ministry’s field director will attend the meeting.
All who would like to participate or receive assistance are invited to attend. For more information, call George Pritchard, Fuller president and director for Lee and Pnototc counties, at (662) 401-4320.

Presbyterian minister to be ordained Sunday
An administrative commission of the Presbytery of St. Andrew will ordain Nicholas Bruce Phillips to the ministry of Teaching Elder AT 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the New Hope Presbyterian Church, Biggersville.
Born in Corinth in 1951, Phillips was raised in Iuka. He is a graduate of Northeast Community College. He also received a B.A., M.A. and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Mississippi and the Master of Divinity (summa cum laude) degree from the Memphis Theological Seminary of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He received the Chalice Press Award for academic excellence at the seminary.
Having practiced law in Iuka for 23 years, Phillips had preciously taught at Northeast, at the University of Mississippi Law School and at the Mississippi College Law School. He was a
federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice in Jackson for five years. He has served the New Hope congregation as Stated Supply and as Commissioned Lay Pastor for the past seven years.
He is married to the former Adrienne Cole of Alexandria, La. They are the parents of Casey Phillips who teaches at the Hernando Hills Elementary School in the Desoto County System.
The public is invited to this Service of Ordination and Installation. The New Hope Presbyterian Church is located on the New Hope Road west of Biggersville.

Land accused of fiery words on Trayvon Martin
Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy ethicist, apologized Monday for failing to give proper attribution for material he used on his live radio show in which he criticized President Obama and black civil rights leaders for exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Land, the president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said, “On occasion I have failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions on my radio broadcast, Richard Land Live!, and for that I sincerely apologize,” in a written statement.
In his radio show, Land described activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as “racial ambulance chasers” who, along with fringe groups like the Black Panthers, are fomenting a “mob mentality” in the Trayvon Martin case that is akin to what the Ku Klux Klan used to do to blacks in the South.
The plagiarism came to light when Baptist blogger and Baylor University Ph.D. student Aaron Weaver posted a partial transcript from one of Land’s shows on his blog, The unattributed remarks were made on Land’s March 31 show about media, race and Trayvon Martin.

Last week’s question and answer:
Q. IN what city did Jesus begin his public ministry?
A. CAPERNAUM (Matthew 4:12-17)
This week’s question:
Q. WHAT was Solomon’s first major enterprise when he became king of Israel?

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