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Good News Asks Prayer And Offers Good Words For Evangelical Candidates For Bishop In Southeast


From: Bob Rempfer [mailto:Bob@goodnewsmag.org]
On Behalf Of
James V. Heidinger II
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2001 5:48 PM
To: James V. Heidinger II; Steve Beard; Bob Rempfer; Brad Lewallen
Subject:

Dear Friend:

     In less than two weeks, the SEJurisdiction will hold a special, called session for the purpose of electing a bishop. There is presently a vacancy due to the death of Bishop Cornelius Henderson, who was bishop of the Florida Area. This has all happened very rapidly and yet we will be electing another person as bishop for life.

     I want to call your attention to the web site that has the information about the called session and which has photos and information about the candidates. On the web, go to:
www.SEJAC-UMC.org/sej2001/nominees/default.asp

     Let's be praying that the will of God might be done in these elections. I feel close to this one, for obvious reasons. My pastor, Dr. Al Gwinn, has been endorsed by the Kentucky delegation. Al would make a wonderful bishop and has the leadership skills needed for the task. He is solidly evangelical. Also, one of our board members, Rev. Tom Halliburton, called me to tell me that his conference, the Tennessee Annual Conference, endorsed Rev. Jerry Mayo. Tom says that Jerry is also solidly evangelical. The information about all of the candidates is on the web site mentioned above. Let's be praying for this entire process, that the delegates might faithfully discern God's will in the selection of this new bishop. Pray for all of the candidates.

     About the task and character of an overseer, we read, "He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it." (Titus 1:9)

     As you are praying for the folks below as listed in our "Guide to Daily Prayer," which we print and send out to some 15,000 families, you will notice that yesterday, we were praying for Rev. Keith Boyette. He is one of the three new members of the denomination's Judicial Council. He was a senior partner in a law firm before going to seminary to enter the ministry. He is a clergy member of the Virginia Annual Conference and a precious brother in the Lord. Pray for him and the others on the Judicial Council

Be sure to check out the Good News web site. There are several new articles that we want to point out. 

John DiIulio makes a strong case for the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which he now directs.

 Luke Hersche of the Institute on Religion and Democracy attended a recent UM event for "aspiring clergy" and left uninspired and unimpressed.

Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, writes on Duke University's recent decision to allow same-sex unions to be performed in Duke Chapel. 

Go to: www.goodnewsmag.org for these stories and more. 

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