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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Guest preacher aims atprimeChristians Joe McKlsslck of who is devoting full time to a program to mobilize older Christians for more church will be guest speaker Sunday at the Church of 1665 81 The visiting preacher calls his ministry Prime Time and it is aimed at Christians from the age of 50 and The graying of the church can mean the growth of the he People are living longer and retiring earlier and their talents and time should be used to good advantage by the he McKlssick will speak to combined adult classes at 9 in the auditorium and address the worship assembly at 10 On he will be guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Sunny a covered dish dinner in the church fellowship hall at 6 At 61 years of McKlsslck has a distinguished background as a mis sionary to South Africa and Canada and as a minister In churches In Fort Houston and other locations In Oklahoma and A native of he Is a graduate of FreedHardeman College and Murray State College in He has also done graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Seminary and Abilene Christian New Texas November Religion regaining public favor NEW YottK AP Organized which slipped in public esteem last is getting back more trust in the eyes of despite the recent TV evangelism But It still hasnt regained the top level of confidence among various in stitutions that religion held for many It now stands even with the military in first This is the finding of the Religion Research an affiliate of the Gallup based on interviews with a scien tifically representative both organized religion and the military were found to head the field in the degree of peoples con 61 percent of them consider ing those Institutions Last the military had edged with 63 percent confident in It Moderate Baptists look to consolidate victories compared with 57 percent In organiz ed after seven years in which religion had been rated ahead of all the This religion moved back to the top rung but shared It with the despite the distrust found to have hit TV ministries because of ex PTL evangelist Jim Bakkers downfall and other TV preaching ex Standing below religion and the in public were these institutions in this along with percentages confident in them Supreme 52 percent 51 percent public 50 percent 31 percent 28 and organized 26 As in past older Americans and the less welleducated expressed the greatest confidence in the but increased trust in religion show ed up in all population groups this New surveys among find that faith has edged downward in their only 44 percent of them considering it very compared with 51 percent in Fewer of them also believe hard work is very down from 82 percent to 70 but more of them rated other qualities in the im portant including Responsibility and both 89 87 Most teenagers favor a time for prayer in public 55 percent of with 31 percent opposing It and the rest An even bigger share of 69 were found in a 1985 Gallup survey to favor school Inquiring into a different area what people do to get over depression and how well their systems work a new survey found that Americans most frequently turn to a reading or listening to music to get out of the Eightyfour percent of them say it But among those who turn to meditation or Bible reading at times of 94 percent say it That was the highest rating of ef fectiveness for any of the relief although greater propor tions of people tried other such as seeking out friends or family for talk or eating more or As for the eating only 31 percent found It FORT WORTH AP Moderate Texas Baptists said victories over fundamentalists in statelevel skir mishes this week could set the stage for a showdown in San Antonio when the national Southern Baptist Con vention meets In The Baptist General Convention of Texas ended Its twoday meeting Wednesday after electing an In the Joel Gregory of Fort as president and two moderates as vice moderates made substantial gains In other state con which was viewed by some as a sign the campaign was ready to go What has happened this week Is that Baptist have risen up and Enough is saW Neil ex ecutive director of the moderate group Laity for the Baptist Faith and Message But fundamentalists said moderate victories might not last Traditional ly moderates have maintained con trol at the state but fundamen talists are entrenched in the SBCs hierarchy The SBC has been so different from the state its almost like two different said the Rev James Draper of who is aligned with fun damentalist factions Incoming president Gregory noted the series of moderate victories around nation this and their likely Impact on the San Antonio Theres question from what Ive heard Its changed the land he said 1 would anticipate that theres going to be another very large convention in San Antonio Itll be a Rodgers compared the BGCT meeting to a political Weve won the and It gives us some momentum we need to prepare for San he In the which had been considered a test of fundamental only one moderate can didate was The convention approved a motion authorizing the Texas executive board to support the joint a Washingtonbased coalition for first amendment that has been criticized by fun The fundamentalistcontrolled Public Affairs Committee has re quested that the SBC cut off funding to the joint The John Leland Berg of who supported the said it demonstrates Texas Baptists longstanding commitment to the joint committee and their dissatisfaction with the current situa Local Baptists are beginning to wake up to the fact that theyve been hoodwinked and the tide has turn Berg Another key resolution that won approval recommended that Baptist bodies refrain from endorsing or op posing candidates for public office resolution will be forwarded to the executive committee of the SBC Many Baptists were angered this year when the national public affairs committee endorsed former Supreme Court nominee Robert Some local associations passed resolutions supporting the separation of church and state But while moderates enjoyed their fundamentalists warned the battle was not Whos strongest today may be weakest tomorrow Thats an endless Draper said Overcoming the odds Singer wants to make East Texas town the gospel music capital Texas AP Al Pet ty wants to do something that ap pears on the surface to be an im That is to make this Rusk County community the gospel music capital of the Petty well knows about onthe surface His life has been a series of tough But right from the Petty showed talent as a He started playing the steel guitar when he was 11 and three months later was playing on the radio three times a When he was he started recording He began to teach when he was 14 and at that time had three radio programs a five days a At the age of he went to Califor nia and became an He also changed his name to Al For the first 21 years of his he was trying to serve the I was the highest tither in the church when I was Petty Before I was 1 was working in the music ministry I was doing all these things that I though were just really building me up riches and heaven and credibility with Petty I knew a lot of but I didnt understand any of He says his faith was shattered when he found a married falling in love with one of his I just couldnt believe that God would let ole selfrighteous holy fall In love with some other Petty He says he became an agnostic for 13 and studied the other major world religions and Then he moved briefly back to East Texas after his father owning a night club in Longview and broad casting a television and a radio I began to believe in a God Petty But I never came back to him until 13 years I only went to church twice during that one for my fathers He continued to produce working in Las TV and continued to have he I had death threats continual ly and had two attorneys on re tainers fee because somebody was always suing me every time I turned I really got fed up and moved back in I had a problem with the Petty I had to fork up so I went back to where I could make the most which was Las He says he was a gambler and an twice hospitalized for inter nal I couldnt face the day with a sober mind and so I Petty I drank and drank and couldnt so when I got to the place I knew for positive I couldnt I met Jerry Phelps in that now pastor of the Tyler Metro met Petty at the 1980 International Steel Guitar Conven tion in Louis and talked briefly with him about giving his heart to the Lord and using his talent for the Petty says not long thereafter he recommitted his life to the But he says he is no believer in faith without He has already taken steps to make Overton the gospel music capital of the This is where I was Petty Ive just really felt called to my He has been holding a weekly radio talent search for gospel with the winning singer awarded a recor ding session and tape release on his Love Petty has developed a guitor that he says has the poten tial to imitate any sound that any known musical instrument can pro duce as well as human But the single biggest thing that Petty believes will put Overton on the map is the proposed learning Land has already been cleared for The learning center will feature music and Probably the biggest thrust of the music will initially be the teaching of people who want to sing quartets or even Petty BORED One of the major reasons people do not attend is that they find it boring The Presbyterian Church in America is establishing a new congregation in the New Braunfels Briefly Letter urges Reagan to listen to church Ky AP Dear began the letter signed by 800 members of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in which Presi dent Reagan was reared in his boyhood days in 111 The to which signatures were gathered at the denominations recent assembly urges Reagan to listen to the message of the instead of depending upon advice from the Pentagon and the merchants of war material It asks Reagan how our Christalan faith can Justify your ac tions In these policies among others Use of violence rather than negotiations as an instrument of foreign policy in the Persian Gulf and Nicaragua funding of Strategic Defense Initiative at the expense of the poor and which could force the country toward national bankrupt Lutherans sharing communion MINNEAPOLIS AP More than half the worlds now have compacts for sharing and Ho ly Communion with Presbyterian and Reformed ac cording to a review of those ecumenical The review was done by the Lewis WUkins of formerly on the staff of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in and presented at a LutheranReformed conference here Lutheran leaders noted that are still to be over come before the newly merged millionmember Evangelical Lutheran Chyrcn in America can into ayh Baptist editor retires because of restrictions ATLANTA AP Jack editor for 21 yean of Georgia Baptist Convention Christian is retiring blaming restrictions and cen sorship demanded by now dominant fundamentalist after nine years of have gained the up per hand In the Southern Baptist Con including its Georgia wing Harwell has been under fire from fundamentalists for several and last a review board was set up to check contents of the weekly founded in 1822 and the oldest in the In recent Harwell he noticed that I had not written my conscience but only what 1 knew would pass muster with the review rather than what I felt to be true and I could no longer live with the restrictions and censorship placed upon this newspaper and be true to my my my denomina tion or my conscience We promise friendships hat will A joyful worship service that will keep you awake and meet your Sunday nights7 Community Laurel Plaza 300 Laurel New Braunfels 6256326 or 6294222 EPISCOPALIANS WE WANT YOU 10 AM EVERY SUNDAY We welcome you to the age old liturgical discriplines of the world wide Anglican Join us in traditional wor ship where the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is still in use for Holy or morning Worship service AM Sunday 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