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FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Many are aware that Dr. David Platt was not my choice for the presidency of the IMB. But the presidential selection committee has assured us that at the end of the intercessory road, Dr. Platt is God’s Read More...
Recently, I was interviewed for a story in the Florida Baptist Witness (FBW) about generational differences, specifically among young church planters, concerning views on alcohol in the Southern Baptist Convention. While I was accurately quoted and fairly represented, I was Read More...
add something about the church that has approved using alcohol since I was away and have recently read my Witness. In my ministry since 1963, I’ve done considerable counseling and funerals, many connected with the lethal use of alcoholic products. I’ve concluded Read More...
Executive Editor
“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs 13:10

Rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they like the changes they’re seeing in the Florida Baptist Witness. I am encouraged by these goodwill gestures, even though on this side of the wall it feels as if we have quite a bit Read More...
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“You must worship God in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

What is your priority as you arrive at church on Sunday? Is it to assure your child has two matching shoes? To lead a great small group class? Greet guests? Enjoy Christian Read More...
The reason I am writing this letter is to express my grief over the article included in the FBW on July 31 Pastor Dean Inserra of City Church’s position on alcohol, . We can all praise God for what He is doing in and through City Church. However, the article leaves the reader under the Read More...
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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (BP)—Alcohol consumption. Drug use. Immorality and homosexuality—studies provide heartbreaking statistics on these issues among millennials.

My generation is caught in a downward spiral. But what is the real problem? More importantly, what can I do about Read More...
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP)—If you’re like me, there are days when I have to scratch my head at the state of our world—days when I have to say, “How can that be true?” Sometimes I wonder if what I feel about our world matches up with what I know about our world. Read More...
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“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

I got a reassuring phone call from Alex on Sunday afternoon. He was ready to start classes the next day, and he remains excited about the church plant of which he is a Read More...
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Special Reports
Florida pastors discuss state of race relations in churches
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations. Most Read More
'Unique' program leads East Ocala churches to merge
OCALA (FBW)—Highlands Baptist Church and Wellspring Church, located less than a mile from each other in the Central Florida town of Ocala, merged on Sept. 7. Following a six-month-long Read More
H.B. Charles' Jacksonville church to partner with Orange Park congregation
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, one of the largest African-American Baptist churches in Jacksonville, is in the process of partnering with the predominantly Anglo Ridgewood Baptist Church in Read More
Florida Focus: Announcements from Baptist churches around the state
One-time announcements are provided free by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please e-mail materials at least three weeks before the date of the event to floridafocus@goFBW.com. Information Read More
How Florida Baptist churches mix faith and politics
Florida Baptists were among the thousands who voted in primary elections Aug. 26. Some of the voters may have met the candidates and questioned them in events at their Read More
Budget-Allocations Committee OKs $28.8M budget for 2015
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—As Florida Baptists advance toward the goal of sending 50 percent of the state’s Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, a proposed $28.8 million Read More
Maguire State Mission Offering 2014 Season of Prayer: Daily Prayer Guide
The Maguire State Mission Offering gives Florida Baptists an opportunity to Embrace Florida by being a blessing by supporting those who go out in His name into the highways and byways of this state. Read More
Pastor search process has changed with times
First Baptist Church of Titusville received 300 resumes during its recent search for a senior pastor. As intimidating as that was, the number is not all that unusual these days. The Read More
S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, dies
S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was Read More
David Platt elected new IMB president
David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham... Read More
Transgender-identity resolution adopted by SBC messengers
BALTIMORE (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger Read More
SBC annual meeting sees increase in messengers attendance
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist Read More
Crossover Baltimore leaves lasting effect
BALTIMORE (BP)—Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city. “There’s a lot of hurt and pain ...,” said Carter, Read More
Churches sharpen focus on mental-health issues, but stigma remains
BALTIMORE (FBW)—Some of the people who are helping equip Southern Baptist churches to respond to mental-health issues talked about their challenges during a breakout group as part of the SBC annual Read More
Ronnie Floyd headlines newly elected SBC leaders
BALTIMORE (FLBaptist)—In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on “Restoration & Revival Through Prayer,” Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to Read More
Gay marriage now claims the Northeast
WASHINGTON (BP)—A federal judge has legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, handing the increasingly successful campaign to redefine mankind’s oldest institution a clean sweep of the northeast Read More
Florida pastors discuss state of race relations in churches
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations. Most Read More
How Florida Baptist churches mix faith and politics
Florida Baptists were among the thousands who voted in primary elections Aug. 26. Some of the voters may have met the candidates and questioned them in events at their Read More
Maguire State Mission Offering 2014 Season of Prayer: Daily Prayer Guide
The Maguire State Mission Offering gives Florida Baptists an opportunity to Embrace Florida by being a blessing by supporting those who go out in His name into the highways and byways of this state. Read More
FBC Middleburg archery students on target at Center Shot Ministry
MIDDLEBURG (FBW)—More than 50 North Florida children are learning the sport of archery at First Baptist Church in Middleburg. According to Associate Pastor Tim Martin, church leaders had been Read More
Bell Shoals supports Scotland church plant
GLASGOW, Scotland (FBW)—While every church plant sets out to be a reproducing church, nowhere is the mission more critical than at Refuge Scotland. “It’s very dark here,” says Refuge Read More
Indiantown Returning Hearts Celebration aims to reunite fathers with their children
INDIANTOWN (FBW)—Dozens of men who are incarcerated at Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown are studying how to be better fathers. According to Awana’s Lifeline Program website, the men are Read More
Social media becoming an engaging proposition for churches
It was Jason Seger’s wife who started using Facebook first. It wasn’t long before the pastor of First Baptist of Highland City in Lakeland realized the ministry potential the social media platform Read More
BCF students answer call to help at West Virginia children's camp
CAMP ECHO, W.Va. (FLBaptist)—More than 30 children in West Virginia enjoyed their summer just a little bit more and learned more about God and His love for them because of a group of five Baptist Read More
Giving hope to the homeless through clothes, food, faith and fellowship
Lem Simmons is not your typical pastor. In fact, most people would not identify him as a member of the clergy just by looking at him. With his cap turned backward and a body covered with Read More
The Cooperative Program Factor: Mandate, Missions, Ministries
Following the Great Commission Mandate, the Florida Baptist Convention has set as its priorities to reach people for Jesus Christ, start new churches and strengthen existing churches. The summary of Read More
Sept. 21 Explore the Bible: Why the God-Man?
Medieval theologian Anselm wrote the first theology exploring the reason that Jesus became God incarnate—the God-Man. Anselm wrote that humans owed a debt to God that they were incapable of paying. Read More
Sept. 21 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in Growth
All too often at the Monday morning pastor’s conference, one man confides to a friend, “Man, if the Lord opens up a new ministry somewhere, I would welcome a recommendation. The church I am serving Read More
Sept. 14 Explore the Bible: Pay Attention
My wife can attest to my problems related to hearing. I admit I have three hearing problems. First, I likely experience difficulty hearing because I listened to loud music earlier in my life. Second... Read More
Sept. 14 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in Unity
In reading through the epistles, we notice an absence of emphasis on signs and wonders as gifts or functions within the churches. Peter said Jesus performed signs and wonders as indicating His Read More
Sept. 7 Explore the Bible: Who is Jesus?
Other than the short letters of 2 Peter and 2-3 John, Hebrews likely is the most neglected New Testament book. The 21st century American church desperately needs to hear and obey the message of Read More
Sept. 7 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in Christ
In order to have a fuller appreciation for the message of the Book of Ephesians, we must go back to the magnificent teaching in chapter 1, verses 3-14. First, the Bible there provides us with God’s Read More
Aug. 31 Explore the Bible: Keys to surviving tribulation
Church historians affirm that more Christians experienced martyrdom in the 20th century than the previous 19 centuries of the Christian faith. The 21st century evidences harsh persecution by many Read More
Aug. 31 Bible Studies for Life: Our Work with Creation
The Bible assigns to humans the responsibility for having dominion over fish, fowl and every living thing that moves upon the earth (Gen. 1:28). We can easily discern God’s will for us as caretakers Read More
La Convención Bautista de la Florida esta “confiada” que el fallo de $12.5 millones será anulado
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Abogados de la Convención Bautista de la Florida indicaron el martes que están “confiados” que el fallo por un jurado de Lake County de conceder $12.5 millones a un hombre quien Read More
Junta del Witness elige nuevo editor por unanimidad
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—La junta de directores del Florida Baptist Witness voto por unanimidad el 9 de enero emplear un editor que ha mantenido altas posiciones con publicaciones Read More
EDITORIAL: Dios Con Nosotros
FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- La rapidez de cambios muchas veces nos sorprenden. He observado las reacciones de muchas personas al enfrentarse con los ajustes que vienen con los cambios. En el trabajo, con Read More
Autista MK ayuda a alcanzar los uruguayos
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (BP) -- Dentro de un pequeño templo budista en Shiojiri, Japón, el misionero de 23 años Steven Kunkel -- quien es de América del Sur -- se sienta frente a Read More
Missions College apoya la participación de la iglesia
CARY, C.N. (BP)—Con más de dos décadas de experiencia misionera en las Américas, Marty Childers tiene una pasión por ayudar a las iglesias a ser más efectivas en el Reino a través de las misiones. Read More
La convención de Florida ratifica asociación con Cuba Oriental
LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- La Junta Estatal de Misiones aprobó una asociación histórica con la Convención Bautista de Cuba Oriental y un presupuesto de $30.5 millones del Programa Cooperativo 2014 que Read More
Ted Traylor de Pensacola el grupo de trabajo para estudiar la declinacion de bautismos SBC
NASHVILLE (BP)—La Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas está convocando a un grupo de trabajo de pastores nacionales tocante al impacto del evangelismo y la declinación de los bautismos para tratar la Read More
Se envían a Cuba instrumentos musicales y Biblias para impulsar el reavivamiento
LA HABANA, Cuba (BP)—Lo que alguna vez fue un instrumento musical polvoriento y abandonado en una esquina ahora es un instrumento de esperanza y evangelismo en Cuba, gracias Read More
Robert Davis: the Life & Legacy
Former pastor Robert Davis, 70, of Lake City died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Suwannee Valley Care Center (Haven Hospice) following a lengthy illness. Davis was a loving man who served Florida both Read More
Longtime First Baptist Brandon organist Zelda P. Shenning dies
Zelda P. Shenning, 72, died May 26 in Brandon, where she served as organist of First Baptist Church for 30 Read More
FBC Eustis mourns death of Executive Pastor
Longtime First Baptist Church of Eustis Executive Pastor Dr. Hoyt “Skip” Haymans III died on May 22 at the age of Read More
Former ‘first lady’ of First Baptist Church Ocala dies in Virginia
Hilda Johnson, long-time first lady at First Baptist Church of Ocala, died May 21 in Newport News, Va. Johnson was the wife of Ed Johnson, who served as pastor of First Ocala from 1983 Read More
Retired Jacksonville pastor, James Branch, 85, dies
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—James Branch, 85, pastor emeritus of Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Jacksonville, died Feb. 24. Read More
OBITUARY: Charles L. (Chuck) Gray, pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church, dies at 72
SARASOTA (FBW)--Charles L. (Chuck) Gray, 72, pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church in Sarasota, died Nov. 4. He was a Vietnam Era veteran of two tours of duty and the recipient of two purple Read More
Babb H. Adams, former FBSC president, dies at 84
INVERNESS (FBW)–Babb H. Adams, past president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, died Oct. 30 in Inverness, his home since 1981. He was 84. Read More
Jacksonville youth pastor, Jon Moody, 33, dies
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Jonathan "Jon" E. Moody, 33, middle school pastor at Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville died Aug. 9. Moody is survived by his wife Lindsay; Read More