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DOHUK, KURDISTAN, Iraq (FBW)-Just as the sun was rising in the west Sept. 29, a new day dawned in Iraqi Kurdistan as Governor Tamar Ramadhan gave Baptists two acres of land worth $2 million for the Grace Baptist Cultural Center—a multi-phase project including a medical clinic, school, athletic facility, church building and seminary in the town of Simele.
Standing in for Ramadhan, Gurgis Shlaymun, the deputy governor of Kurdistan’s Regional Government in Dohuk, joined a team from Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, along with Iraqi, Jordanian and Brazilian Baptists and other evangelical Christians at an hour-long ceremony prior to cementing the top on an engraved, marble cornerstone marking the new property.
ORLANDO (FBC)- “There is going to have to be a movement of God among us” to bring revival and renewal to Florida Baptists, observed Clayton Cloer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando.
The Orlando pastor spoke Oct. 10 to a group of 22 fellow pastors and Florida Baptist Convention staff at the first of seven regional meetings Cloer is hosting to introduce and create awareness about “ReVision Florida,” a marketing emphasis designed to encourage revival, spiritual renewal and refocusing upon the Great Commission.
The “ReVision Florida” emphasis is one of 27 action plans recently approved by the State Board of Missions. The plans were in response to recommendations proposed by the “Imagine If. . . Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) Taskforce” that were approved by the Florida Baptist State Convention last Nov. 8-9, 2010.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The impact and impetus of the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) will be addressed in half of the Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.
Many of the proposals by special study committees call for restructuring state ministries in order to encourage church planting while some would free up a great portion of Cooperative Program receipts for ministry beyond the states.
It’s the hot question. Is Mormonism a cult? The catalyst for this discussion is the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon. Governor Romney’s candidacy has put a lot of evangelicals in an awkward position. If he becomes the Republican nominee, or if they would otherwise support him as a candidate, can they still support him if they think he is a member of a cult?
My mind has tried to wrap itself around giving. Now that’s not abnormal. There is rarely a day of my life that I do not think about giving—personal or corporate. Here are some thoughts my mind has completed lately.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
According to the 2008 Religious Landscape Report by the Pew Forum, 70 percent of Americans affirm the position that “many religions can lead to eternal life.” Shockingly, according to this survey of the religious beliefs of Americans, 57 percent of conservative evangelical Christians affirmed salvation outside of Christ. Although the Baptist Faith and Message states, “There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord,” in my experience an increasing number of Baptists deny that Jesus is the only way of salvation.
The pressure to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples keeps increasing. The impression is given that thousands upon thousands of gays and lesbians are unable to do the one thing they want to do more than anything else: That is, have a wedding.
I believe it was Dr. James Kennedy who recounted how he became involved in soul-winning. After being graduated from seminary and entering into a church as pastor, he invited a fellow minister to lead in an outreach program. He was thrilled as they visited in homes of the unsaved and watched as the guest preacher led people to the Lord. He immediately set up soul-winning classes and trained church members on how to make a soul-winning presentation. To his surprise, nothing happened. Then it dawned on him what made the difference. He, a seminary graduate and trained Christian worker, had no evangelistic fire until a fellow preacher took him into homes and demonstrated how to conduct a witnessing conversation. He started a new approach by pairing up interested outreach people with an experienced soul-winner. The simple, but effective lesson he learned was, evangelism is caught, not taught.
Few, if any, leaders in world history have had the impact on Western civilization as Moses. He led an entire nation out of captivity, presided over the people as they embraced a written covenant making them a nation, and was the instrument through which God provided the Ten Commandments, moral mandates that still set the standard for society as we know it.