October 21, 2010 Print Edition

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Religious voters convert, turn to Scott

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) -- Florida Republican lawmakers and major contributors who fiercely opposed Rick Scott during the party's August primary for governor wasted little time sliding over to support the nominee.

Uth to be nominated FBSC president in Brandon

UPDATED: 12:30 p.m.
ORLANDO (FBW) – David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, will be nominated president of the Florida Baptist State Convention Troy Gramling told Florida Baptist Witness on Oct. 8.

HOW OLD? Age of Earth debated among SBC scholars

FORT WORTH (FBW)—The age of the earth has generated discussion recently among several Southern Baptist scholars.

It began with a 2009 book by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor William Dembski but includes a broader dialogue about evolution and the boundaries of the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.

Editorial: ‘Esteem them very highly in love’

Why would anyone want to be a pastor? It has got to be one of the most thankless jobs around. Pastors are always on the firing line, always “on call,” and subject sometimes to unruly church members who are certain they know how to do the job better. They are generally poorly compensated and live in a fish bowl under constant scrutiny.

Point of View: A young church planter warns prospective pastors: ‘We are not Steven Furtick’

I assume that Steven Furtick has the best of intentions and that his heart is completely in the right place. I am not saying that it is or isn’t, I am just aware that this is a strongly debated matter, and so for the intention of this blog, I’ll assume the best. Steven Furtick is the 30-year-old pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. Elevation is a Southern Baptist congregation that after four years runs close to 6,000 in attendance.

Point of View: What Hell has our convention of churches need

The statistics of life are still the same 1:1 dies. We all have a terminal disease called “life.” Here in Florida approximately 170,455 people die each year, and 467 die each day. Every 3 minutes and 5 seconds a Floridian dies. Globally, 54 million die every year. God’s Word teaches very clearly that life on earth is simply preparation for eternal life. The soul lives forever in heaven or hell. No one escapes death or eternity.

Point of View: Dave Says

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.

Xtreme Kidz Olympics delivers Gospel & games

LAKELAND (FBW)—The fun and games of “Xtreme Kidz Olympics” may have attracted 279 children to Edgewood Baptist Church in Lakeland Aug. 8-15, but Bible study was the true purpose of the church’s “alternative VBS,” according to Evelyn Grissom, Xtreme Kidz director and church office administrator.

The congregation of about 100 saw the same number of children make professions of faith during the 5-night event.

‘Collision’ in Sebring asks, answers questions

SEBRING (FBW)—‘Collision,’ an evangelistic Judgment House drama proved a catalyst in unifying First Baptist Church in Sebring, according to Joe Delph, associate pastor for activities and youth, as more than 150 church members recently prepared for the event.

Members of the congregation, with the direction of volunteer Kathryn Church, managed set construction and striking, light and sound, acting, audience registration, parking, guiding 813 people through the presentation, and praying for audience members. A group of pray-ers prayed for each person by name as they viewed the presentation. Another group, “the encouragers,” talked with each of the 144 persons who made decisions after the presentation. The process helped to unify the congregation that “felt somewhat fractured for a number of years,” Delph said.

BCF mascot gets a name

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—After joining the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in 2009, students at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville were not only excited about the new athletic programs available, but also enamored by the first mascot in the history of the school, the eagle.

Based on the scripture verse found in Isaiah 40:31, which says: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint,” the eagle was a perfect fit for the BCF mascot. The only thing missing was an appropriate name for the eagle mascot.

Ministers’ Wives Luncheon to feature ‘Delightful Dwellings’

Florida Ministers Wives will receive fresh ideas and inspiration in home, family and food during the annual Florida Baptist Convention Ministers’ Wives Luncheon Nov. 9 at First Baptist Church in Brandon, host site of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

The theme of the annual gathering of ministers’ wives is “Delightful Dwellings,” based on Psalm 37:4.

John 14:15-18, 27-31a; 15:11-16: November 7—Why the Christian life is better

In some senses, the Christian life is no better than the non-Christian’s. Being a Christian is no divine insurance policy against suffering. Christians contract and die from cancer and other diseases the same as everyone else. The Christian farmer has no guarantee that rain will fall on his crops while others suffer droughts. Unfortunately, children from Christian families sometimes run afoul of the law and wind up in jail. Sadly, Christian couples may find themselves in a divorce court. Then why should one become a Christian? Four benefits stand out in today’s texts.

Seniors celebrate life’s second half century at Orlando conference

ORLANDO (FBW)—Celebrating life’s second half century, nearly 1,000 mature adults gathered in Central Florida Oct. 11-12 for a jam-packed, no-nonsense, two-day session of toe-tapping music, preaching and laughter.

Point of View: Bullying knows no bounds—The tragedy of Tyler Clementi

You’ve no doubt heard about the tragic suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi. Clementi’s college roommate secretly filmed Clementi as he was having an intimate encounter with another man. And then the roommate broadcast the encounter on the internet. Clementi ended his life by jumping off New York’s George Washington Bridge.

Extreme Missions for grades 1-6

Extreme Missions 2010, a missions event for boys and girls in grades 1-6 and their leaders, will be held Nov. 13 at First Baptist Church in Chipley.

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