October 22, 2009 Print Edition

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Miami Baptist Association celebrates ‘Century of Change’

MIAMI (FBW)—In a cacophony of languages and cultures of more than 70 countries of origin, over 2,000 Florida Baptists who represent 50,000 members of more than 300 churches in the Miami Baptist Association, celebrated a “Century of Change” Oct. 4.

Naples church aims to personalize missions

NAPLES (FBW)—In what he hopes will be a “game-changer in terms of the Cooperative Program and our whole relationship with missions,” Hayes Wicker has led First Baptist Church in Naples to launch the “Great Commission Connection.”

NAMB commissions 119 missionaries

DENVER (BP)—Joe Beckler and wife Cheri are on a mission field where people are skeptical, even suspicious, of Christianity.

Point of View: Biblical doctrine defines cooperation

I do not have the heart to cooperate with persons who have no convictional truth about the Gospel. My heart is for cooperation between those who have convictional truths about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Point of View: USA Today promotes banning evangelical faith from sports?

Tom Krattenmaker thinks that religion and sports don’t mix. At least certain kinds of religious conviction shouldn’t be allowed in the realm of athletics.

Point of View: What’s right about the Cooperative Program

I haven’t been around Southern Baptist life as long as some people. I’ve only been a Southern Baptist since 2001. I’m also only 29 years old. So in all aspects of the phrase, I am a young Southern Baptist.

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.

Point of View: Bold, decisive folly—Punishing the poor

This December, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. There they—and we—will be told that if they don’t take “decisive” or “bold” measures, catastrophes of biblical proportions await humanity.

Florida Focus

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New Works Report

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptist started 16 new churches in September, 2009. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Ex-Muslim teen ordered back to Ohio

ORLANDO (BP)—Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old girl who fled her family’s home after converting from Islam to Christianity, was ordered Oct. 13 to return to Ohio where she will be in the custody of a local children’s services agency.

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