October 29, 2009 Print Edition

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Editorial: Hearing Rifqa Bary’s plea—‘I knew this threat was real’

As Ohio judicial and child protective services accept responsibility for the welfare of Rifqa Bary—the 17-year-old runaway who fled to Orlando in July in fear of her life from her Muslim parents because of her conversion to Christianity—I pray they will consider the case of Gilda Ghanipour.

Point of View: Cooperation and the principle of willingness

We have been looking for the past two columns at what cooperation means. We determined that the people of God must be cooperative to be convictional; and that biblical doctrine defines cooperation. This week, I want to address cooperation and the principle of willingness.

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 22—Cooperation

While Baptists began cooperating with other like-minded Baptist churches for Kingdom causes in the seventeenth century, “cooperation” became the defining watchword for Southern Baptists in the twentieth century. Cooperation provides the fundamental reason for the unique organizational life of Southern Baptists. As far as I know, Southern Baptists alone have an article of cooperation in their doctrinal statement. Jim Richards, executive-director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, wrote a word of warning: “I believe one of the greatest threats to the mission of today’s church among Southern Baptists is a departure from cooperation.”

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: At work in the world—God’s World News

In the early 1980s, Joel Belz, who would go on to become the founder of World magazine, had five daughters in grade school or getting ready to head there. He was eager to show them how a Christian worldview had something to say about everything they were going to be studying.

Church ministers to community, family after child’s disappearance

ORANGE PARK (FBW)—When little 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson didn’t come home from school Oct. 19, David Tarkington and his family were among dozens of volunteers who combed the mile between Grove Park Elementary School and Somer’s home with flashlights.

Crossover 2009 events

Crossover 2009 will touch the lives of families in 16 communities in the Greater Pensacola area. Many of these venues have been cultivated by Pensacola Bay Baptist churches. Florida Baptist volunteers willing to walk alongside of Pensacola Baptists in this effort are still needed.

Idlewild honors Whitten for 20 years as pastor, celebrates 75th anniversary

LUTZ (FBW)—“We think you’re going to work out ok,” Idlewild Baptist Church deacon chairman Bill Brown quipped Oct. 4 as the church celebrated Ken Whitten’s 20th anniversary as senior pastor of the Lutz congregation.

Extreme Missions event for children grades 1-6, Nov. 14

“Rocka My World,” an “Xtreme Missions 2009” event for children grades 1-6 and their leaders will be held Nov. 14 at First Baptist Church in New Port Richey.

It's OK to smile, pastor tells mourners at Somer Thompson memorial service

ORANGE PARK (FBW)—In celebration of Somer Renee Thompson’s seven short years on this earth, David Tarkington told family members and friends at her memorial service it is okay to smile when thinking of the joy she brought.

Mid-America seminary to host alumni breakfast Nov. 10 in Pensacola

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is hosting an alumni breakfast Tues., Nov. 10 at 7 a.m. at International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 6707 Pensacola Blvd. in Pensacola. David Skinner, professor emeritus of Old Testament and Hebrew is scheduled to speak.

First Baptist Leesburg’s former pastor NAMB Presidential Ambassador

Charles Roesel, First Baptist Leesburg’s pastor emeritus, was named Presidential Ambassador of the North American Mission Board Oct. 15.

Co-op for church buses sought

Charlie Fountain, a bus driver at Lake Buffum Baptist Church in Fort Meade, believes a proposal for churches to coop together in case of breakdowns would be beneficial and provide “insurance” for churches when taking long trips.

Obituary: Kenneth Evans

Kenneth Evans, 72, retired Florida minister of music, died Oct. 8

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