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TAMPA (FBC)—Over 1,000 Southern Baptists, representing 144 Florida churches and 16 churches from New York to Alaska, participated in forums, reading sessions and ensemble groups at the second annual Worship Expo Sept. 20-22 at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida students joined millions of students around the United States and in 20 other nations in See You at the Pole observances Sept. 26. Middle school and high school students met at 7 a.m. to pray around their schools' flagpoles. More than three million participated in SYATP gatherings worldwide in 2006.
LEESBURG (FBC)—A tornado that struck downtown Eustis in the early morning hours Sept. 21 cut electrical power throughout the region, yet did not deter the State Board of Missions from conducting its meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center located five miles from town.
Everything was normal about my morning in a Houston hotel—I read the newspaper delivered to my door, ate a continental breakfast and then loaded my bags in my truck to leave. But then I reached in the backseat to move my computer bag. The bag was too light. The zipper was unzipped. The computer was missing.
10. Lots of letters. On Sunday before Pastor Appreciation Day, distribute stamped envelopes addressed to the pastor. An instruction note invites each church member to write and mail a personal note of encouragement and appreciation to the pastor this week.
Every time you turn around, a presidential candidate whips out his Bible—or a position paper—to let us know how faithful he or she is. Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) says God "would be happy with the fact that" he's focused on people without health care. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) says we should "discuss religion ... in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations towards one another." Republicans, also, are quick to point out how faith informs their policies.
ORLANDO (NOBTS)—New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated a new way to provide theological training to Florida Baptists Sept. 24 with the dedication of the seminary's Orlando Regional Hub.
BRANDON (FBW)—Washington-based Family Research Council drew a bevy of pro-family speakers to Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon Sept. 20 for a pastors' briefing.
The "Watchmen on the Wall" gathering was the day before the start of a two-day Family Impact Summit featuring some of the nation's top conservative leaders [see related story on page 6].
BRANDON (FBW)—In what might be the largest group of conservative pro-family leaders to have ever met in Florida, the Family Impact Summit at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon Sept. 20-22 hosted over a dozen nationally prominent leaders as well as some of Florida's own well-known proponents of the family.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)—Daniel Akin said his goal was to put everything in a package, place a ribbon on and attempt to tie an appropriate bow around the messages presented during Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's "Convergent" conference Sept. 21-22.