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Nancy Sullivan 'resting comfortably' in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) -- Nancy H. Sullivan is resting comfortably in her Jacksonville home after returning from Shreveport., La. late Monday afternoon, Sept. 26, following two surgeries to insert three cardiac arterial stents. Mrs. Sullivan is the spouse of Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer John Sullivan.

Page announces Hispanic Advisory Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, announced the formation of a Hispanic Advisory Council with a goal of "more fully integrating Hispanic Baptist churches into the total fabric of Southern Baptist life and ministry."

Language missions pioneer Hubert Hurt dies in Fort Smith, Ark.

FORT SMITH, ARK. (FBC) – Language missions pioneer Hubert Hurt died in the morning hours of Sept. 21, 2011 while in hospice care in Fort Smith, Ark. He was 86.

Hurt directed Florida’s language work from 1964 until his retirement in 1990, first under the appointment of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) from 1965 to-1974, residing in Miami; and then as an employee of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1974 until 1980; and from 1981 until his retirement.

Suncoast Association hosts event uniting two cities across the world

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)—Much like the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, The Two St. Petes Conference was a lesson in contradictions. Amidst the scent of authentic Russian cuisine and the swirling, celebratory moves of Russian dancers, stood the stark contrast of the harsh realities of life in the famous city across the world.

When the dancing ends and the celebration is over, however, many Russians remain locked in the chains of rampant drug and alcohol abuse. So rampant, in fact, that Clint Stewart, International Mission Board (IMB) team leader in Russia, said it’s possible that upwards of 90 percent of Russian men suffer the ravages of alcohol addiction.

State Board fleshes out action plans to fulfill GCR recommendations

LEESBURG (FBC)—A series of recommendations from workgroups that studied and responded to the six recommendations proposed by the “Imagine If ... Great Commission Resurgence Taskforce” were approved by the State Board of Missions during its Sept. 23 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Board workgroups had been studying the GCR recommendations since February after the report’s adoption by messengers to the 2010 Florida Baptist State Convention held Nov. 8-9 in Brandon.

Black church week: ‘Don’t be too good to reach out,’ pastor urges leaders

RIDGECREST, N.C. (LCR)—Going from sunup to way past dark is just how it is at Black Church Week. The praising, preaching and fellowship never stop.

The Black Church Leadership and Family Conference (better known as Black Church Week) welcomed almost 1,000 people to the campus of LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center July 18-22. The black church area of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention sponsored the event.

Editorial: ReVision Florida—Let’s get to work

I don’t know any serious Christian who is not of the conviction that spiritual renewal is desperately needed among our churches. Very soon, Florida Baptists will have an opportunity to demonstrate how passionately we hold that conviction through a new effort, “ReVision Florida.” Last month, the State Board of Missions adopted a series of recommendations—some of which go on to the Florida Baptist State Convention for approval at the annual meeting next month in Coral Springs—to implement various recommendations affirmed by Florida Baptists last year in Brandon as part of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence task force report.

Point of View: America’s Pharaoh

In Moses’ day, the Egyptian Pharaoh was the most powerful man on the earth. He was the deified ruler of the world’s most glorious kingdom. Believed to be the earthly embodiment of Ra or Re—the Egyptian sun god—the Pharaoh was revered by the Egyptians as a divine despot whose every demand was to be unquestionably obeyed.

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: Feels like ethics—Can young people do the right thing?

Imagine a country where people had never heard of the germ theory of disease. They bathe and wash their hands, not because it was sanitary but because they like the way it makes them feel.

You might think, “It could be worse, they could be slobs,” but you wouldn’t want them as neighbors, because they really don’t understand the difference between health and sickness.

Florida Baptist Retirement Center celebrates 50 years of ministry

VERO BEACH (FBW)—The Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach celebrated its 50th anniversary Sept. 9 with a dinner attended by residents, employees and board members. Retirement Center Administrator Gretchen Ward called it a celebration of “the first 50 years,” because “we hope to be here still ministering to the next generation of seniors 50 years from now.”

Established in June 1961, Florida Baptist Retirement Center includes 44 duplex housing units, a 17-bed assisted living facility and a 24-bed skilled nursing facility. More than 50 employees work with the 115 residents on the 22-acre campus. In 1996, it was incorporated as a subsidiary of Florida Baptist Financial Services.

FBSC 2011: Florida Baptists called to ‘remember’ during 2011 Florida Baptist State Convention

CORAL SPRINGS (FBC)—Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright will join Florida State Convention President David Uth in pressing Florida Baptists to “Remember” their call for reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ during the 150th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 14-15 at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

Uth, pastor of 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Orlando, said he desires for the annual meeting to be a time of healing, renewal and encouragement for all Florida Baptists.

SURVEY: Pastors want IRS out of pulpits, politics out of sermons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LCR)—Protestant pastors overwhelmingly agree government should not attempt to regulate pastor’s sermons through reevaluation of a church’s tax exemption, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.

The research, which was sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund, followed a related study conducted by LifeWay in October 2010 that found Protestant pastors also largely believe candidates for public office should not be endorsed from the pulpit.

Mohler: Bible not subject to modern science

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—If believers allow modern science to tell them what they can theologically affirm, the logic does not end with a discussion of whether there is a historical Adam, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” Sept. 22.

“It continues throughout the entirety of the body of Christian truth. And that is a disastrous route,” Mohler said. “And frankly, you’re either going to accept [or reject] that the Bible gives us the authoritative word concerning the entirety of our understanding of things relative to who we are as human beings, what God did in creating the world and what God did for us in Christ.

Luke 7:1-17: October 16—Hope discovered

Our study today focuses on two miracles performed by Jesus. A desperately ill man and the other, a youth who had died. All of us must experience the second condition, death. Many will hear an oncologist utter the dreaded words, “You have stage four condition. There are no treatments.” For the believer, the prospect of death may not be so terrible. A woman, suffering from a terminal case of cirrhosis of the liver confided, “I wish I could turn off a switch and let it all be over.” We believers accept the fact that some situations are worse than death. Yet, we can discover hope if we follow the advice of one of the old hymns, “Just Trust and Obey.” In the darkest hour we can discover hope—if we trust and obey.

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