October 7, 2010 Print Edition

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Executive Committee rejects motions on Baptist Press, messenger seating

UPDATED: September 22, 3:45 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--During meetings Sept. 20-21 in Nashville, the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee rejected two notable motions from last June's annual meeting in Orlando: one that would have made Baptist Press news service a separate entity and another that would have disallowed the seating of messengers from churches perceived as racist.

Florida IIGCR task force calls for 50/50 CP distribution with SBC

LEESBURG (FBW) -- A Florida Baptist State Convention task force is recommending a 50/50 distribution of Cooperative Program funds between the Florida Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention as early as the 2015 budget in a report released Sept. 23 at the State Board of Missions meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Florida IIGCRTF delivers report to SBOM

LEESBURG (FBW) – Florida's Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force delivered a one-hour report to the State Board of Missions Sept. 24 in Leesburg, explaining its recommendations that will be considered by the Florida Baptist State Convention in November.

After eight months, the 30-member task force is seeking to advance "in a very aggressive fashion" a state convention model that has at its core four priorities, Chairman Danny de Armas said.

State Board approves sale of Blue Springs, revises proposed budget & suspends matching annuity funds

LEESBURG (FBC)--Struggling to develop long and short-term strategies to balance the budget with declining receipts, the State Board of Missions revised the 2011 proposed Cooperative Program basic budget by temporarily suspending matching retirement contributions for Florida Baptist church staff and authorized the immediate sale of Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna and the future sale of the Baptist Building property located in Jacksonville.

SBOM members ask questions, get clarifications about IIGCRTF report

LEESBURG (FBW)-Following a report from the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force to the State Board of Missions meeting Sept. 24 in Leesburg, SBOM members questioned aspects of the report and expressed their appreciation for the effort of the task force with applause—but stopped short of voting to support the report itself.

Students take the lead in See You at the Pole’s 20th annual event

MILTON (FBW)—See You at the Pole, celebrating its 20th anniversary, attracted thousands of students worldwide to school flagpoles Sept. 22. According to reports from youth ministers in Florida, Baptist students took leadership roles in many of the early morning gatherings.

Eighth-grader Tori Tamargo, dismayed at the SYATP turnout of six at Sergeant Smith Middle School in Tampa last year, started inviting her fellow students to the event in early September. On the morning of SYATP, about 40 students joined her to pray at the flagpole.

Editorial: A vision worthy of support

Five billion people in the world today don’t know Jesus—and 1.6 billion have never heard of Him and have no or little access to the Gospel.

When Florida Baptists vote next month on a report from the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (IIGCRTF) the stark reality of these statistics should drive their consideration of the recommendations.

FBSC 2010: Messengers to worship, transact business, hear IIGCRTF at annual meeting

BRANDON (FBC)—The “Imagine If …. Great Commission Resurgence Task Force,” created by messengers of the 2009 Florida Baptist State Convention to look at how Florida Baptists can more effectively fulfill the Great Commission, will issue its final report during the 2010 Florida Baptist State Convention meeting set for First Baptist Church of Brandon, Nov. 8-9.

A 95-minute block of time has been set aside Tuesday afternoon for the report from the 32-member task force which was appointed by Florida Baptist State Convention President John Cross, who proposed the study.

Point of View: ‘Fast Forward’

Growing up as a pastor’s child in rural northeast Georgia had many advantages. One of them was delectably delicious southern cooking. I’m talking the real deal cooking from scratch. The fresh garden vegetables were over the top. You know, butter beans, green beans, butter peas, field peas, fried okra, mashed potatoes, corn, turnip greens, collard greens, and the list goes on! The fried chicken, the gospel bird, was my favorite. There is no doubt but that my love for fried chicken helped confirm my call to preach. (Just kidding.) There’s also nothing like fresh baked cornbread to go with your vegetables. Fried cornbread will bless you too! Since I’m confessing my love for southern cooking, would it surprise you that one of my criteria for judging churches, as a kid, was how good the food was at the dinner on the grounds? Homecoming was always my favorite!

Point of View: Great Commission praying

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—In June of this year, Southern Baptists affirmed a report from our Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. That task force began their work by challenging Southern Baptists to pray for a Great Commission resurgence. More than 6,000 people publicly affirmed their commitment to pray.

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: Wannabe cool Christianity—Sacrificing authentic for hip

It’s not your father’s church by any stretch.

The congregation is meeting in a warehouse in a neighborhood filled with trendy shops, cafes, and theaters. The pastor—sporting a faux hawk, tight t-shirt, and skinny jeans—is not averse to using salty language or discussing sex in explicit terms. During the sermon, congregants text the pastor questions, which he might answer at the end. The music? Indie-rock.

Convention employees leave for new chapter of life

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—They have led Bible study workshops, preached evangelistic sermons in churches of all languages, developed BCM directors and started new churches among African-Americans. They have touched lives of youth through camps, promoted the Cooperative Program, and fielded hundreds of calls from Florida Baptists. They have crisscrossed the state of Florida and led untold numbers to faith in Christ.

Eight employees, who collectively have given 109 years of service to Florida Baptists, will leave the Florida Baptist Convention this year to embark on a new chapter in their lives—their positions eliminated to compensate for decreasing Cooperative Program income.

Choose Life license plates on the road 10 years

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Choose Life license plates have been on Florida roads 10 years, raising more than $7.4 million for pregnancy care centers, maternity homes and non-profit adoption agencies.

The Florida Choose Life tag is the ninth most popular among 113 plates currently available, according to a news release.

Annual Missions Conference at BCF, Oct. 25-27

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Displaying deep love and concern for those who have not heard the Gospel, The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville will again open its doors for a special Missions Conference Oct. 25-27.

The conference allows students, faculty members, and the general public to meet and connect with organizational representatives from a number of worldwide missions organizations.

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