October 8, 2009 Print Edition

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Andy Pettitte finds God can handle anticipated ‘disaster’ of drug controversy

TAMPA (FBW)—When it appeared a “disaster” was in the making in the wake of the revelation of his brief drug use, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte instead found—once again—God can be depended upon.

State Board approves $35.4 million CP budget, takes no action on property gift

LEESBURG (FBC)–The State Board of Missions approved a $35.4 million Cooperative Program budget for 2010 and learned no further action will be taken on a proposal to accept a property gift of two senior adult housing complexes during its Sept. 25 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Leesburg.

Expo promotes ‘lifestyle of worship’ through music, praise

LAKELAND (FBC)—Finding a respite from their week-in and week-out duties of directing others in worship, Florida Baptist church musicians embraced their own spiritual act of adoration, reverence and awe during the Worship Expo Sept. 17-19 at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.

Morris Chapman, SBC EC president, announces retirement plans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FBW)—Morris Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, announced Sept. 21 plans to retire, effective Sept. 30, 2010.

EC chairman Randall James appoints committee to succeed Chapman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A seven-member search committee has been named to seek a successor for Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee.

Editorial: Does your pastor know you appreciate him?

Why would anyone want to be a pastor? It has got to be one of the most thankless jobs around. Pastors are always on the firing line, always “on call,” and subject sometimes to unruly church members who are certain they know how to do the job better. They are generally poorly compensated and live in a fish bowl under constant scrutiny. And those are just Mondays!

Point of View: People of God must be cooperative to be convictional

In his recent book, The SBC: Consensus and Renewal, David Dockery, president of Union University, makes one statement that caught my attention and held it for the rest of the book. He said, “Our times need a new generation that will both be convictional and cooperative.”

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Point of View: Why should I go to the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference?

Go ahead and ask it. Pastors ask the question because it is expensive in these economic times. Pensacola is in a different time zone than most of our state. Many of our pastors will either have to drive a day up and a day back or fly to the conference.

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 21—Stewardship

Stewardship is not a popular topic among the people of God, yet biblical stewardship is central in Christian discipleship. Surprisingly, most theology books ignore the doctrine of stewardship. Likely, this neglect arises from our understanding of stewardship as a practical ecclesiological matter. Stewardship provides the means by which the church finances ministries. Biblical stewardship focuses on the individual rather than church budgets or the amount given (mite).

Point of View: Not in the national interest: Government-run health care

In the midst of the very heated debate going on about health care reform, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer—most Americans do not trust the government to make health care decisions for themselves or their families.

‘Adrian Rogers Legacy Library’ to extend Baptist preacher’s ministry

PALM BEACH GARDENS (FBW)—Like the biblical character Abel, though Southern Baptist preacher Adrian Rogers is dead, “he still speaks,” Hayes Wicker told a gathering in Palm Beach Gardens Sept. 24 to seek support to launch the “Adrian Rogers Legacy Library.”

‘The Priority of Preaching’ speaks to pastors’ hearts

Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching, (Great Britain: Christian Forum Publications, 2009), 125 pages. $12.99 paperback.

Healthcare reform rationing ‘precisely what the Nazis did,’ Land says

ORLANDO (FBW)—President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders of Congress are advocating healthcare reform that will result in rationing of care, making them guilty of the same ideology that fueled the Nazi Holocaust, Richard Land told the Christian Coalition of Florida at a Sept. 26 banquet in Orlando.

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