November 17, 2005 Print Edition

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‘Each Reach One’ asks 1,000 Florida Baptist churches to adopt families in rebuild effort

SARASOTA (FBW)–When the blue tarp was nearly elevated to the status of the state flag during last year’s historic hurricane season in Florida, Hal Burke said he knew the band-aid effect of covering a roof until it could be repaired was helpful, but still more needed to be done.

Rogers to pastors: ‘Live with integrity, learn to preach’

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story went to press Nov. 10 as news broke a few days before that Dr. Rogers was in the hospital. The Nov. 17 issue of the Witness went to press earlier than normal in order to have the paper available for distribution at the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in Ocala.

NAPLES (FBW) – Living now in what he calls the “transfer zone” in which he is seeking to pass along to a new generation of pastors what God has taught him in half a century of ministry, Adrian Rogers told more than 170 pastors and church staff at First Baptist Church of Naples Oct. 7, “I cannot overemphasize the importance of preaching.”

First Person: School-teacher mom expresses thanks for help

I am writing to express my thanks and appreciation for the disaster relief that was given to my son and I from the Florida Baptist Convention.

Point of View

Wilma was not a kind lady! She made a mess in Florida from Naples to Fort Lauderdale and everything in between. Several of the communities hit by the hurricane had not fully recovered from the storms of 2004. Wilma made the mess there worse.

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How does a Christian talk about faith with a seeker? Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So much depends on the seeker: what he or she already knows, their questions and objections–and these days there is an overwhelming number of questions.

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Step into a classroom at Florida State University, or the University of Georgia – or any state university, for that matter – and you’ll likely find a professor who advocates abortion on demand.

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With the shortage of vaccines, unless you’re considered “high risk,” you probably aren’t going to get a flu shot this year. But there are things you can do to lower your chances of coming down with the flu. Here are some of the top preventive measures suggested by health care experts.

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When Florida Baptist partnerships become personal

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)­–The Florida Baptist Convention, for more than 20 years, has maintained partnerships with Baptist conventions in several other nations and in states outside the Bible Belt. The partnerships have resulted in hundreds of mission trips by Florida mission groups to far-away churches where they cooperate for ministry and encouragement.

Florida pastors’ children to sing during state convention

OCALA (FBW)–Among the musicians leading the Florida Baptist State Convention in worship during its annual meeting in Ocala Nov. 14-15 are several children of state pastors. After growing up singing in their fathers’ churches, some are sharing their talents with not only the convention but also with a national audience.

Civil Air Patrol chaplain faces gun, provides listening ear

HOLIDAY (FBW)–Sleeping in a hot aircraft hangar, unable to shower for three days and then sharing one shower with 40 smelly men for the rest of the week, Lewis McMullen’s experience as a chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol after hurricane Katrina battered the Mississippi coast Aug. 29 was hardly a vacation.

Churches choose online outreach to members, guests

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) —Almost 20 million people have looked for religious or spiritual information online, with more than two million users seeking material on any given day, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

BCF radio broadcasts local football games

GRACEVILLE (BCF)­–Stadium lights brightly pierce the night sky and the sounds of crowds cheering fill the cool night air each Friday night as the Graceville High School (GHS) Tigers take the field in rural Graceville just one mile away from the campus of The Baptist College of Florida. As it is in so many small towns across the country, Friday night football is the place to be in Graceville, and thanks to the brainchild of one BCF student, this weekly event is now being used to bring the college and local community closer together.

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