November 19, 2009 Print Edition

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Sports, block parties & festival draw thousands for Pensacola Crossover

PENSACOLA (FBW/FBC)—Pensacola Bay Baptists reached out to thousands in 16 neighborhoods in the greater Pensacola area Nov. 7 during Crossover, an evangelistic effort preceding the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting Nov. 9-10.

Southern Baptist chaplain serves grieving at Fort Hood

“I personally counseled nine people on Monday, including people who were present at the shooting scene as well as people who carried bodies out of the building and saw them covered with white sheets. We’re engaging people as fast as they walk in, but we’re getting busier because the families of the deceased are starting to arrive.

Editorial: A model of cooperation for the FBSC’s future

In a very real sense, one person decided the outcome of the pivotal vote at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Pensacola last week establishing an “Imagine If … Great Commission Task Force”: John Sullivan.

Florida Baptists create ‘Imagine If … Great Commission Task Force’

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Messengers voted overwhelmingly Nov. 10 to affirm the vision of Florida Baptist State Convention president John Cross to create a task force to look at how Florida Baptists can more effectively fulfill the Great Commission and report its findings and recommendations to the 2010 annual meeting in Brandon.

Freda Crawford dies after ten-year cancer battle

UPDATED: Nov. 14, 2:00 p.m.

GAINESVILLE (FBW)-Freda Crawford, pastor’s wife and missions advocate at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, died at Arkansas Cancer Research Center in Little Rock, Ark., the morning of Nov. 12 after a ten-year battle with multiple myeloma. She was named “Pastor’s Wife of the Year” by the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference only three days before her death.

Tropical Storm Ida dampens numbers at FBSC meeting

PENSACOLA (FBC)—While persevering through the rain and winds of Tropical Storm Ida which cut short the Monday night session, the 146th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention convened Nov. 9-10 at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.

“Imagine If” was the theme of the FBSC which drew 895 registered messengers from 419 churches and 226 visitors. A crowd of least 1,200—including guests from the surrounding community—attended the Tuesday closing session featuring contemporary recording artists New Song, Rush of Fools and BlueTree and the testimony of former missionary Carrie McDonnall.

Hughes urges pastors: Go for the ‘big ask’ of members, themselves

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Pastors should not be afraid to make the “big ask” of their church members, challenging them to be faithful in attendance, giving, encouraging and willing to do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ, David Hughes preached Nov. 10 during the annual sermon at the Florida Baptist State Convention in Pensacola.

“I’ve discovered this through Scripture that as a pastor, especially a senior pastor, it is part of my calling before God to ask His people for big things, to go for the big ask from time to time,” said Hughes, pastor of Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

Sullivan proclaims the mystery & majesty of light

PENSACOLA (FBC)—Beginning with the opening words in Genesis and the closing words in Revelation, John Sullivan examined the “mysterious and majestic” qualities of light as seen through the eyes of the biblical writers during his sermon Nov. 10 during the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting.

Recounting biblical illustrations of light, Sullivan, executive director–treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, noted how in Gen. 1:3, God divided light from the darkness. And that the Psalmist exclaimed, “The Lord is my light and salvation ... whom then shall I fear?”

Atlanta pastor asks Baptists: ‘Where do we go from here?’

PENSACOLA (FBW)–Larry Grays, senior pastor of The Midtown Bridge in mid-town Atlanta, told messengers and guests at the Nov. 10 session of the Florida Baptist State Convention he returned to speak in his home state with a “heavy heart.”

“When you love somebody or someplace, it is not about just showing up for another gig,” Grays told the crowd. “God has placed us at a key time of history to decide, ‘Where do we go from here?’”

Pastors reminded to honor calling at annual conference

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Florida pastors didn’t let the threat of Tropical Storm Ida stop them from encouraging one another in a singularly-focused 2009 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference at Olive Baptist Church Nov. 8-9.

The pastors were called to preach with “honor.” They were called to “honor” their wives and bring “honor” to their noble profession.

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 23—The Christian and the Social Order

Five historic models provide guidance into the issue of “The Christian and the Social Order” before addressing the biblical themes and biblical principles.

Point of View: Reaching the world ... together

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about how Southern Baptists can most effectively reach our lost world for Christ. That’s a conversation from which I believe we can all benefit.

Conference breakout sessions focus on pastors family, Christian life, leadership & transition

PENSAOLA (FBW)—The 2009 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Pensacola utilized breakout sessions at Olive Baptist Church Nov. 9 to address a variety of topics including evangelism, church transition, preaching and pastoral leadership, ministry, pastoral life, family, the Christian life, and the roles of laymen and staff.

In floating village in Cambodia, talking about ghosts leads to sharing Christ

KBAL TAOL, Cambodia (BP)—David* never imagined he’d use ghosts as a way to share the Gospel.

Ambushed in Iraq, McDonnall now challenges take the Gospel to the ‘darkness of the world’

PENSACOLA (FBC)—With a powerful and moving testimony in the closing service of the 2009 annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention, international missionary Carrie McDonnall challenged approximately 1,200 participants to take the Gospel into the “darkness of the world.”

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