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LAKELAND (FBC)—A standing ovation, a moving tribute and a video memoir marked the 20th anniversary recognition of Florida Baptist Executive Director-treasurer John Sullivan during the closing session of the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 11 at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.
LAKELAND (FBW)—John Cross, 45, pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port, was elected president of the Florida Baptist State Convention by a margin of 12 votes Nov. 11 at its annual meeting in Lakeland.
LAKELAND (FBC/FBW)—In a rare contested race, messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention elected a president by the slimmest of margins, heard Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt, and honored their executive director-treasurer for his 20 years of leadership during their 147th annual meeting in Lakeland Nov. 10-11.
LAKELAND (FBC/FBW)—The Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed in word and deed Nov. 8 in five venues during Crossover Lakeland resulting in 129 professions of faith and six baptisms.
RECIFE, Brazil (BP)—The teacher leans over Edinaldo’s desk, glancing over the boy’s shoulder as he fills in the blanks on his worksheet. The air is thick and stagnant inside the cement schoolhouse, and Edinaldo is the only child left to complete his coursework before the summer break.
LAKELAND (FBW)—Times of economic, political and moral challenges are cause for Florida Baptists to “step out” rather than “back up,” Willy Rice preached Nov. 10 in his president’s address at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Lakeland.
LAKELAND (FBC)—The State Board of Missions approved resolutions of appreciation for three retiring staff members with 73 combined years of Convention service and endorsed 11 newly constituted churches in its Nov.10 pre-convention meeting at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
LAKELAND (FBC)—The Christian church must not be bound by tradition nor corrupted by culture, but exalt the living Christ, exhorted John Sullivan, during the Florida Baptist State Convention, Nov. 11 at Lakeland’s First Baptist Church at the Mall.
LAKELAND (FBW)—While unbelievers, non-Baptists and other Baptists often don’t “get” Southern Baptists, even some Florida Baptists don’t “get themselves,” having forgotten the main priority of winning souls to Christ, Richard Powell preached in the annual Convention Sermon Nov. 11 at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Lakeland.
LAKELAND (FBC)—Hand-in-hand, more than 1,500 Florida Baptists gathered in intercessory prayer to lift up their churches, their state and their nation during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10-11 at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
The following board members and trustees were elected by messengers to the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland, Nov. 10-11. Messengers to the convention voted on nominations, but appointments were not subject to actions by the convention.
LAKELAND (FBW)—God has a way of bringing people to a time of renewal, said Johnny Hunt at the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10.
LAKELAND (FBW)—If church isn’t about seeing lives changed with God’s grace, then it’s about nothing at all, Jack Graham said in his sermon at the annual Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland Nov. 10.
LAKELAND (FBW)—Florida pastors were reminded at the 2008 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference that the mission field isn’t overseas but right outside their church doors. With the theme of the conference “By All Means,” taken from 1 Corinthians 9:22, the men were exhorted to remind themselves that God is in control and putting their total trust in Him will gain results.
LAKELAND (FBC)—Four Florida Baptist pastors, representing varying locations and contexts in the state, gave “mini-messages” during the 2008 annual meeting. Inviting these four pastors to speak at the convention provided a “touch of diversity” and an opportunity for participants to hear from pastors they may not otherwise hear, said Willy Rice, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.