November 22, 2007 Print Edition

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FBSC annual meeting in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC/FBW)—At the 146th Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting Nov. 12-13 in Daytona Beach, 1,258 messengers and 736 visitors rallied around the theme, “We Are Better Together.”

Ukrainian believers take Gospel to Kazakhstan

PAVLODAR, Kazakhstan (BP)—Roman Gopanchuk gestures with his left hand and leans forward to explain a Scripture passage to his home Bible study group in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.

State Board elects officers, hires JAX area BCM director

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—The State Board of Missions elected a Baptist campus minister for Jacksonville-area colleges, gave church-at-large status to a Brunswick, Ga., church, and renewed the employment of a legislative consultant during the its pre-convention meeting Nov. 12 in Daytona Beach.

Baseball connects Gospel to community

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—With cleats tied tight and mitts in hands, over 130 children eagerly filed into the Jackie Robinson Baseball Park in Daytona Beach Nov. 10 for the 2007 "Cross­over" Daytona free baseball clinic.

Automated registration speeds process at Daytona Convention

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—The Florida Baptist Convention has entered the information age. For the first time, Florida Baptist State Convention messenger cards were electronically coded, using innovation to speed up the registration process.

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Point of View

I grew up during the Cold War era, when political tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union dominated global diplomacy. Missile silos and bomb shelters reflected the paranoia of a massive military conflict between the communist bloc and the free world.

Point of View

Sometime shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, the mortal remains of an old soldier were laid to rest in the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery.

Point of View

Five years ago, Florida voters amended their state constitution to guarantee the rights of a previously unprotected class: pregnant pigs. Specifically, the ballot initiative guaranteed pregnant sows "enough space within which to turn around."

Rice: Stop settling for status quo, engage the enemy

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—In the midst of a culture that opposes biblical values and churches that seem satisfied with the status quo, Willy Rice urged Florida Baptists to follow the biblical example of Jonathan who won a surprising victory because he trusted in God in spite of the seemingly insurmountable odds.

Want in Jesus' inner circle? Love Him more, Pollock tells messengers

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Forrest Pollock, in his Nov. 13 sermon at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting, asked messengers and guests to re-evaluate their personal relationship with Jesus. In his sermon, "Lord of the Rings," Pollock outlined four levels of relationship with Jesus.

Passmore: Christians should be 'culture-changers' instead of 'one-hit-wonders'

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Every Florida Baptist should be a "culture-changer," said Tim Passmore, pastor of Woodland Church in Bradenton, to messengers and guests to the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting Nov. 13. He cited Moses as an ex­ample of one who moved his people from slavery to proprietors of the Promised Land.

Division heads share how ministries fulfill Great Commission

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—Each year during the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention the program divisions of the Florida Baptist Convention give an account of how they serve Florida Baptists and their churches. In Daytona Beach Nov. 12-13 at the 146th annual meeting division staff reported their stewardship for the past year. These reports are designed to give a better understanding of how these respective ministries are fulfilling Florida Baptists' commitment to the great commission.

Members of State Board of Missions, trustees elected

The following board members and trustees were elected by messengers to the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention in Daytona Beach, Nov. 12-13, 2007. Messengers to the convention voted on nominations, but appointments were not subject to actions by the convention.

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