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Following the presidential election, some political pundits are saying, “America is getting the leadership it deserves.” Of course, on one level, that is the case in every election. For Christians, there is something much more significant going on.
ORLANDO (FBW) – After asserting Jesus was “xenophobic” in a Nov. 12 sermon at the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference, a prominent African American pastor has clarified that he believes Christ was sinless and apologized for causing offense.
The outgoing and incoming presidents of the Florida Baptist State Convention each offered challenging words Nov. 13 as one exited and the other assumed leadership of Florida Baptists during the annual meeting.
In August, Gary Ewing died at the age of forty-nine from pneumonia and colon cancer. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Ewing. Until recently neither had I. But his life and death are a kind of parable about the absurd lengths that fear and the desire to be safe at any cost will drive a society.
The teaching about the Fatherhood of God is present in the Old Testament, but in a subdued form. The father emphasis there revolves around that of a given family as an integral element of the nation under God’s direction. The focus shifts in the New Testament in which the Fatherhood of God becomes the unifying relationship between Him and all believers. We get a hint of that revolutionary change in Matthew 23:9 in which Jesus says, “and call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heave.” He was not suggesting that we substitute pa or papa for the word father. Instead, He was setting the framework for a theology built around the family of God which transcends human relationships. In the fellowship of believers, human loyalty to a paternal relationship must never be used to disrupt the functioning of the local church.
At this wonderful time of the year, songs extol the birth of Jesus. The advertising world pays scant attention to the angel of the Lord who appeared in a dream to Joseph to explain why he was to take Mary as his wife. She was expecting a child, conceived in her of the Holy Spirit. He explained the birth of her Son in this way: “And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
Orlando (FBC)—A Korean co-worker trained in Evangelism Explosion often asked Masaya Ginter if she died today would she go to heaven. At first, the Japanese woman responded yes, because “I am a good person.”
ORLANDO (FBW)—Meeting in Orlando Nov. 12-13 for the Florida Baptist State Convention, messengers elected Jacksonville pastor Tim Maynard as president, approved a $31.6 Cooperative Program budget for 2013, and looked at “What Really Matters” in exploring family, faith, relationships and legacy.
The convention drew 1,084 registered messengers and guests compared with 1,556 messengers the last time it was in Orlando—in 1999. Each year since 2006 attendance has declined noticeably.
Glancing at news reports of air raid sirens blasting in Israel raised goosebumps on my arms while I waited for my flight to leave Jacksonville Nov. 15. Just last year I visited nearby Iraq and Jordan to cover news of a church/education partnership, and in 2010 spent more than a week in Israel as a guest of the Israel ministry of tourism.
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GRACEVILLE (BCF)—More than 170 prospective students and guests roamed the Graceville campus of Baptist College of Florida Nov. 2 to determine if it was where God was leading them to continue their education.
In the early 1970’s famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote the famous book, Whatever Became Sin? He argued that modern humanity’s failure to acknowledge sin produced great mental and emotional trauma in people. Certainly the denial of sin and resulting mental trauma has increased since Menninger wrote his famous book.
Discipline is not a popular word. I remember times during my developmental years when I received discipline from authorities that at the time I thought was undeserved. From the perspective of passing years, I now realize I needed the discipline. The Bible teaches that God disciplines His people; in fact, discipline evidences God’s love and is a sign we are children of God (Prov. 3:11-2; Heb. 12:5-11). God’s disciplining love is redemptive rather than vindictive.