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JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—An urgent plea for funds to provide food for the impoverished nation of Haiti in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Noel is being issued by John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.
MOSCOW (BP)—How do you reach the 15 million souls of Moscow? One at a time.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (BP)—In the hours before Cyclone Sidr reached the coastal areas of Bangladesh, Southern Baptists and other Christians began praying—aware that the Category 4 storm potentially could usher hundreds of thousands into an eternity without Jesus.
In America, it has long been a popular sport to demean and ridicule the faith of religious conservatives. Christians who seek to participate peacefully in the political process are often denigrated as "religious Ayatollahs" who represent a threat to freedom and democracy.
First-century evangelists had a short life expectancy—and no shortage of enemies.
Several years ago, I had the privilege of speaking to missionaries in Russia, and I commented that they were some of my heroes. With a humility that typifies missionaries, they encouraged me not to see them as heroes. "We're just doing what God called us to do," they told me.
The countdown has already started.
The outstanding film Amazing Grace hits shelves recently in DVD form—and it comes at a time when Christianity is under blistering attack. In his new book, God Is Not Great, subtitled How Religion Poisons Everything, anti-theist Christopher Hitchens states, "religion makes people do wicked things they wouldn't ordinarily do ... the licenses for genocide, slavery, racism, are all right there in the holy text."
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A young woman serving with Southern Baptist missionaries in a country far from home found open doors of opportunities just hours after Florida Baptists lifted her in prayer during their annual session.
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is currently registering students for the January term and Spring 2008 semester.
TALLAHASSEE (FBCH)—Julie Boyd, who supervised all Northwest Florida programs and services for Florida Baptist Children's Homes during the past 4.5 years, has been promoted to Vice President for Development.
JACKSONVILLE(FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 10 new churches in October, 2007. The following is a listing of new churches by association:
DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Several organizations related to the Florida Baptist Convention met Nov. 12 at the facilities of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and in other locales before the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting convened in Daytona Beach.
DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Three musical groups led worship in four sessions of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting Nov. 12-13 in Daytona Beach.