November 3, 2011 Print Edition

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‘Call2Fall’ conference call to challenge pastors to spiritual renewal

ORLANDO (FBC)—Billed as “the largest conference call for prayer in the history of the church in the state,” all Florida Baptist pastors are being challenged to join “Call2 Fall,” a statewide conference call of pastors praying for revision and revival.

“Call2Fall,” set for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. EDT, is “an urgent invitation to ‘call to fall’ on our knees before God,” said Clayton Cloer.

SBC name change task force holds inaugural meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—The task force appointed to study the prospect of changing the Southern Baptist Convention’s name held its first meeting Oct. 26 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Convention President Bryant Wright announced the 20-member task force during the opening session of the SBC Executive Committee’s Sept. 19-20 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The announcement prompted a lively debate across the convention about the pros and cons of making such a change.

Editorial: ReVision Florida: A ‘contrivance’ of revival

Could it be that God is beginning a renewal movement of His Holy Spirit among Florida Baptists?

In recent weeks, nearly 300 Florida Baptists participated in seven ReVision Florida meetings across the state. The meetings were organized by Clayton Cloer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando and leader of the State Board of Missions task force charged with implementing the revival and renewal recommendation of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence report adopted at last year’s annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

Point of View: An Invaluable 25¢ goal: Will your church give a sacrificial Lottie Moon offering?

When an Indiana pastor asked his small congregation to set a sacrificial goal for their Lottie Moon offering, he never expected this. A goal of $500 would have been a challenge for Iglesia Bautista Hispana El Calvario, but they set a seemingly-impossible goal of ten thousand dollars! People of every age contributed sacrificially. Some worked a second job for a month and gave those earnings. One lady gave two weeks of paychecks. Kids, retirees, even unemployed folks found creative ways to give. That awesome little church collected over $10,000 for SBC international missions.

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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Point of View: Why we are increasing our Cooperative Program giving

In Southern Baptist life, the Cooperative Program has been a mainstay for decades. From our beginning as Southern Baptists, the idea of being “on mission” and fulfilling the Great Commission together has existed. It wasn’t until 1925 that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) launched a concerted giving partnership to fund missions, education and denominational work. This effort was and is called the Cooperative Program (CP).

Point of View: Coptic Winter—Democracy and Christians in Egypt

On October 9, at least two dozen Christians were killed by Egyptian police. Their only “crime” was in insisting that they be treated in a manner consistent with what the “Arab Spring” was supposed to be about.

Point of View: Dave says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

BCF seminary day November 7

GRACEVILLE (BCF)–The Baptist College of Florida prepares men and women vocationally to serve in multiple areas of ministry and occupations while providing a solid education steeped in sound theology and doctrine. Depending on the career path, many times after graduation, students feel led to continue their education by pursuing a graduate degree or studying at one of the seminaries.

BCF recognizes and supports that decision by opening the Graceville campus to representatives from all of the Southern Baptist seminaries for the annual Seminary Day. This fall, that day is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. Dean of Students Roger Richards is coordinating the event which allows BCF students to collectively compare graduate programs without spending time and money traveling to the individual campuses.

Whitten, Traylor at ChurchLife conference

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Longtime Florida Baptist pastors Ted Traylor and Ken Whitten told a young crowd at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville to focus on Christ and what really matters—and let that be the foundation for future ministry.

Speaking to hundreds of students and others participating in the annual ChurchLife Conference Oct. 20-21 at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, the senior pastors were on the program with dynamic speaker and blogger Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers; Philip Nation, LifeWay Christian Resources; and Tom Messer, senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.

Young refugees journey through trauma toward hope

EUROPE (IMB)—Many Afghan families, desperate for a better life, pay fortunes to a highly developed network of smugglers who help them escape difficult situations. Often they send their children alone to freedom before the rest of the family can follow.

A quick scan of a refugee center in southern Europe tells the story. The ratio of children to adults is about 11-to-1. A toddler wrestles with his mom, hoping to win the pencil she is using to take notes during a language class.

Hemphill: God fed soul amid cancer battles

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Paula Hemphill’s job was to look at cells through a microscope and help diagnose cancer. She never imagined she would one day be on the other side of the microscope as a patient.

She and her husband Ken were enjoying busy careers when their lives were turned upside down in 2006—Paula began experiencing a painful mass in her right breast.

NAMB commissions 67 new missionaries

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP)—The baptism of a new believer offered a tangible reminder of the purpose for a North American Mission Board missionary commissioning service at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga.

BCF announces Holiday Heritage festival

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The annual Holiday Heritage Festival, which kicks off the area holiday season, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, beginning at 12 p.m. in picturesque Heritage Village.

Crossover South Florida a ‘Global Gospel Delight’

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBC)—This year’s “Crossover South Florida” will take place in 14 venues across three counties and in more than six languages to reach diverse South Florida communities, where an estimated 95 percent of population do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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