November 4, 2010 Print Edition

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‘I trust our system as Baptists,’ Sullivan says of IIGCRTF report

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—“The outcome will be good.”

That’s the end result John Sullivan predicts about Florida Baptists’ deliberations on the report of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and its eventual implementation.

Editorial: ‘Remember the prisoners’

It’s not about you.

Author Rick Warren began his best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life, with this joltingly true statement. As widely read and celebrated as Warren’s book was, for far too many evangelical Christians in America this statement seemingly hasn’t penetrated their worldview and actions.

Point of View: Looking forward to seeing you during the Convention Nov. 7-9

It’s convention time! I love conventions, especially Baptist conventions and most especially, the Florida Baptist State Convention. Our dates are Sunday, Nov. 7, when the Pastors’ Conference begins, through Tuesday, Nov. 9. Our annual meeting will be called to order by President John Cross on Monday night, Nov. 8, at 6:15 p.m. We will hear wonderful preaching, glorious singing, and fellowship divine. We will have a great time. You need to be present.

Point of View: Engineering the Earth: From wacky to necessary?

The failure of Congress to pass “climate change” legislation has, as you might expect, prompted some strong reactions.

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman cites this failure in calling for the creation of a third political party that will allow us to do what’s needed to “move forward” as a country.

Ted Traylor honored on 20th anniversary at Olive Baptist

PENSACOLA (FBW)—As Olive Baptist Church recognized pastor Ted Traylor for his 20th anniversary as pastor of the Pensacola congregation, immediate past Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt urged the church to set the “next benchmark” for the future in a special Oct. 31 worship service. From heartfelt expressions of praise from pastoral peers and church members to good natured jabs from Southern Baptist Convention leaders, former staff and leading members of the reigning National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide, the special 90-minute service honored Traylor and his wife, Liz, nearly 20 years after they began at Olive.

Ocala mom stays strong for son in Afghanistan

OCALA (FBW)—Staring resolutely at a photo of her 22-year-old son Steven O’John, Theresa O’John speaks without emotion.

Steven, a combat infantrymen serving on the front lines in Afghanistan, called home recently to tell his mom he needed help filling out a 15-page “funeral report.”

Nine months after quake, Haiti relief turns corner from rescue to rebuild

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (FBC)—Walking up to a one-room, cement block house on the outskirts of Croix des Bouquet, Tommy Green “oohed” and “aahed” over a snugly wrapped newborn of a young Haitian.

It was a scorching hot day in October and Green had gone to visit one of the first families to move into a home recently constructed by Haitian laborers under the direction of the Florida Baptist Convention’s rebuilding effort in Haiti.

Northeast Florida churches take Gospel to ‘Ribeirinhos’ in Brazil

JACKSONVILE (FBW)—A team of 12 from Southern Baptist churches in Jacksonville, Winter Haven and Gainesville recently spent nine days on a mission trip taking the Gospel to the Ribeirinhos, the river people of the Amazon Basin.

Led by John T. Green IV, senior pastor of Shindler Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville, the team targeted villages in the Lake Sacambu area of the Amazon River west of Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Eva Kroon Pike sings about God’s grace

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Realizing she is the proof of God’s grace in the face of her parent’s long struggle with childlessness, Christian artist Eva Kroon Pike set out to honor them with a song and video chronicling the joy of adoption.

Encouraged by her congregation at First Baptist Church at Mall in Lakeland and leaders at the nearby Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Pike, 25, intertwined her own testimony into a song while highlighting the need for adoption by recently filming a music video at the FBCH campus in Jacksonville.

Reading much lately? Suggestions for gifts & givers

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Though its a fast-paced narrative by New York Times Bestseller Joel Rosenberg, the novel The Twelfth Iman is not to be dismissed as “just” pure fiction.

Based on current international events, the thriller explores Shia Islamic belief in “The Twelfth Iman” or “Mahdi” and how Iranian leadership’ faith in the Mahdi may actually hasten Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons in a effort to “wipe Israel off the map.”

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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Point of View: Blessings in Brandon

Imagine what is going to happen as we gather in Brandon.

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.

Naples community outreach involves oil rags & tire pressure

NAPLES (FBW)—Glancing around the parking lot at First Baptist Church in Naples, Rod Foster knew that many of the men changing oil, checking tire pressure, and doing minor repairs on the cars there typically take care of their own cars. What was different Oct. 23 is that they joined in the church’s second annual Car Care Ministry Day. It was a time to reach out to members of the community and provide something they are lacking.

Military suicides on the rise­­

­­NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The number of people in the U.S. military who have committed suicide has increased dramatically in recent years, with the Army alone battling a suicide rate that doubled between 2005 and 2009.

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