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Cross to be nominated for second term as FBSC president

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Florida Baptist State Convention president John Cross will be nominated for a second term, Brandon minister Bob Anderson told Florida Baptist Witness Nov. 2.

Editorial: A hate crimes victory only the beginning for ‘gay rights’ agenda

“It certainly does not end today.”

In that simple sentence uttered by President Barack Obama at an Oct. 28 White House reception celebrating his signing into law of the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act,” is a portend of the dangerous public policy agenda of the homosexual lobby—and our president’s promise to seek advancement of that program.

Point of View: Cooperation—Centerpiece of unity for Southern Baptists

This concludes a four week series on cooperation, looking at it from conviction, doctrine and through the principle of willingness.

WWII POW recalls capture in Ardennes Forest

Throughout the story in italics are excerpts from Joseph William Plappert’s personal account of the Battle of the Bulge, The Long Journey, which was handwritten by his wife, Lois Plappert.

Point of View: The bad news of the Gospel

We have always thought of the Gospel as good news. In fact, the Greek word evangelion, which is translated “Gospel,” literally means “good news.” And certainly the fact that Jesus Christ died and rose again to give us salvation and victory over sin is good news, indeed!

Retired Florida pastor/lobbyist saved from death in Ardennes by Army ‘angels’

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—D.J. (Dean) Abernathy, retired Florida pastor and Florida Baptist Convention lobbyist, was injured during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, and he says at least two angels saved him from death. The angels, an Army medic and a surgeon, stepped in to save the young infantryman whom an aid station doctor had pronounced a hopeless case.

Cross to be nominated for second term as FBSC president

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Florida Baptist State Convention president John Cross will be nominated for a second term, Brandon minister Bob Anderson told Florida Baptist Witness Nov. 2.

Point of View: Fresh Ideas—Creatively thankful

Looking for creative ways for your church to celebrate Thanksgiving? Try one of these:

Point of View: Everyone stop breathing—Global warming and CO2

It was kind of a cool summer, wouldn’t you say? And those folks enjoying the early snows out west this fall, well, they might actually be praying for a little global warming.

State execs offer GCR task force vision, views

DALLAS (BP)—In what might be arguably the most significant meeting yet for the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, 22 executive directors of Southern Baptist state conventions met with them Oct. 27, to offer some competing, some complementing views and vision about the Southern Baptist Convention and what is needed for a Great Commission resurgence.

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.

Pastor, 96, spends lifetime ‘helping churches get on their feet again’

BRANFORD (FBW)—Oliver Everett “O.E.” Boals, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Branford, has served Florida Baptist churches 78 years in cities and communities from Lake Placid to Jacksonville. He has preached in 13 states, in South Africa, and has “done more revival meetings than a full-time evangelist,” he said.

First Person: Honoring a youth pastor turned evangelist

Growing up experiencing ministry my whole life, sometimes I like to think I have all these ministers figured out. You know how they all wear the button-up shirts tucked into their khaki slacks that are probably pulled up a little too high? Most of them could possibly be mistaken for politicians since they always insist on speaking to everyone when they walk into a restaurant, a grocery store, or about anywhere.

Liberty Counsel fights for Santa Rosa County teachers in religious liberty case

ORLANDO (FBW)—The Santa Rosa County School District and the American Civil Liberties Union in December are together opposing a motion on behalf of Christian Educator’s Association International in a federal court case involving religious expression and prayer.

Jax businessman takes Experiencing God to heart

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Three years ago Jacksonville businessman Carldon Lahey made a contribution to Wolfson Children’s Hospital after reading a story about an 18-year-old patient with bone cancer who was raising money to help the hospital. That gift was the first step in beginning Christ’s Starfish Foundation to help children in pediatric hospitals and families of non-cancer pediatric patients.

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