November 8, 2012 Print Edition

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Uth: Florida Baptists need to ‘embrace’ change instead of just ‘talking about it’

ORLANDO (FBW)—A lack of “passionate consensus” among Florida Baptists for some of the changes recommended by the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence Task Force concerns David Uth, outgoing Florida Baptist State Convention president.

“While we are moving ahead” with implementing the IIGCRTF recommendations, “I just wish there was more of a consensus—passionate consensus—that, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this. We’ve got to do this. This is great. Yes, it’s hard, but we’re going to do this,’” Uth said in an Oct. 30 interview with Florida Baptist Witness.

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers anticipate joining massive Sandy effort

LEESBURG (FBC/FBW)—Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were asked to stand down Nov. 3 after plans to involve the state convention’s two mobile kitchens in feeding efforts in the New York area were scrapped when power was restored to the east coat earlier than anticipated following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

About 60 volunteers in three locations around the state stood by for several hours before being told they would be “in reserve” to back-up 15 other states’ feeding units already in the Northeastern states, according to Terry Ryan, ministry associate in Florida’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Team.

Editorial: Truly being ‘People of the Book’

Southern Baptists are “People of The Book.”

By that, this oft-repeated claim contends that Southern Baptists are committed to the Bible. We believe it to be true, “without any mixture of error,” as our Baptist Faith and Message says. We pattern our doctrinal convictions according to the Word of God as the “supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried,” again, according to the BFM.

Point of View: Christianity isn’t dying, cultural Christianity is

NASHVILLE (BP)—You’ve heard it suggested the United States is simply Europe on a 50 year delay. Supposedly most churches will be museums before our grandchildren reach adulthood.

Point of View: The irreducible tenets of a 5-Point Baptist preacher

I am often asked about my theological position—especially in the current climate of discussion concerning theological systems among Southern Baptists. I have been approached–sometimes positively, other times negatively–about my theological stance with questions such as: “Are you a 5-Point, 3-Point?” “Are you quasi some other theological persuasion?”

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.

Point of View: Calvinism on grace

Calvinists and Arminians agree on many points of theology. Both groups affirm the necessity of God’s grace for the salvation of humans. Regrettably, Arminians and Calvinists depart company in understanding grace beyond the common agreement of the necessity of God’s underserved grace. Arminians affirm God extends grace to every individual, a grace that enables the believer to respond to the Gospel invitation, while humans may resist God’s gracious call to salvation. Calvinists, on the other hand, distinguish between two kinds of grace: a general call to salvation that humans resist and an irresistible grace, or efficacious grace, that actually brings an individual to salvation.

Point of View: Prisoners’ children need you: Volunteer for Angel Tree

It was back in 1997, when I was practically a kid writer here at BreakPoint, that I first heard about Prison Fellowship’s amazing Angel Tree program.

BCF hosts Embrace Conference

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—How do you improve upon a three-day mission’s conference featuring a dozen mission agencies, dynamic worship experiences, and a challenge to win the world to Christ? By ending the week with an additional dozen representatives from the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Jacksonville churches combine efforts for Upward Flag Football & Cheerleading

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Hogan Baptist Church in Jacksonville has been a center for church league sports since the mid-1970’s. In a new venture, the church has offered its 13-acre campus on the city’s southside to host the Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading program of First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville.

Hogan Baptist Pastor Peter Copeland said the partnership was “just one of those word of mouth things.”

FBCH packs clothes, diapers and cribs for Guatemalan orphans

LAKELAND (FBCH)—Florida Baptist Children’s Homes staff and board members met inside a shipping container recently to inventory and load donated diapers and clothing into a shipping container headed to the Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Guatemala.

The center, in partnership with Orphan’s Heart, provides food, clothing, housing and medical care for underprivileged children. Volunteers also loaded cribs Florida churches dropped off for FBCH to transport overseas. Many of the cribs are in almost-new condition but can no longer be used in the U.S. due to changes in safety standards.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering asks Southern Baptists to be ‘His heart, His hands, His voice’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Stories for the 2012 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Week of Prayer the Florida Baptist Witness will include in the next several issues of the paper remind Florida Baptists that engaging people groups in the hard places comes with risk and sacrifice, not just for missionaries but also for all who obediently choose to be His heart, His hands, His voice.

Nepalese pastors brave threats and bombs to see Christ’s name glorified in the Himalayas. Believers in West Africa bury a Christian woman, uniting in a strong witness to the Songhai community that refused her a proper burial.

Acts 17:16-31: November 25—Hit the streets

Have you noticed how differently an innocent phrase can mean to someone else? In some Muslim dominated cultures, to hit the streets could be a call to incite a riot to protest some perceived insult. To us, however, it calls for us to get involved in an attempt to correct by peaceful means, perhaps by the ballot box, a trend or condition we believe can be harmful in some way. Good examples could be the harm caused by drug addiction, the tragedy of broken homes, or inept teaching in the public schools. In a time when our country faces major changes in social and moral standards, we are helpless to address personally most of the problems. How shall we decide what to do? Our text for today can offer guidance for us.

Exodus 6:2-8; 15:1-3, 11-13: December 2—Yahweh Our God

For the benefit of our younger Christians an explanation of the word Yahweh may be helpful. First, we note a characteristic of the ancient Hebrew language in that the alphabet had no vowels. Further, some of the consonants do not have precise English equivalents. To illustrate, in the most exalted name for God, the four consonants could be JHVH, JHWH, YHVH, or YHWH.

REVIEW: Christmas selections to inspire, teach & entertain

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Just in time for Christmas is a wonderful assortment of books and videos from various publishers aimed to inspire, teach and entertain.

Gospel music lovers everywhere will enjoy The Gaither Homecoming Bible. It is the highly anticipated new project from Bill & Gloria Gaither, released in early October by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Presented in the New King James text, it features 75 hymns and gospel songs that fully describe their connection to Scripture, 230 exclusive devotionals from Homecoming artists, 20 original poems by Gloria Gaither, and a custom Gaither Homecoming Bible reading plan that will guide readers on a Homecoming journey through the Scriptures.

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