February 10, 2005 Print Edition

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Football provides platform for Pats players to express faith

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-When all is said and done, there are more important things than this year’s Super Bowl XXXIX, according to New England Patriots linebacker defensive back Don Davis.

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Super Bowl XXXIX was a baptism by fire into the big leagues for Jacksonville and for many of its natives like me.

Maguire offering strong in spite of storms

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—For the third time in history Maguire State Mission Offering receipts in 2004 surpassed the million dollar mark as Florida Baptists gave $1,002,196.29 to the annual mission offering.

JAX youth plays in NFL Global Junior Championships prior to Super Bowl XXXIX

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Highly paid football professionals were not the only players to take to the gridiron during Super Bowl week in Jacksonville. High school football players from five nations competed in the 9th annual NFL-sponsored Global Junior Championship.

Tampa retiree helps build base station in tsunami devastation

SOUTH ASIA (FBW)—Ernest Buchanan, a member of Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, traveled to South Asia with a group of 13 from Germantown, Tenn. The group arrived in the tsunami-affected area January 16 and returned to the U.S. 11 days later.

Annie Armstrong missions offering sets record; up 8.5%

ATLANTA, Ga. (BP)—Southern Baptists gave a record $53,845,989 to last year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, exceeding the previous year’s offering by 8.5 percent and nearly reaching the national goal of $54 million.

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“Does Bush Owe the Religious Right?”

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“Bishop Spong is the leading voice within modern progressive Christianity, attempting to make Christianity relevant to today’s world,” said Dixon Sutherland, director of Stetson University’s Institute for Christian Ethics. He went on to declare, “The exposure of students to probably the most formative leader of progressive thinking within Christianity today is an important part of our educational mission.”

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State Collegiate Retreat at Lake Yale to focus on spiritual restoration

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Students from universities across Florida will gather at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Feb. 25-27 for a weekend of spiritual restoration and recreational activities. The 2005 State Collegiate Retreat is open to church college groups, students involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and college-aged individuals interested in attending. Evening worship celebrations will feature keynote speaker Greg Pinkner, teaching pastor at Fellowship Church in Knoxville, and music by the Ben Davis Project. The weekend’s activities will center on the theme “Your First Love” based on Revelation 2:2-4.

Disaster relief training scheduled at eight regional sites in 2005

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–The Florida Baptist Men’s Department will sponsor eight regional training sessions for persons interested in participating in the state disaster relief ministry.

Team-building conference equips ministry leaders through hands-on training

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Creating a dynamic ministry that fulfills God’s work through team development is the focus of the “Building Powerful Ministry Teams” conference held at The Church of Pembroke Pines, Pembroke, Feb. 24. During this one-day event, Bob Bumgarner, director of the Florida Baptist Convention Office of Leadership Development will address defining the common purpose of a team, establishing clear roles, working together and crafting strong relationships with team members.

New Bible Study Summit offers Sunday School leaders age-specific training

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–A one-day meeting focused on cultivating “A Heart for all People” through Sunday School and small group programs will be held at First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, March 12. The South Florida Bible Study Summit, held in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French-Creole, will feature culturally specific training providing insights and teaching tools for Bible study leaders in diversely populated South Florida communities. Spanish sessions will be held jointly with English sessions at First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach. Portuguese sessions will be held at Primeira Igreja Batista Brasileira do sul da Florida, Pompano Beach, and French-Creole conferences will be held at Redemption Baptist Church in Pompano Beach.

Florida Baptist Historical Society seeks Heritage Award nominees

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–The Florida Baptist Historical Society invites nominations for the annual Heritage Award. Nominees may be living or deceased. The nominee should be a person who has exhibited rare and unusual dedication to the cause of Florida Southern Baptist history and one who has made a significant impact through such means as writing Baptist history, teaching Baptist history, and/or promoting the importance of Florida Southern Baptist history.

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