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JACKSONVILLE (FBW) – “Thank you saints of God at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville for letting me be with you these 23 plus years and you and I sharing together some glimpses of glory,” an emotional Jerry Vines told his congregation and visitors Feb. 7 while slowly leaving the sanctuary, ending his final sermon as pastor.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Thom S. Rainer began his tenure as LifeWay Christian Resources’ ninth president by stating that the 115-year-old organization stands at a crossroads.
The Baptist association, founded in 1707, is the oldest organized unit of Baptist life beyond the church. In 2007, the Baptist association will celebrate 300 years of existence. The association remains as an essential link in the ministry of Florida Baptists and continues to be vital and relevant in Baptist life. The association is worthy of prayer and support.
What we saw recently in the Islamic demonstrations over the Danish cartoons of Muhammad was another vivid depiction of the difference between Muhammad and Christ, and what it means to follow each. Not all Muslims approve the violence. But a deep lesson remains: The work of Muhammad is based on being honored and the work of Christ is based on being insulted. This produces two very different reactions to mockery.
When church music directors lead the congregation in singing some praise music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We had been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called, “Draw Me Close to You.” The song has zero theological content and could be sung in a nightclub, for that matter. When I thought it was finally and mercifully over, the music leader beamed at us and said in a cheerful voice, “Let’s sing that again, shall we?” “No!” I shouted loudly. Heads all around me spun while my wife cringed
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GRACEVILLE (BCF)–The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) will host the annual Evangelism Conference March 6 - 8 at its Graceville campus. The conference, designed to bring attention to the importance of spreading the Good News, will be held at 10 a.m. each day in the R. G. Lee Chapel.