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JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—With 70 breakout sessions, more than two dozen well-known speakers, and free daycare, the 24th annual Pastors’ Conference at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville brought a variety of topics to the table early this year with its theme: “Navigating Ministry in Uncharted Waters.”
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—University of North Florida student Joseph Lentz has traveled on mission trips to Haiti five times, leading Bible schools, playing games with children and doling out peanut butter sandwiches and bags of rice.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (BP)—From yards away, Lyndon Rush’s red coat and tall frame are easy to spot among tourists, skis and snowboards. They’ve come to Whistler—an Olympic event venue near Vancouver—to ski, relax, shop and watch elite athletes like Rush, Canada’s top bobsled driver.
VANCOUVER (BP)—Making an impact at the Olympics means serving others beyond what they are expecting.
“I’m a Christian. Isn’t this what we’re supposed to do?” asked Irina State, a member of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas and part of Eastern European Connection, a Las Vegas church plant.
VANCOUVER (BP)—With only 30 feet to go in her 1000-meter race at the U.S. speedskating championships in December, Rebekah Bradford’s Olympic dreams seemed to tumble away when she suffered a nasty fall.
VANCOUVER (BP)—Kelly Clark wasn’t about to sit back and let her life fall to pieces. The Olympic athlete should have been excited with the direction her life was taking, but she wasn’t. So one night, she walked up to a fellow snowboarder’s hotel room and knocked on the door.
SANTIAGO, Chile (BP)—Despite logistical difficulties, Southern Baptist workers are responding to help those suffering from an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked central Chile early Feb. 27.
With highways cracked, bridges collapsed and the international airport closed, travel to and through Chile is greatly limited. But missionaries from the International Mission Board's Mapuche indigenous team, which ministers to the Mapuche people in South America, began moving out March 2 from Temuco to assess needs in the worst-hit areas. Temuco is about 130 miles south of quake-ravaged Concepción, Chile's second largest city.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BP)—After eight Olympics and nearly three decades in ministry, Debbie Wohler still discerns God’s work in hindsight like the rest of us.
In a matter of minutes on a stroll in downtown Vancouver, she has a dozen interactions that could change her life, or theirs. But only God knows.
VANCOUVER (BP)—Barely noticeable on a lapel, a pin carries weight at the Olympics, which is why Sid “The Pin Man” Hopkins was standing near a SkyTrain station’s escalator in downtown Vancouver—his vest, hat, coat and lanyard forming a mosaic of pins from around the world.
NASHVILLE (FBW) – When Southern Baptists meet in Orlando in June they will be faced with the choice of retreating to the past, preserving the present, or rising to a future of advancing the Gospel to the nations, Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Chairman Ronnie Floyd told the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 22 in Nashville.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (FBC) - A reported 40,127 Haitians have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ since the Jan. 12 earthquake hit the impoverished nation, according to pastors and the director of missions of the Confraternite Missionaire Baptiste d’Haiti (CMBH).
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—A projected $3 billion budget deficit will dominate this year's state legislative session – increasing the threat that a gambling expansion for the Sunshine State may be in the making, according to Florida Baptist Convention Legislative Consultant Bill Bunkley.
NASHVILLE (FBW)—The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force hopes to spark a "missional impact movement," not a denominational reorganization, Ronnie Floyd said in a wide-ranging interview with state Baptist newspaper editors Feb. 23. Floyd sat down for the hour-long interview the morning after presenting a "progress report" on the work of the GCRTF to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee on Feb. 22. The interview was with the editors of Illinois Baptist, Southern Baptist TEXAN, Baptist Messenger in Oklahoma, and Florida Baptist Witness.
Our problem-solver-in-chief who occupies the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee rebuked ideological opponents of all sorts in his March 2 State of the State Address, arguing that Florida's challenges will not be fixed by public officials adhering to dogmatic principles but by those who are committed to "realism."