March 11, 2010 Print Edition

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JAX Pastors’ Conference steers ministers through ‘uncharted waters’

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.”

Helping Haiti families, one bucket at a time

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.

Chaplain nurtures Gospel seeds

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.

Sharing coffee & Good News at the Winter Games

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.

A skater’s ‘extra grace’

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.

Faith made Kelly Clark’s snowboarding ‘a lot more free’

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.

In Chile, Baptist relief assessment underway

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.

Missionary’s witness in Vancouver is full of surprises, opportunities

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.

‘The Pin Man’ makes Christ known at Winter Games

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.

Floyd presents GCR task force 'progress report' to SBC Executive Committee

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.

Spiritual harvest reaps 40,127 Haitian salvations after earthquake

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).

Bunkley ‘holding the line’ as Legislature convenes

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.

Floyd: GCR is 'missional impact movement'

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.

Editorial: In defense of ideological opposition to gambling

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."

AAEO: Colorado Springs not a ‘Christian mecca’ missionaries say

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NAMB)—What could be better than serving as a North American Mission Board missionary in picturesque Colorado Springs? After all, the city of 380,000 backs up to the base of snow-capped, 14,000 feet-tall Pikes Peak on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.

Money and Outside magazines have both deemed it as No. 1 on the list of the best places to live in the United States. It’s perceived as a Christian “mecca” and nicknamed “The Evangelical Vatican” because so many evangelical Christian organizations are headquartered here—Focus on the Family, The Navigators, the International Bible Society and Young Life, just to mention a few.

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