March 15, 2007 Print Edition

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Florida Evangelism Conference: 'The Cross' gives inspiration

BRANDON (FBC)—Steadfastly holding to the biblical truth, "The cross makes the difference," nearly 1,500 persons attending the Florida Baptist Evangelism Conference were challenged anew to reach their communities and state with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

New governor opens Florida legislative session

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With Florida's newly-elected Governor Charlie Crist on board, social conservatives will be eyeing the governor and Florida's lawmakers closely in the next two months—keeping watch especially on the Senate which has shifted to a more moderate stance after last year's election.

2007 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

KANSAS CITY, MO. (NAMB)—"The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering makes the thing that is impossible among us ... possible."

NAMB trustees to vote on Hammond, third-generation missionary

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—Missionary work has been part of Geoff Hammond's life from his earliest days. He was born on the mission field to British parents who were serving in Nigeria. His father was born in China to missionary parents.

Point of View

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)—Imagine a prominent conservative Christian publicly announcing that he has renounced heterosexuality and will henceforth and forever be homosexual. Add to the scenario the leader declaring he is dedicated to promoting the glory of gayness and encouraging others to become homosexual. Now try to imagine the mainstream media ignoring such an announcement.

Point of View

I had never watched an entire episode of Oprah until her program on The Secret. In the promo for the show, Oprah announced that the program would present "the secret" to making more money, losing weight, finding the love of your life and achieving job success.

Point of View

What difference does a worldview make? Around the world, we are seeing the clash of civilizations in action. In recent days, that clash has given us a story of life, and stories of death.

Florida Baptist women want pastors' help

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Do Florida pastors really understand the women in their congregation? In 2006, author Denise George and The Florida Baptist Witness conducted a statewide survey asking women what they want their pastor to know about women in the church. According to the survey results, here are the top three findings:

BCF conferences set in March, April

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville will host the annual Powell Lecture Series March 26-28 at 10 a.m. and the Annual Evangelism Conference April 9-10 at 10 a.m. in the R. G. Lee Chapel.

Lillian Isaacs, literacy pioneer, dies at 88 in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Lillian Isaacs, North American missionary and pioneer in literacy missions, died March 2 in Tallahassee. She was 88. She taught thousands of people to read through literacy programs in churches from Kentucky to Alaska, and promoted literacy missions in workshops for teachers nationwide.

Second Baptist Houston staff calls Florida Baptists to action with practical advice

BRANDON (FBC)—Citing statistics that Florida Baptists are baptizing the same number of new believers as they did 25 years ago, even as the state's population has doubled, Ed Young, pastor of Houston's Second Baptist Church, declared, "You are going out of business."

SWBTS officers may have meeting with McKissic

GRAPEVINE, Texas. (BP)—Responding to an inquiry by the Southern Baptist Texan, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board Chairman Van McClain confirmed plans for the board's officers to meet privately with Dwight McKissic of Arlington to address what McClain deemed possible trustee policy violations during McKissic's first year on the board.

SWBTS trustee officers, McKissic agree to meet

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)—In a joint announcement March 12, Arlington, Texas, pastor Dwight McKissic and the officers of the board of trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced they "have agreed to meet privately and confidentially" and "also agreed to table any recommended action against Rev. McKissic," a first-year board member.

Orlando couple among new missionaries

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP)—At the foot of Albuquerque's snow-capped Sandia Mountains at Hoffmantown Church, 128 new Southern Baptist missionaries and chaplains were commissioned for service by the North American Mission Board Feb. 25. It was the second-largest missionary commissioning in NAMB history.

March 25: God: The Divine Sociologist

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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