March 30, 2006 Print Edition

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Former U. S. Marine among 45 new missionaries

TAMPA (BP)–Forty-five “ordinary” Southern Baptists answered the call of their extraordinary God, signified during an International Mission Board appointment service March 22 at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.

Henry ends 28-year tenure at FBC Orlando

ORLANDO (FBW) – “If I had a thousand lives, I’d be a pastor,” Jim Henry said in a wide-ranging hour and half long interview March 21 with Florida Baptist Witness reflecting on nearly a half century of pastoral ministry and at the conclusion of more than 28 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Church members, leaders reflect on Henry’s ministry

ORLANDO (FBW) – The following are reflections by member of First Baptist Church, various SBC leaders and two political leaders on the life and ministry of Jim Henry, who retires March 31 as senior pastor.

NAMB task force responds to allegations

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Robert E. (Bob) Reccord, president of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, will work under several sets of “Executive Level controls” signaled by NAMB’s trustees during a special meeting March 23.

Point of View

If you are a Southern Baptist, what do you need to know about the Cooperative Program? Is it merely a way to support the denomination, or is it a relevant, viable process that makes a difference in people’s lives beginning where you live and extending around the world?

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Point of View

Heather Williams spent five years working as a pharmacist at a Target store in St. Louis. During that time, Target accommodated Williams’s desire not to take part in dispensing the morning-after pill – the drug that causes the abortion of an embryonic human being. But then Planned Parenthood threatened to boycott the Target chain over Williams’s employment – so Target fired her.

Point of View

Webster’s dictionary defines “theology” as “the study of the religious faith, practice and experience.” Generally speaking, theology is God (theo) talk (logy). We are doing theology when we talk about God.

Point of View

A few years ago our campus ministry at the University of South Florida was asked to host an EvangeCube Seminar for church leaders and to encourage our students to attend.

Filipino-American church in Miami celebrates 15 years

March 17 First Filipino-American Baptist Church in Miami Shores celebrated its 15th anniversary. The first such church in South Florida, it is the third in the life of Florida Baptists according to church administrator, Marion Faldas. Faldas reported the church grew with 17 new members and six baptisms in 2005. They have increased their giving to the Cooperative Program by 50 percent this year and have increased their annual budget by 50 percent. “Our current financial situation will now make it possible to pay off this property,” Faldas reported in giving a brief history of the church.

Don’t make Christ’s death commonplace, Conner warns

GRACEVILLE (BCF)–First Baptist Church of Panama City Pastor Craig Conner presented the annual Evangelism Conference at The Baptist College (BCF) of Florida’s Graceville campus March 6 – 8.

Florida author explores world religions, offers Christians guidelines in witnessing to followers of

GRAND RIDGE (FBW)–Bringing The Light into the Darkness of World Religions, published in 2005, was authored by Florida retired pastor William Hoopell. Subtitled “God’s Great Commission,” the work outlines the origins and beliefs of 12 major world religions.

NAMB examines conflict of interest, state relationships

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–A 19-page report by a task force of North American Mission Board trustees, while addressing allegations raised in an article by the Georgia Baptist state paper, notes:

NAMB trustee report assesses issues critical of SBC entity

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Evangelism and church planting will be at the forefront of the North American Mission Board’s work, a trustee task force has underscored in a 19-page report.

NAMB president, trustee officer, encourage employees

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–During a meeting with North American Mission Board employees March 24, NAMB president Robert E. (Bob) Reccord expressed appreciation for their “support, cooperation and prayers during some very, very tough days.”

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