March 6, 2008 Print Edition

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On-the-spot baptisms let people obey God 'now' in Coral Springs church

CORAL SPRINGS (FBW)—Soggy, but smiling, a young man went home from Church by the Glades in Coral Springs after an impromptu baptism. The high schooler's spontaneous decision to get baptized minutes after he became a believer catalyzed what has become an annual event at the church, said Pastor David Hughes.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

HONOLULU, Hawaii (NAMB)—For most Americans and even for world travelers, Hawaii is the ultimate, exotic tourist destination. After all, it's paradise.

Bunkley outlines Florida Baptists' legislative concerns

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With the "moderately-positioned tone" of Gov. Charlie Crist, pro-family organizations in Tallahassee will take a mostly defensive posture during this year's legislative session attempting to stop harmful legislation, while seeking "limited" opportunities to advance good bills, according to Bill Bunkley, legislative consultant for the Florida Baptist Convention.

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In this new phase of my ministry and life, I am able to spend a bit more time listening to someone else preach sermons on Sunday. On those special occasions when I am in town, my wife and I sit in the pew and listen to the message of our pastor, Mike Glenn, at Brentwood Baptist Church.

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It was apparent by the packed church in the heartland of America that Betty Jo Lewis was a sweetheart of a woman. Memorialized on Feb. 14, the former first lady of the Home Mission Board held court at First Baptist Church in Centralia, Missouri where her beloved knight in shining armor, Larry Lewis, was plucked from a nearby farm and brought to church as a young boy.

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It has often been described as the most popular and most influential book ever published—after the Bible, that is. Yet many literary critics of its time treated it with scorn. Its author was simply a humble Puritan minister who wrote it while imprisoned for his faith. He was not even sure if he should publish it.

Florida F.A.I.T.H. Riders bike for Christ in Lakeland

LAKELAND (FBC)—The thunderous roar of engines rumbled, the ground began to quake, the smell of exhaust fumes filled the air as 207 Christian motorcycle bikers rode two-by-two through the streets of Lakeland.

'God's lead' takes Estero church from surviving to thriving

ESTERO (FBW)—Four years ago the dozen members attending First Baptist Church in Estero considered closing the church but a faithful few prayed the church would survive. Today, the congregation not only survives, but thrives in its southwest Florida community.

Northeast Florida church actors, musicians mount Passion Play for Easter

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—After only six months as minister of music at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Jim Whitmire is heading up an Easter pageant involving hundreds of musicians, actors and crewmembers. The Passion Play will be staged in the church's 10,000-seat worship center March 14-16.

Mother speaks for life after daughter's death during abortion

SANDWICH, Mass. (BP)—When Laura Hope Smith requested extra spending money, her mother Eileen—of Orlando—had no idea she planned to use it for an abortion—nor that it would be their last conversation.

Winter Olympics stirs Baptists to action

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada (BP)—Baptist leaders in Vancouver are planning outreach efforts surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympics that they hope will lead to additional churches in the Canadian city.

Beijing: A city of opportunity

BEIJING, China (BP)-The sign at the park's entrance said much. It was the social contract for Beijing.

Fu receives ERLC religious freedom award

WASHINGTON (BP)—Bob Fu, a leading advocate for the persecuted church in his native China, received a Southern Baptist religious freedom award during a ceremony at the Library of Congress Feb. 7.

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