April 17, 2003 Print Edition

Back to Print Edition Archive

Missionary touches lives through World Changers

DALLAS-As a former vice president in the banking industry, Walter Mickels knows the value of a good investment. For the past four years his investments in the lives of young people participating in the North American Mission Board's World Changers program have been yielding eternal dividends.

A 'Gift of Love' for Iraqis sought from churches

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Fritz Wilson is scrambling to get the word out to Florida Baptists about the International Mission Board's "Gift of Love" project to feed the people of Iraq.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor may not reflect the views or opinions of the Witness. Letters may be mailed, faxed or submitted using our online form. Only letters marked clearly for publication, signed with address will be considered for use. Letters are subject to editing. Please limit letters to 250 words.


The sovereignty of God and man's free will are fundamental concepts in Baptist heritage. Baptists often have a difficult time defining themselves, because in part, we are Bible believers. We hold fast to the thought that no one-pope, prince or preacher-has a right to control our religious thoughts.


You've probably heard about or perhaps even known one of them. They once were respected members of their communities-bankers, teachers, ministers, nurses, doctors, police officers, etc. Their stories are varied, but they have one thing in common: Internet pornography use has forever changed their careers, their families and their relationships. It has sent some to prison.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Florida Focus

A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please send materials at least three weeks before the date of the event, to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207, fax 904-346-0696 or submitted using our online form. Items received after deadline may appear in our exclusive on-line version.

New Florida Baptist churches

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started six new churches in March.

Hemphill leaving SWBTS to lead SBC's 'Kingdom' strategy

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)-Kenneth S. Hemphill announced his retirement as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary April 8 to take a new position as national strategist for the Southern Baptist Convention's "Empowering Kingdom Growth" movement.

Abortion clinic regs pass muster

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) - The House Subcommittee on Health Standards adopted by a vote of 6-3 the Women's Health and Safety Act (HB 219) April 10. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), requires the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to make rules requiring abortion clinics to meet certain health and safety standards. Currently, second trimester abortion facilities are not regulated by AHCA.

Churches minister to troops

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-A candle has been lit in the sanctuary of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola each Sunday morning since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

NAMB missionaries with Florida ties appointed

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (FBW)-Five missionaries with ties to Florida have been appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board.

Traditional methods, contemporary models produce Florida Baptists' near record year in baptisms

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Only once in their history have Florida Baptists brought more souls into the flock by baptism than they did in 2002.

Top Churches

Top 25 Churches by Number of Baptisms
Top 17 Churches by Baptism Ratio

Special Reports