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Daniel Webster, revered pro-family leader, declares for Congress

ORLANDO (FBW) – Just like when he first entered politics in 1980 because there was a problem to be solved, former Florida House speaker and state senator Daniel Webster said he sees a problem in Washington that can be solved only by running for office.

Traylor to be nominated SBC president in Orlando

PENSACOLA (FBW) – Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, will be nominated president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, fellow pastor Ed Litton told Florida Baptist Witness April 22.

Three months after quake, Haiti moves from tragedy to triumph in God’s hands

PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)—With 170,000 Buckets of Hope enroute, 85,000 professions of faiths, and 64 new churches, John Sullivan has declared it is “Hallelujah time in Haiti!”

“Only the Father knows the great impact for the Gospel that is emerging out of this earthquake,” said Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention. “He is allowing us to share in moving a nation from tragedy to triumph.”

Baptisms in Florida Baptist, Haiti churches reach historic numbers in 2009

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The baptismal waters of Florida Baptist churches were stirred by 37,137 new believers during the 2008-2009 church year, one of several growth indicators gleaned from the recently released Annual Church Profile.

Only twice in Florida Baptist State Convention history have Florida churches baptized more than they did in 2009—in 2000 when 37,559 baptisms were reported and 2002 with 37,234 recorded.

Gambling expansion passed, pro-family bills struggle late in session

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Florida Legislature has easily approved major gambling expansion legislation, sending the bill to the governor, after limited debate in the Senate and House in successive weeks.

Meanwhile, several bills of interest to pro-family leaders may not become law as the Legislature moves towards its April 30 scheduled adjournment of the session.

Editorial: Cursing the darkness is no Christian response

A Sarasota “doctor” had his medical license revoked by the Florida Board of Medicine this month for aborting the “wrong fetus” in 2006.

If Dr. Matthew J. Kachinas had successfully aborted the male, Down syndrome twin, rather than the female, “healthy” twin, he would still be murdering children with the state’s blessing.

Point of View: Remembering women on Mother’s Day

Munching donuts with students from a media writing lab I teach at the University of North Florida, I realized our Q&A had veered a little off-course and I was beginning to sound more like mom than a professor.

Point of View: A 15 percent challenge to benefit Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Despite the difficult economy and job situation in Florida, I want to challenge all Florida Baptists to give 15 percent more than last year to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. The following data shows why a 15 percent increase is the least we can do.

Point of View: Imagine If ... Great Commission Task Force

Thank you for praying for and encouraging the Imagine If Great Commission Task Force here in Florida. This group of dedicated missional men and women have literally been dreaming. Imagine If. We’ve spent time praying, researching, conversing, listening, learning, celebrating, giving thanks for our past, and dreaming of a bright future!

Point of View: ‘Just War’ and assassination

The Obama administration has targeted Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric, for assassination. Al-Awlaki has been linked to both the “underpants bomber” and the shootings at Fort Hood

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Sullivan presented scouting award for 50 years of service

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—An advocate for scouting for the past 50 years since he was a youth in West Virginia, John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, received the Silver Good Shepherd Cross and Staff award from the Association of Baptists for Scouting.

Building major theme of Kinchen’s 20 years at BCF

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—On the brink of closure when Tom Kinchen was called in 1990 to lead The Baptist College of Florida, the sixth president says the 20 years since have been marked with building, sometimes “against the stream.”

Next month Kinchen will mark the 20th anniversary of his election as president of Florida Baptists’ only institution of higher education, having long ago outlasted the trustees’ challenge to reverse the school’s fortunes or close it down in 18 months.

Taking care of Haiti’s children

PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)—As the sun goes down and shadows stretch deeply in the empty fields around the El Shaddai Children Home, the sound of children’s voices singing worship songs permeates the night.

As if on cue, like they have been just waiting for the singing to start, people living near the large house with the blue metal roof begin to wander over.

It has been this way since the earthquake, according to Marie Prinvil, director of El Shaddai, flashing a brilliant smile as if it was her plan all along.

Ray Newman to be 2nd VP nominee

HOSCHTON, Ga. (BP)—Ray Newman, ethics and religious affairs specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention, will be nominated as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Georgia evangelist announced April 16.

Tommy Fountain, who also is director of missions for Mulberry Baptist Association in Hoschton, Ga., said he will nominate Newman for the post during the SBC’s June 15-16 meeting in Orlando.

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