April 5, 2012 Print Edition

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Point of View: Making the list: Surprised, not surprised

When I was going through Watergate, my life was threatened repeatedly. And in the early years of my ministry with Prison Fellowship, the authorities had to monitor various individuals who had made threats against me.

Ocala pastor retires after 52 years ‘taking care of the sheep’

OCALA (FBW)—Pastor William “Bill” Terrell recently retired after serving Oakcrest Baptist Church in Ocala 35 years. His retirement was the culmination of a 52-year career in ministry to which he says he already anxious to return.

“My heart has always been in taking care of the sheep, loving and feeding them. It has always been the greatest desire of my heart,” he said.

‘I needed to take care of His sheep,’ pastor says of 35-year stay in his native Cuba

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Accused of being a spy for the American CIA in 1963, Nilo Dominguez Sr. asked Cuban police, “What is the CIA?”

Dominguez, one of 53 Baptist leaders and laypersons arrested 47 years ago—on April 8, 1965—was accused of conspiring to overthrow the Cuban government. He spent five years in a communist prison.

Editorial: Fred Luter, Trayvon Martin and the Gospel

Southern Baptists may make history in June—and the Gospel will be served immeasurably if they do.

Perhaps it will not be as societally transformative as when Jackie Robinson first took to the baseball diamond for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

IMB to mobilize Christian business leaders to ‘carry the light’

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP)—Within every Southern Baptist church there are people who can take the Gospel around the world—business professionals, IMB President Tom Elliff said.

Elliff announced a new component to the International Mission Board’s partnership with Southern Baptist churches during the March 20-21 trustee meeting at Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La.: “... a global, strategic mobilization of businessmen and women, corporate leaders across the [Southern Baptist] Convention ...”

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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Point of View: The Annual Church Profile (ACP)—A story of cooperation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Numbers are neither the reason the Southern Baptist Convention exists nor the best thing we do together. However, the Annual Church Profile (ACP) process exhibits the voluntary cooperation between local churches, associations, state conventions and the national entities.

Therefore, the participation rate among churches each year is an indication of our level of cooperation. Unfortunately, the indicators of cooperation are not heading in the right direction.

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.

Evangelism Conference challenged to speak ‘truth of Gospel’

PLANT CITY (FBC)—Approximately 700 laypeople and ministers from throughout the Sunshine State gathered March 25-27 for the 2012 Evangelism Conference, where they heard speaker after speaker challenge them to be personal soul-winners and lead their churches to develop a strategy to share the uncompromised Gospel with our increasingly lost state, nation and world.

The Conference kicked off on Sunday evening with a worship service in which Lieutenant General William (Jerry) Boykin challenged those attending the conference, “We have to speak the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truth doesn’t change because society changes.”

Celebrate Cooperative Program Sunday, April 22

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Southern Baptists across the nation will celebrate Cooperative Program Sunday April 22. It is a day that will recognize the efforts of Southern Baptists as they partner together in reaching the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Every cooperating Florida Baptist church is making a significant impact with the Gospel through its support of the Cooperative Program, said John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

God’s ‘Mercy’ Focus of FBCH Mother’s Day Offering

LAKELAND (FBCH)—On a warm fall evening, Mercy Miller walked confidently down the aisle at her adoption ceremony at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. With cameras flashing, she tried to hide her beaming smile as she greeted her new adopted family onstage.

It was an evening Mercy never thought possible when she was first placed on the Fort Myers campus of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes three years earlier. Her biological mother made some bad choices, which eventually led to her parental rights being terminated.

BCF to host 1-day church planting seminar

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Baptist College of Florida in Graceville on April 17, will host a Discovering Church Planting Seminar on the Graceville Campus from 12 - 4 p.m. (CST).

The Discovering Church Planting Seminar is a one-day event that helps prospective church planters understand and clarify their interest and call to church planting. Participants will learn from field-tested church planters as they share insights and apply lessons learned from working with church plants. The seminar is not only geared for individuals who are interested in church planting, but also for churches interested in sponsoring a new church and denominational/network staff who are interested in learning more about church planting.

Gas buy-down raises profile of ‘alternative church’

CAPE CORAL (FBW)—Saturday drivers did a double take in front of the gas pumps in their community March 17, and it wasn’t the high gas prices that caught them by surprise for a change—it was a temporary thirty-cent reduction.

The Way Church in Cape Coral organized a gas “buy down” at a local Shell station—turning back prices on regular and premium gas for two hours while more than 135 patrons pumped 1,554 gallons of the stuff that has skyrocketed in the recession.

Jimmy Carter discusses views on biblical inspiration, Gospel exclusivity, homosexuality

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—A prominent seminary president had the rare opportunity to engage a former president on his beliefs surrounding the importance and interpretation of the Bible.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., interviewed President Jimmy Carter on an edition of Mohler’s “Thinking in Public” podcast. Titled, “The Bible Meets the Modern Age: A Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter,” Mohler’s interview with Carter spanned almost an hour.

Atheist shocked when church helps with bills

ATHENS, Texas (BP)—The man who threatened to sue a Texas county for placing a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn has had a shift in perspective, dropped the lawsuit and now plans to move to the county with his wife and cat.

Patrick Greene, an atheist cab driver from San Antonio, had said he found the placement of the nativity unconstitutional and intended to use the legal system to force a judge to order its removal—that is, until he began losing his vision because of a detaching retina.

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