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Imagine If Task Force releases ‘rough draft’ of ‘priorities’

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) – A listing of “priorities” for the Florida Baptist Convention was released today by the Imagine If Great Commission Task Force on the group’s website.

Pro-life bill endangered by possible Crist veto

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Pro-family groups are rallying their forces to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to sign a bill that contains two pro-life provisions, while one news outlet reports the governor has “very serious concerns,” pointing to a possible veto.

Point of View: The Gulf of Mexico and the Care of Creation

As I type this, I am looking out at the Gulf of Mexico. You could have seen a similar sight out the window of the hospital where I was born, just a few miles down the road here on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Now, though, those waters I grew up with, gently lapping against the sand, are threatening to bring with them millions of gallons of oil, spewing up from an exploded rig out in the Gulf. Five years after Hurricane Katrina leveled this hometown of mine, it is bracing for the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States.

Richard Barber, former Convention staffer, dies at 83

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Richard Martin Barber, 83, died May 1 in Gaffney, S.C. Barber, the former director of the Church Annuity Promotion Department for the Florida Baptist Convention retired in 1991 after serving the Convention for 20 years.

GCRTF final report calls for ‘new spirit of Great Commission commitment’

ORLANDO (FBW)—The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force released on May 3 its final report, including seven recommendations framed as motions to be presented for consideration at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando on June 15.

The 27-page report includes 10 pages of “challenges” directed at individual Southern Baptists and their families, as well as churches and pastors, associations, state conventions, SBC entities and “all Southern Baptist leaders.”

Editorial: Is Gov. Charlie Crist really pro-life?

The most important pro-life public policy gains in Florida history are in jeopardy because Gov. Charlie Crist, who says he’s “pro-life,” has “very serious concerns” about the legislation recently adopted by the Florida Legislature.

Florida Baptist DR ready to respond to potential oil spill, floods

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—As Florida residents anxiously wait to see if the massive oil spill threatening the state’s Panhandle communities will damage their livelihood, environment, and way of life, more than 5,000 Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers stand ready to respond.

Florida Baptist leader Eddie Blackmon said he told the Department of Homeland Security May 4 the states’ giant group Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are well prepared to assist in the clean-up effort with feeding units and shower/laundry units if they are needed.

Point of View: FIRST PERSON—A mother's mission field

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—What is it about spring that drives a mom to cleaning, organizing and general home maintenance? Perhaps it is the desire for a fresh start after a dark winter, or it could be the longing for our homes to be as bright and carefree as the world around us.

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.

Point of View: Why ethics matter—The SEC vs. Goldman Sachs

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, charging that the investment bank “sold invest­ors a subprime-mortgage investment that was secretly designed to lose value.”

CNN’s Cooper: Flood response ‘incredible’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The flood relief work of one Southern Baptist church in Nashville was featured May 6 by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who applauded the state’s response and said he’s “never seen” such an outpouring of volunteers following a natural disaster.

Cooper broadcast live Thursday night from the Nashville community of Bellevue, which was hit hard by the May 1-2 disaster that dropped more than 13 inches of rain over 48 hours, nearly doubling the two-day record and flooding creeks and rivers. Davidson County, where Nashville resides, and 26 other counties in West and Middle Tennessee have been declared major disaster areas by the federal government. Thousands of homes were flooded and sustained major damage.

Mount Dora, Brandon youth win top honors at State Bible drill & speakers’ tourney

ORLANDO (FBC)—Three young men took the titles for the youth and high school 2010 State Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament April 24 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

Danny Sullivan and Matthew Guy, members of First Baptist Church in Mount Dora, received top honors in the statewide Bible drill competition. Matthew Harper of South Brandon Worship Center won the Youth Speaker’s Tournament.

SBC PREVIEW: GCRTF report tops SBC annual meeting agenda

ORLANDO (BP)—The final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force will highlight the Southern Baptist Convention’s 153rd annual meeting when the two-day event convenes June 15 in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

The report, released May 3 at www.pray4gcr. com, has been the centerpiece of discussion in Southern Baptist circles since messengers at the 2009 meeting in Louisville, Ky., authorized the SBC president to appoint a task force. The public conversation intensified when the GCRTF released a preliminary version of its report Feb. 22, with some hailing it as innovative and others expressing concerns that it would negatively impact cooperation with state conventions and hurt giving through the SBC’s Cooperative Program.

SBC PREVIEW: Pastors’ conference to launch national campaign promoting adoption

ORLANDO (BP)—Under the banner of “Greater Things,” the 2010 SBC Pastors’ Conference will explore the prospect of a bright future for Southern Baptist pastors, their churches and the denomination, conference president Kevin Ezell says. The program also will feature the launch of a national campaign to help pastors adopt children.

“This is a critical time in the life of our convention,” said Ezell, president of the Pastors’ Conference and senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. “We’re thankful for the past, but we really do believe the best is yet to come and God has greater things for us as a convention and, hopefully, for ministers—in their personal lives, in their ministries, and in our mission as a whole. That’s what each of the sessions will be about.”

SBC PREVIEW: NAAF returns to city of origin

ORLANDO (BP)—The church where the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention held its first official gathering in 1994 will be the site of the Sunday evening worship service that begins NAAF’s 2010 annual meeting.

NAAF’s annual worship will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Tangelo Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., where Andrew Pollard is pastor. “LoveLoud through the Great Commission,” the theme of the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, also will be the theme for NAAF’s annual meeting.

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