May 26, 2005 Print Edition

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Ministers’ wives program to debut at SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–While pastors gather for their annual conference prior to the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn., wives of ministers have the opportunity to attend a Monday morning session, June 20, at the Ryman Auditorium from 8:30 to 11:45 designed to meet their needs.

Music City welcomes 500 Florida musicians at SBC

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–America’s Music City is set to host nearly 500 Florida musicians from Daytona Beach and Tampa during the SBC in June. Florida pastors Bobby Welch and Ken Whitten will have the encouraging presence of their own church choirs when they speak at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 21-22 in Nashville.

Jerry Vines pledges to stay busy after 23 years as First Baptist, Jax pastor

JACKSONVILLE (BP)–Jerry Vines will remain busy after he retires from First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, next February.

Three generations look back, look ahead

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - Jerry Vines recently announced that he will retire next February as senior pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. Vines has been in the ministry for almost 50 years. Along the way, one measure of his success can be found in the many young men he has encouraged to pursue their passions of preaching and the ministry.

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Every preacher should know who calls—God! What He called us to do—preach! What He called us to preach—the Gospel.

Point of View

Have you ever thought about the fact that the “good” on the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was just as deadly as the “evil”? Indeed, without its good the tree would have lost its allure and ceased from posing a threat to anyone. Not even the subtle serpent could have enticed someone to sin against God by picking foul fruit from a repulsive tree for their dining pleasure. To be deadly the tree had to be desirable and to be desirable it had to at least appear to be good (Genesis 3:6).

Point of View

Same-sex “marriage” advocates know better than to try to push their cause on all of the people all at once—two-thirds of Americans oppose it. In most places, they are now taking it one little step at a time. Maryland has taken its first step in that direction.

FBC Orlando extends call to Uth as future senior pastor

ORLANDO (FBW)–First Baptist Church, Orlando, called David Uth as co-pastor and next senior pastor May 15. He will assume leadership of the 12,500-member congregation upon the retirement of current senior pastor Jim Henry.

Asian, Haitian churches join FBC

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 13 new churches in April 2005.

Leaders say federal marriage amendment needed

WASHINGTON (BP)–When a federal marriage amendment failed in Congress last year, a number of senators – including Democrat Joseph Lieberman and Republican John McCain – opposed it on the grounds that states should be able to decide the issue on their own.

Florida Focus

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The Loved One offered free to military families by author who wants to support America’s troo

CAMDENTON, Mo. (BP)–Author Catherine Palmer has come up with a “novel” way to support America’s armed forces in this time of war by offering a free copy of a novel she coauthored, The Loved One, to every military family that requests one.

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