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Longtime Pensacola pastor, James Lee Pleitz, dies at 82

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PENSACOLA (FBW)-James Lee Pleitz, 82, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Pensacola, died May 15. He served First Baptist Church 1959-1977 before moving to Dallas where he led Park Cities Baptist Church 17 years. After his retirement, he returned to Pensacola in 1994.

Greater Orlando Baptist Association calls Tom Cheyney as DOM

ORLANDO (FBW)-The Greater Orlando Baptist Association called Thomas “Tom” Cheyney Jr., 53, as its new executive director of missions May 19 by unanimous vote in a special called meeting of its executive board. Cheyney currently is team leader for the resource delivery team in church planting for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board.

Complaint against Riqa Bary attorney recommended for dismissal

ORLANDO (FBW) – The Florida Bar is recommending dismissal of a complaint against pro-family leader John Stemberger associated with his defense of former Muslim Rifqa Bary, according to a May 19 news release by Stemberger.

Retired Florida pastor, Ted Rodda, 89, dies

PALATKA (FBW)-Ted A. Rodda, Sr., 89, of died May 20, at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine following an extended illness. He is survived by Lucille Price Rodda of Palatka, his wife of 63 years.

Cloer to lead task force in support of Bunkley’s Tallahassee work

ORLANDO (FBW)—Clayton Cloer, a prominent Florida Baptist pastor, will chair a task force of pastors to investigate the continuation of Bill Bunkley’s advocacy work in Tallahassee, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando confirmed May 19.

Editorial: May 21, 2011, and another important day to come

May 21 will never be the same again.

This day is not now special because a false prophet’s prediction of the return of Christ was proven (once again) to be wrong.

Florida’s DR volunteers home from Alabama reporting victories after Dixie Outbreak

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers began returning home May 16 following three weeks of ministering to Alabama communities devastated after killer tornados ripped apart the state April 27 in the Dixie Outbreak.

Volunteers from the Sunshine State removed fallen trees from homes and yards, prepared hot meal to feed thousands, and comforted storm victims, many of whom lost families, homes and livelihoods.

Point of View: Does archaeology support biblical claims?

When some people think of the subject of biblical archaeology, images of Indiana Jones and the Ark of the Covenant fill their minds. While archaeology lacks the drama of a Hollywood movie, biblical archaeology serves as an important corroborating external witness to the reliability of the Bible. In this brief article, I examine the limitations of archaeology, two types of external witness archeology provides for the reliability of the Bible, and two examples of significant archaeological discovers related to the Old and New Testament. ]

IMB, NAMB presidents discuss ways to ‘penetrate lostness’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Southern Baptists’ two mission boards have differing ministry assignments but one overarching vision: Mobilize every church to evangelize the lost, make disciples and plant new congregations.

“Working together, we can do more than we can do apart,” said Tom Elliff, president of the International Mission Board, who met with Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, April 25 to brainstorm ways to partner in realizing that vision.

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: More God, less crime: The evidence is there

I and thousands of Prison Fellowship volunteers have been right all along. And the evidence keeps mounting.

Ocala church makes plans for next generation

OCALA (FBC)–Coping with job loss, juggling bills and cutting costs—many Florida Baptist families today are experiencing unfamiliar economic pressures. Even with such a new economic reality, however, Florida Baptist families can ensure that their personal resources can make an impact for the Kingdom of God in the future.

FBCH teams up with FBC Orlando for free ultrasounds

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes rolled their new mobile pregnancy care resource center into the West Orlando area of Village Square May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide pregnancy care services and information to underserved young women in the area.

The purpose was to reach out to women and families who may be in a crisis pregnancy and may not have access to a pregnancy care resource center in their area. The love and hope of Jesus Christ was shared with every woman served.

Credit Union Board honors Baumgardner

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The Board of Directors of the Florida Baptist Credit Union honored Steve Baumgardner during its April meeting. Baumgardner served as Chairman of the Board 2000-2011, and he continues to serve on the Board.

Baumgardner was joined in the celebration by his wife Paula and son Eli; John Sullivan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; the Supervisory Committee and the Credit Union staff.

In Muslim-majority Nazareth, Baptist school nurtures faith

NAZARETH, Israel (BP)—Flat-roofed houses still dot the Nazareth skyline like they did in Jesus’ time, but these days they’re covered with satellite dishes.

A good bit has changed since Jesus grew up in the Galilean city. But one thing rings true across the years: Christ’s hometown still needs His peace, said Charles Tyson*.

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