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Nashville, Tenn. (LCR)-Two-thirds of American "Millennials"-those born between 1980 and 1991—call themselves Christian, but far fewer pray or read the Bible daily, attend weekly worship services, or hold to historical positions on the Bible and its teachings.
These are the findings from a wide-ranging August 2009 LifeWay Research study of 1,200 Millennials in the United States. The study forms the basis for the upcoming book The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation by Thom Rainer and his son, Jess Rainer.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW) – Vance Pitman, pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nev., will be nominated president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference next month in Orlando, Mac Brunson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, told Florida Baptist Witness today.
A LifeWay report released on May 14 showed that overall SBC membership continues to decline—for the third straight year. Despite adding 162 churches across 42 state conventions, total membership slid from 16,228,438 in 2008 to 16,160,088 in 2009, a net loss of 68,350 members. The decline has occurred in spite of an increase of 7,539 baptisms year over year. The Annual Church profiles revealed a tiny (.36%) rise in total number of churches and a .37% increase in primary worship attendance.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)—Florida Baptist Convention disaster relief workers continue to work “diligently” with Haitian government officials to release shipping containers carrying Buckets of Hope from shipping ports in Port-au-Prince and Saint Marc.
On Easter Sunday I began a new sermon series on “Hope.” The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
A letter recently published in the prestigious journal Nature told readers about a technique that could potentially “prevent a number of incurable genetic diseases.” But, as is often the case, exploiting the potential comes at a cost—like redefining what it means to be human. The letter bore the innocuous sounding title “Pronuclear Transfer in Human Embryos to Prevent Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Disease.”
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The Florida Baptist Convention has joined the Facebook and Twitter phenomenon. Florida Baptists who subscribe to either of these social networking mediums are being asked to become a fan of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Facebook page and become a tweet follower at Twitter.com/floridabaptists.
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JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—While it may not have been a goal of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force to address the denomination’s structure, the core of what drives one of the world’s largest denominations—funding and core beliefs—among other issues, were topics of discussion with some Florida Baptists after the task force released its final report May 3.
In interviews with Florida Baptist Witness addressing the 8,500-word report, “Penetrating the Lostness,” three Florida Baptists share their views: Ken Whitten, a GCRTF member and pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz; John Cross, Florida Baptist State Convention president and pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port; and Jerry Nash, director of missions of Harmony Baptist Association and member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Fort White.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Thousands of Venezuelan civilians are training at military bases to “defend” the country against enemies President Hugo Chavez says are threatening the country.
The volunteers, clad in olive-green fatigues, learn to crawl under barbed wire, fire assault rifles and stalk enemies in combat, the Associated Press reported. Critics say the “Bolivarian Militia” is aimed at maintaining control of the country, not protecting it from external dangers.