May 29, 2008 Print Edition

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Evangelists not posting ‘going out of business’ signs

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Some believe the falling number of baptisms in many of the 43,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is partially due to the trend of fewer, shorter or no revival meetings. Some say the full-time vocational evangelist is a dying breed.

President Kinchen gives pop quiz at Baptist College of Florida record graduation

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Graduates from The Baptist College of Florida spring class of 2008 must let the living God guide their ministry and their lives, Thomas A. Kinchen said May 16 during the annual spring commencement ceremony.

Don’t forget to talk to God, Hispanic leaders told

MIAMI (FBC)—Nearly 400 of Florida’s Hispanic church leaders were urged to “never forget their fellowship with the Lord” at the annual meeting of the Hispanic State Fellowship held May 16 at Iglesia Bautista Estrella de Belén in Miami.

Florida churches urged to pray for rain June 1

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—As Florida faces extreme drought and wildfires Florida Baptist Convention leaders are calling state churches to pray for rain June 1.

Point of View

Life is so fragile! What tragic loss we felt in the untimely death of Dr. Forrest Pollock, esteemed pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, and his 13-year-old son, Preston. I spoke to Forrest just days ago about moving into and dedicating the new Worship Center. He was excited and extremely grateful to God and the wonderful family of faith at Bell Shoals. His last words to me, “Come down and I’ll show you around, you are welcome any time.”

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From all outward signs, John seemed to be a wonderful sixth-grade boys’ Sunday school teacher. He prepared, attended leadership meetings, participated in outreach and even spent time with the boys outside of Sunday school. But something went wrong.

Background check service advocates safe church environments for children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LCR)—How vulnerable are the children and youth of your church to volunteers or staff with criminal histories? Could you confidently look in the eye of a young mother and as a responsible church staff member say that you have done everything you can to make sure her child is safe?

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Editor’s note: Although this column addresses a federal marriage amendment as a solution to the California Supreme Court decision affirming “gay marriage,” Florida voters will have an opportunity to support traditional marriage in November by voting to approved Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.

Florida Disaster Relief comes to Georgia’s aid in wake of tornados

MACON (FBC)—Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers began clean-up efforts in Macon, Ga., May 21 following the devastation left by May 11 tornadoes.

BCF alum receives four Dove Awards

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Mark Hall, a 1995 graduate of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, received four Dove Awards at the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association Awards ceremony April 23. He was presented awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song, Inspirational Recorded Song, and Special Event Album.

McDonald’s vice president verifies pro-family concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A McDonald’s senior vice president has verified two key issues regarding the restaurant chain’s support of the homosexual agenda, the American Family Association stated May 14.

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