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Record number of graduates at Baptist College of Florida

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—One of the largest graduating classes in its 65 year history walked across the stage at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville May 11.

Simple message prompts 45 baptisms

FORT MYERS (FBW)—On any given Sunday, McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers baptizes believers as part of the three morning worship services. Having a combined total of 45 baptisms during three services for one Sunday isn't the norm, but those in worship April 29 witnessed a phenomenal response to a simple message by Pastor Richard Powell who emphasized the importance of baptism in the Christian life.

Pastors' Conference president hopeful for unity, revival

SAN ANTONIO (FBW)—In planning the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 10-11 in San Antonio, Hayes Wicker said he focused mainly on keeping unity and promoting a spirit of revival among pastors.

NAMB commissions 83 missionaries, chaplains

O'FALLON, Ill. (BP)—In its first-ever missionary commissioning in Illinois, the North American Mission Board commissioned 83 new missionaries and SBC-endorsed chaplains during Sunday morning services May 20 at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon.

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Bookstores are "the place to be" these days. Why not translate that interest to your church library? If your library's the best-kept secret at church, consider closing it briefly for renovations, then celebrate a grand re-opening.

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Theology was once called "the Queen of the Sciences." Given the way it is treated by many Christians and churches in our day, it perhaps should be identified now as the "court jester." If it is not ignored all together, it is viewed as ivory tower and esoteric. Those who love and do theology are not in touch with real people and the real problems and needs of everyday life. Theology is like bad medicine. Take as little as you can possibly get away with.

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The Innocence Project ( recently announced it had helped clear another man wrongly convicted of raping, robbing, assaulting, and kidnapping a Chicago office worker in 1982. Using DNA tests, the group determined that Jerry Miller's genetic makeup was different than the rapist—after Miller had spent 24 years behind bars.

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The billboard, set high above Chicago streets, was enough to stop traffic. It featured, on one side, the torso of a buxom young woman wearing a black-lace brassiere and little else. The other side featured the torso of a young man with six-pack abs. The billboard's message? "Life is short: Get a divorce." Beneath it was the phone number of a firm of divorce lawyers.

Speakers tout principles at Family Council award dinner

ORLANDO (FBW)—The Florida Family Policy Council honored Ken Connor, a member of Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee, with the 2007 Daniel Webster Award at the organization's annual policy awards dinner May 19.

Former FBSC president, pastor dies at 91

MILTON (FBW)—Joe Maurice Bamberg, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Milton, died May 21 in Milton. He was 91.

Man who loses 300+ pounds, says God 'never leaves'

ORLANDO (BP)—Tollie Schmidt never really found out exactly how much he weighed. That's because the hospital scale he was standing on maxed out at 500 pounds.

Florida Baptist Campus Ministries sends out summer missionaries

PENSACOLA (FBC)—Katy Sharp was running. Running from God and the life she had always known.

Baptist College of Florida sends students on mission

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Opening the pages of the summer edition of The Baptist College of Florida's (BCF) quarterly magazine, there is no questioning the theme, "Here Am I, Send Me."

SBTC hosting 'Welcome to Texas' reception at 2007 Southern Baptist Convention

GRAPEVINE, Texas (SBT)—The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will host a "Welcome to Texas" reception following the June 11 evening session of the SBC Pastors' Conference in San Antonio.

ELECTION 08: Dobson says he wouldn't vote for Giuliani

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Focus on the Family's James Dobson May 17 became at least the second major Christian conservative leader in recent weeks to say he would not vote for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in a general election.

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