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Hunt responds to GCR critics, predicts SBC will approve task force

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (SBT/FBW)—Greater funding of the Cooperative Program will occur when Southern Baptists have greater confidence their gifts support the priorities of North American church planting, global pioneer missions around the globe, and theological education, declared Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt in an interview with four state Baptist paper editors.

Ken Whitten to re-nominate Johnny Hunt for SBC president

LOUISVILLE (FBW/BP)-Johnny Hunt will be nominated for a second, one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention by Ken Whitten, the Florida pastor confirmed June 15.

Christian schools in Florida face uphill battle in tough economic times

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Just as families and churches re-evaluate expenses in a struggling national economy, Christian schools are considering shrinking enrollments and “making tough staff decisions,” according to Ed Gamble, executive director of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools.

Aid sent to feed hungry in Kenya

MARALAL, Kenya (BP)—While most Americans have never been desperate enough to scrounge for fallen kernels of corn in the dusty ground, famine is a harsh daily reality for millions of people in Kenya. Southern Baptists, through their World Hunger Fund, are providing food relief for thousands of Kenyans on the brink of starvation.

Editorial: Running for life

Me running—it’s not a pretty sight! Believe me, I’m not delusional enough to think otherwise.

Nevertheless, I hope those of you who are avid runners—or walkers—who live in Northeast Florida and are concerned about saving unborn babies and ministering to their mothers will join me Sept. 5 in Jacksonville for the inaugural “Run For Their Lives 5K.”

Editorial: Crist signs gambling expansion bill

To no one’s surprise, Gov. Charlie Crist signed SB 788, the massive expansion of gambling passed by the Legislature on the last day of its extended session in May. The governor is now empowered to negotiate a deal with the Seminole Indian Tribe by Aug. 31, 2009, which will have to be ratified by the Legislature.

Point of View: Imprecatory prayers and President Obama

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from June 9 Weblog by Walter Price, pastor of Fellowship in the Pass Church in Beaumont, Calif., and president of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Price responds to recent statements made by Wiley Drake, another California pastor and one-time second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, which drew national news attention.

Point of View: Obama, younger evangelicals and a true pro-life agenda

As a younger evangelical, I have a dilemma: I abhor the pro-abortion policies of the Obama administration and I’m outraged by the nonchalant attitude of my contemporaries about this public policy and human tragedy. On the other hand, I detest the attitude of some older evangelicals who seem willing to be the “Republican party at prayer” while ignoring other legitimate social justice concerns about which the Bible also speaks.

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: Not so illuminating—Bible illuminated

At first glance, it looks like just another glossy, high-end magazine. The front cover features a heavily-mascarad eye. Inside are provocative images—a woman giving birth, a child pointing a gun—and celebrity photos: Bono, Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Al Gore, and Che Guevara.

Pace students pray in spite of graduation controversy

PACE (FBW)—Many Pace High School seniors recited the Lord’s Prayer and wore crosses on their caps at their May 30 graduation ceremony in response to new restrictions meant to curb religious expression at school functions.

‘Bittersweet’ romance for Dawn Pollock & John Cross

NORTH PORT (FBW)—Texting one liners from a safe circle of friends at Starbucks, John Cross got a little rush of adrenaline when he asked the woman at the other end of the cell phone if she liked coffee. “No, but if I did would you bring me some?” she texted back, adding a smiling face at the end.

Outreach meant life or death to one couple

CRESTVIEW (FBC)—A knock on the door saved Tammy King’s life.

At the time, The Baptist College of Florida students standing on her doorstep meant very little to King. And the church flier they handed her meant even less. But very soon all of that would change.

Idlewild's community fair serves 2,800 residents

LUTZ (FBW)—More than 100 volunteers from Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz spent May 16 on a mission trip only 15 minutes from their suburban homes. The “Because We Care Community Fair” in the University neighborhood of Tampa drew 2,800 residents in search of free food, medical and dental care, haircuts and entertainment.

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