June 19, 2008 Print Edition

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SBC elects Johnny Hunt as president, evangelism initiative launched

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting in Indianapolis June 10-11 elected a new president, launched a bold initiative to share the Gospel with every person in North America by 2020, accepted a detailed report from the Executive Committee on the subject of child sexual abuse prevention and adopted a much-discussed resolution on regenerate church membership.

SBC approves resolution urging ‘regenerate’ membership

INDIANAPOLIS (BP/FBW)—Messengers to the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention passed nine resolutions June 11, with the liveliest debate surrounding one urging the maintenance of a “regenerate church membership” and another addressing a California “gay marriage” court ruling.

Florida disaster relief teams on stand-by for flooded midwest

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist disaster relief workers are in a “wait and see” posture to help the flood-ravaged Midwest recover from devastating storms that damaged homes, businesses and fields, reported Fritz Wilson, Florida Baptists’ director of the Disaster Relief and Recovery Department.

Florida’s churches lead nation in baptisms for 2007

LEESBURG (FBC)—Florida Baptist churches baptized 38,303 new believers in 2007, more than any other Southern Baptist state convention, reported David Burton, director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Evangelism Division.

Colts coach Dungy challenges pastors

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Tony Dungy, coach of the Super Bowl-champion Indianapolis Colts, addressed the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, saying it was “a pleasure and an honor to be here” and “it is great to welcome you to our city.”

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At the time this article is being written, several devastating catastrophes have happened in just a matter of days. First of all, Myanmar was hit by a violent cyclone where more than 130,000 people died. Next, China experienced a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake—one of the worst earthquakes in modern history. More than 40,000 people have been found dead so far. Additionally, a number of record setting tornadoes have hammered the midwestern United States.

Point of View

For nearly 1,000 years, the people of Latvia have maintained a distinct identity, despite being dominated by their neighbors. Nearly one-third of Latvia’s population was killed by the Nazis and the Soviets between 1940 and 1954. Yet Latvia survived.

Hope Wheeler, daughter of Convention employee Rick Wheeler, dies from injuries sustained during acci

LAKELAND (FBC)—Five-year-old Hope Wheeler, daughter of Rick Wheeler, director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Office of Leadership Development, was officially declared dead at 6 p.m. Mon., June 9, by doctors at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

BCF online programs grow, reaching across world through distance education programs, internet

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is adapting it’s educational programs to fit the lifestyle of today’s students—especially vocational ministers and active duty service members—by continuing to expand it’s online programs.

St. Augustine pastor to record stories after retirement

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH (FBW)—When Anastasia Baptist Church Pastor Ron Moore officially retires July 1, he and his wife, Linda, plan to vacation in the Carolina mountains for two months. Upon their return to St. Augustine Beach, he hopes to resume his busy life as a preacher.

Kids give to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The children of First Baptist Church Naples are learning the importance of giving at an early age. Throughout May, the preschool and children’s ministries at First Baptist took part in a project called Quarter Mile of Nickels to help raise funds for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

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