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NEW ORLEANS (FBW) – From chairing the committee to submitting and attempting to amend resolutions, to being the subject of a resolution, Florida Baptists played leading roles in New Orleans as the Southern Baptist Convention spoke to significant issues.
The election of Fred Luter as president of the Southern Baptist Convention last week in New Orleans was truly historic – far beyond the way that word is sometimes casually employed. It was an electric moment on the floor of the convention with messengers who enthusiastically stood, waving their ballots, shouting with joy and some wiping away tears in affirmation of Luter’s election. A historic first that was long overdue, Southern Baptists broke a racial barrier.
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Well-versed in living a "fishbowl" experience, Pam Tebow, mother of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and a former missionary to the Philippines, joined Jeannie Elliff, wife of the International Mission Board's president, for the Pastors' Wives Conference June 18 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans.
Recently, a group of Baptist leaders released a document, “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” Perhaps opponents have criticized no statement in the document as much as the statement on “The Sinfulness of Man.” Some of the authors of the document claim that Baptists are neither Calvinists nor Arminian. In the sense that the document’s statement on “The Sinfulness of Man” fails to set forth either a Calvinist or classical Arminian view of human sinfulness, then the adherents of the statement are correct that the view expressed in the document neither affirms Calvinism, Arminianism, nor semi-Pelagianism. The statement denies two aspects of the classical Arminian understanding of human sinfulness. “We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty before he has personally sinned.” First, contrary to classical Arminianism, the statement denies that Adam’s sin resulted in the destruction of human free will. Second, contrary to classical Arminianism, the statement denies the guilt of all humans because of the natural connection of the human race with Adam.
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Back in April, India’s Supreme Court heard a case about a surgeon in the state of Bihar. This surgeon performed 53 operations in about two hours in conditions that can only be described as appalling: “assisted by unqualified staff, with no access to running water or equipment to clean the operating equipment.”
ORLANDO (FBC)—Access to theological education is increasingly available to interested students throughout Florida.
Beginning this fall, courses will be offered for French and Creole-speaking Haitian students through the Orlando distance site of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF). This marks the newest Theological Education Ministries initiative from the Florida Baptist Convention, whose goal is to provide fully-accredited, fully-accessible theological education within two hours of every Florida Baptist.
GRACEVILLE (FBW)—In a joint effort between Baptist College of Florida and the Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team, 58 college students were trained in disaster relief last Spring at BCF in Graceville. The training was conducted by FBC Disaster Relief state leaders and adult volunteers equipped to train others in disaster relief work.
After months of conversations that began with a college worker roundtable at The North American Mission Board, a program was discussed to train college students in disaster relief. The meeting included NAMB Disaster Relief staff, state DR leaders, and college representatives including Baptist Collegiate Ministry leaders, mission mobilizers, the director of FBC Disaster Relief Ministries Fritz Wilson, and BCF professor David Coggins.
Some of you might remember the turmoil of the seventies. College students took over some universities and sometimes even changed the academic program. Our churches struggled to gain a theological direction. One direct impact was made by the “speaking in tongues” movement. Desiring a more dynamic experience, all right to some extent, they found the answer in the act of speaking in tongues. Some Southern Baptist pastors got involved. I investigated it scripturally but became stymied in one regard. Many of the defenders of glossalalia, the technical term, believed one obtained the gift after reaching a higher spiritual level. They would cite verses from 1 Corinthians 14. I encountered a problem at that point. The church at Corinth was spiritually immature and doctrinally confused even though they seemed to have that gift. Yet, First John, written to give assurance, said nothing about tongues. I could never “get” the gift. But the Bible shows us the way of victory.
In reading through the Book of Acts, we can hardly overlook the marvelous way those first-generation believers transformed the religious world. How could they with so little accomplish so much, whereas we with so much seem to accomplish so little in world impact? One outstanding difference stands out, namely, the power of the Holy Spirit shown through signs and wonders. Will the time come when those evidences shall be restored to believers?