June 28, 2012 Print Edition

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Florida Baptists lead, impact SBC resolutions

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.

Open doors greet Florida Baptists at Crossover 2012 in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (FBW) –In carnival-like settings throughout New Orleans, 38 block parties and other efforts were in full swing June 16 during Crossover 2012 when several dozen Florida Baptists joined more than 1,500 Southern Baptists for the evangelistic thrust prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Michelle Moralles, one of 11 teens from Hay Vida en Jesus in Orlando, said the blessings had poured in “by the truckloads,” since she and the others hit the streets of New Orleans, bringing the Gospel message after six months of evangelism training.

For an entire week Morales and 18 volunteers from Iglesia Bautista Hay Vida en Jesus in Orlando joined 35 church members to canvas the streets surrounding the community around Iglesia Bautista Getsemani in New Orleans with information about Saturday’s events.

Crossover encounter bolsters woman’s faith, challenges non-believing husband

NEW ORLEANS (FBW) – Sitting with her Bible spread across her lap, the New Orleans woman opened her eyes to see Shelly Chandler and her husband walk into the room.

“You’re a pastor?” she asked. “I was just praying for my husband’s salvation.”

The week leading up to the Crossover 2012, held on the Saturday prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans June 19-20, Chandler volunteered in ministry alongside members of Metairie Baptist Church in Louisiana.

While door-to-door witnessing, Chandler, pastor of First Baptist Church in Bonifay and a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his team, passed by a man in his driveway who was drinking alcohol.

Editorial: Making history in New Orleans

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.

Pam Tebow describes 'fishbowl' experience

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.

Uth urges messengers to 'see those around you'

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- David Uth called Southern Baptists to a fresh understanding of the depth of the love of Jesus Christ, urging them to "love loud and love much because of all that He has forgiven."

The pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando delivered the convention sermon during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans June 19-20.

Historic: SBC in New Orleans elects 1st Black president, approves ‘Great Commission Baptists’

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—In one of the most historic meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention’s 167-year history, messengers June 19-20 elected the body’s first African American president and voted to keep the convention’s name while approving a descriptor, “Great Commission Baptists,” for those churches that wish to use it.

The momentous occasion in New Orleans brought media from across the nation to see the election of Fred Luter, a descendent of slaves who now is the president of a convention whose founders, in 1845, defended slavery.

Point of View: Arminianism on total depravity

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.

Point of View: Dave Says

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Point of View: Funding barbarity: forced sterilizations

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.”

Theological education expands Fall 2012 course offerings

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.

Grace Ministry Ranch in Bell invites addicts to spiritual, physical health

BELL (FBW)—Kevin Craven left a successful career to build a ministry, with his family, to those struggling with addiction. Grace Ministry Ranch in Bell is the centerpiece of their efforts to rehabilitate addicts and their families.

Kevin Craven was a construction manager for a company that works primarily on U.S. military bases. He moved his family—Nina and five children—every two years to a new site. In each new “hometown,” and in each small Baptist church they joined, people with problems sought their help.

BCF participates in collegiate Disaster Relief training

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.

Romans 7:20 to 8:9: July 8—Victorious

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.

Ephesians 5:17-21; 6:18: July 15—Empowered Romans 8:26-27;

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?

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