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Southern Seminary founder’s vision restored, historian asserts

LOUISVILLE (FBW) – After straying from the vision of James Petigru Boyce for most of the 20th century, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is “once again Boyce’s seminary” 150 years after it began, historian Gregory A. Wills concludes in a new history of the school set for release later this month.

State Board of Missions trims 2009 CP budget, dedicates South Florida center

MIAMI (FBC)—Meeting in Miami to dedicate the newly renovated South Florida Urban Center in Hialeah, the 99-member State Board of Missions established a study committee for a potential $50 million property gift even as they once again trimmed the 2009 Cooperative Program budget.

BCF grads charged to take God’s sovereign power on journey

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Graduates will either make a conscious effort to take Jesus with them as they move on to their next phase of life or leave Him by the roadside, Tom Kinchen, Baptist College of Florida president, said at commencement ceremonies May 15.

NAMB commissions 89 new workers for North America

JACKSON, Miss. (BP)—One can’t help but be drawn in by Sarah Ferguson’s big smile and friendly personality. She easily starts a conversation with whomever is close by and it doesn’t take long before she’s talking about her ministry to New Jersey commuters whose long hours en route to and from work in New York City take a toll on family life.

IMB appoints 101 for international ministry

DENVER (BP)—During a trip to Peru, Tony Llorens looked into the eyes of the people and knew without a doubt this was where he needed to be. But his preparation for missionary service at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary brought hardship to his family.

Point of View: Give the ‘Great Commission Resurgence’ a chance

Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt, of Georgia, has put his finger on a need and a sore spot for the churches of our denomination. For a variety of reasons, most unrelated to associational, state convention, or SBC agency work, we don’t witness to our neighbors and our churches are not making disciples at the rate they did decades ago. Energy, bright ideas, strategies, and cleverly named emphases have rolled through for the past 30 years with little effect on the decline. What next? President Hunt hopes he knows the answer to that.

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 17—The Kingdom

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of an occasional series of commentaries examining and explaining the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention’s confession of faith.

Point of View: Statement on Declaraton of Great Commission Resurgence

The following statement was presented by Dr. John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer to the State Board of Missions, the governing body of the Florida Baptist Convention during its May 29 meeting in Miami and is reprinted in its entirety. For the news story, see “State Board creates task force to study convention.”

Point of View: Imagine a ‘Great Commission Resurgence’

Editor’s note: This commentary was written before the May 29 action of the State Board of Missions creating a task force of the current and former Florida Baptist State Convention presidents in response to the “Great Commission Resurgence” declaration. Having been informed of the creation of the FBSC presidents task force, Cross declined to comment on the action, preferring to allow his commentary to speak for itself.

Point of View: The trouble with the field house—The Notre Dame address

President Obama delivered his controversial and much-awaited speech at Notre Dame May 17.

State Board creates task force to study convention

HIALEAH (FBW)—The State Board of Missions voted unanimously May 29 to create a task force to study the Florida Baptist Convention in response to the growing discussion in Southern Baptist life about a “Great Commission Resurgence.”

BCF dedicates new buildings, breaks ground for world missions center

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—The Baptist College of Florida trustees on May 22 dedicated two new buildings, broke ground for a new world missions center and approved a study of the college prompted by a “Great Commission Resurgence” declaration to be considered at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting next month.

BCF to compete in college sports

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville announced in May the establishment of the school’s first-ever program in intercollegiate athletics.

The first Baptist confession of faith in America

The first Baptist Confession of Faith in America was the Philadelphia Confession of 1742. From the beginning Baptists have been quick to articulate their beliefs in writing but there was always a sense of foreboding in that creeds and demands were not welcome in their theological structure.

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