June 5, 2008 Print Edition

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SBC president hopefuls from South to West complete Q&A

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—When Southern Baptists convene for their annual meeting June 10-11 in Indianapolis, they are expected to have a remarkable six presidential candidates from which to choose.

Plight of the hungry July offering focus

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—With 15 million Americans living in poverty, the plight of the hungry is no longer in a faraway land but at Florida’s back door. They are on street corners and in back alleys; they are neighbors and members of congregations.

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I have been encouraging our North American Mission Board to present to our Convention a multi-faceted, flexible evangelism strategy which will help pull our churches together over the next years to focus on that which my predecessor, Dr. Bobby Welch, emphasized during his tenure. I have been calling for prayer and spiritual awakening, so that our churches will be on fire once again to reach our nation for Christ. Having heard the call from Dr. Welch, we now need to help our churches move in this direction.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of five articles by David S. Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., on the authority of the Bible. The five articles were published as one article in the February 2008 issue of SBC Life, journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (www.sbclife.org).

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pick up for our summer reading. Newspapers, magazines, and schools are all putting out recommended reading lists—and so is BreakPoint. With help from commenters at our blog, The Point, we have updated our summer reading list, which you can find at www.breakpoint.org. Our blogging team at The Point will also be offering more book recommendations and related activities throughout the summer, so keep checking back in with us.

State Board of Missions backs marriage protection amendment

LEESBURG (FBC)—Actions designed to influence the culture of the state of Florida with the claims of Christ were approved during business conducted by the 99-member State Board of Missions meeting May 30 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg.

Outdoorsmen flock to rural association’s event

BUSHNELL (FBW)—Florida Outdoor Expo, sponsored by Sumter County Baptist Association May 17, attracted more people than reside in the central Florida host city of Bushnell.

More than 3,000 crowded the Sumter County Fairgrounds to view exhibits, register for door prizes and hear the Gospel message, according to organizers.

Convention employees retire after 38 years of combined service

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Two long-time Florida Baptist Convention employees, Hugh Cater and William Montgomery, retired during the first half of 2008 after giving a combined 38 years of service to the Florida Baptist Convention

Burmese refuges find homes, not ‘jaguars,’ in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Seven years ago, as Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville struggled with a crippling mortgage, Pastor Steve Thompson began praying that his suburban church could find ways to minister to others without a large financial investment.

“We had this horrible stranglehold of a debt and we were focused on ourselves because of it,” Thompson said. “We needed to find something that would give us a ministry outside of our own skin.”

First Baptist Church baptizes 102 at Cocoa Beach

ORLANDO (FBCO)—First Baptist Church in Orlando baptized 102 people during an outdoor ceremony recently at nearby Cocoa Beach. From oldest to youngest, that number included a couple ages 82 and 75 and a six year old girl.

Panama City student gains Christian worldview through gap year program

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (IMPACT)—When Morgan Adams enters college in the fall, the Florida Baptist will be a leg up on fellow freshmen who went into the classroom straight out of high school.

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