July 2, 2009 Print Edition

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SBC overwhelmingly approves GCR task force

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FBW)—Southern Baptist Convention messengers June 23 overwhelmingly approved a motion authorizing their president, Johnny Hunt, to appoint a task force to study how Southern Baptists can work “more faithfully and effectively together in serving Christ through the Great Commission.”

GCR task force includes five Floridians

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FBW/BP)—Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt appointed 18 people—including five from Florida—to the “Great Commission Resurgence Task Force” June 24 during the morning session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Hunt re-elected

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected without opposition to a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination’s annual meeting June 23-24 in Louisville, Ky.

Obama resolution urges prayer, opposes policies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approved a resolution June 24 celebrating the election of the country’s first African American president and urging prayer on his behalf, while expressing opposition to his actions regarding unborn life and homosexuality.

Decorated American hero calls on believers to be ‘faithful’

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North served 22 years in the Marine Corps, receiving the Silver Star for combat service during the Vietnam War, along with the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.”

Editorial: GCR, ‘Wow!’ What now?


That was the reaction of longtime SBC chief parliamentarian Barry McCarty June 23 when the sea of ballots were raised by Southern Baptist Convention messengers overwhelmingly in support of a motion creating a task force to study how Southern Baptists can “work more faithfully and effectively together in serving Christ through the Great Commission.”

Point of View: A personal Great Commission resurgence

The hour is late. I have been involved in seemingly nonstop in matters of my denomination’s annual convention. My inclination was to refrain from writing further about the Southern Baptist Convention. I am not smart enough to add any further insights to the volumes already written.

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 18—Last Things

As I reread the Baptist Faith and Message statement regarding Last Things, I noticed the end-time issues not addressed by the Baptist Faith and Message, yet issues evangelicals commonly identify as events of the end times. The BFM does not mention the rapture, the tribulation, the Antichrist, or the millennium. Further, the BFM does not discuss the number of comings of Christ, the number of resurrections, nor the number of judgments—all areas of disagreement.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Point of View: CAIRing about the truth: Who speaks for American Muslims?

If you watch or read a report on Islam or Muslims in the United States, you will probably come across the acronym CAIR, which stands for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is the unofficial voice of Islam in America, mostly because government officials and the media treat it as such.

Have camper will travel for the Lord

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—‘Have camper will travel for the Lord’ could be the motto for the Florida Baptist Campers on Mission. Offering a friendly face at a campground or a helping hand after a devastating storm, these volunteers take to the road to share the Gospel by conducting outreach events, volunteering and befriending fellow travelers.

Chaplaincy volunteers pass 100 mark in South Florida

Chaplaincy in South Florida reached a benchmark recently after chaplaincy training in May led by Marc Johnston, director of the Church and Community Ministries Department of the Florida Baptist Convention. After nine years of annual training, volunteer chaplains now number more than 100.

Youth Evangelism Conference August 7-8

Through the distribution of food to the poor, learning to evangelize, and fellowshipping with peers, students from across the state will come together at the 2009 Youth Evangelism Conference Aug. 7-8 for a weekend of encouragement and training at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

Florida Focus

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New Works Report

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 14 new churches in May, 2009. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

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