July 21, 2005 Print Edition

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Panhandle clean-up, recovery decelerates

MILTON (FBW)–Florida Baptist Disaster Relief director Fritz Wilson said July 18 most disaster relief services in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Dennis are nearing closure.

Sullivan visits pastors, relief workers

MILTON (FBW)–Braving gray skies, thunderclouds and driving rain, Florida Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer John Sullivan visited churches in the Florida Panhandle July 14 assessing damage and thanking pastors and relief workers for their efforts since Hurricane Dennis hit the area July 10.

Welch tours storm-tossed Panhandle

PENSACOLA (FBW) – Southern Baptist Convention president Bobby Welch ended July 14 a grueling two-day visit to the hurricane ravaged Florida Panhandle that focused on bringing greetings and prayers on behalf of more than 16 million Southern Baptists nationwide.

Cooperative Program makes relief possible

FLOMATON, Ala. (BP)–For many Southern Baptists involved in disaster relief, the importance of supporting the Cooperative Program and associational missions comes to life in fresh new ways.

Point of View

I have spent the past week traveling through the Panhandle area meeting with pastors, assessing damage, and trying to determine how Florida Baptists can help after Hurricane Dennis struck the Northwest Florida communities.

Point of View

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” Philippians 3:7-15.

Point of View

On the morning of Saturday, July 9, as my family and I were leaving St. George Island (part of Florida’s “forgotten coast”), the fire department was sounding the alarm for a mandatory evacuation in light of the fast-moving Category 3 Hurricane Dennis in the middle of the Gulf.

Point of View

PARKVILLE, Mo. (BP)—Out of Southern Baptist’s 16,287,494 members, only 6,024,289, or 37 percent, on average, show up for their church’s primary meeting, according to statistics from LifeWay Christian Resources.

Point of View

Could the “Live8” event, rock concerts worldwide raising the awareness of poverty in Africa, be considered a success? That depends on how you define success. Putting aside my misgivings about the self-congratulatory nature of the event, Sir Bob Geldof and company did indeed focus the world’s attention on the desperate needs of the African people. And the organizers were determined to put pressure on the G-8 nations meeting in Scotland to pump billions into Africa.

FISH CD-ROM blueprint for increase in baptisms

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–The Florida Baptist Convention Evangelism Strategy Department is providing a new resource to help Florida Baptist churches be more intentional about leading people to Christ.

‘Transitions’ conference uses Nehemiah as biblical model for growth

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Comparing the 70,000 people coming to know Christ annually in China to the 85 percent of America’s churches that are spiritually and numerically stagnant in growth, author Dan Southerland told participants of a recent “Transitions: leading your church through change” conference that churches in the United States are “desperately” losing a spiritual battle.

Brazilian church recognized by community for outstanding achievement in social services

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Following years of ministering to the Brazilian community in South Florida, First Brazilian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach was recognized for its contribution to the Brazilian culture this past May, receiving the “Brazilian International Press Award” for outstanding achievement in social services.

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