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Pulpit can change nations, Liberty Counsel tells pastors at Freedom Forum

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)--Pastors and ministry leaders are "uniquely equipped" to speak the truth in a way that changes lives and culture, a senior litigator for Orlando-based Liberty Counsel said July 7 at a Pastors' Freedom Forum.

FBCH launches 2nd annual mission backpack campaign

LAKELAND (FBCH) – The Florida Baptist Children's Homes is launching its annual Mission Backpack campaign to collect backpacks for disadvantaged and orphaned children in Florida, Haiti, and other locations in the developing world. The campaign is a partnership between the Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Orphan Outreach, and Moody Radio stations. The Mission Backpack drive in Florida will take place from July 5-31.

In addition to backpacks, the Children's Homes will also collect hygiene kits to go into the backpacks. The backpacks also will be packed with a new Bible from Lone Sheep ministries and a toy bear provided by Family Christian Stores.

Baptist campus ministries gearing up for new school year

GAINESVILLE (FBC)—When Jessica Perkins of Valrico entered the University of Florida as a freshman, one of her first stops was the Baptist Campus Ministry Center on West University Ave., located on the campus’ main thoroughfare.

Perkins, a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, was inspired to visit the BCM by her parents, Thomas and Janelle Perkins, who as UF students met through the BCM, where they made life-long friends and grew spiritually.

CP follows Florida’s sluggish economy as downturn continues

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—As the state of Florida continued to cope in a recessionary economy, gifts from Florida Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program appeared to reflect those troubled times, falling 6.4 percent during the first six months of 2010 from the same time period in the previous year.

Point of View: The only Christian thing to do

Recently, I’ve been repeatedly accused of being “unchristian” for speaking out against “other people’s religions.” Tell me: Is it unchristian to speak out against the religion of Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible? How about the religion of Osama bin Laden, a religion that spawned the 9/11 terrorist attack upon our nation? I’m sure that even my most ardent detractors would hesitate to take me to task for denouncing such toxic faiths as LaVey’s and bin Laden’s. Yet, they are quick to pull the trigger on me when it comes to my denunciation of religions they deem innocuous.

Point of View: Of camps, Calvinism and coalitions

I spoke at a youth camp recently, preaching in services and teaching seminars.

Nothing about that is unusual. After all, I have spoken at dozens and dozens of these for many years, so many I have lost count. I have done every type you can imagine: single church camps for giants megas like FBC Jacksonville, and small camps for rural churches. I have ministered at state convention sponsored camps and those of parachurch ministries. I even did a camp for the Hmong people, a national camp held in the same state of my most recent camp, Missouri.

Point of View: A Great Commission ‘Servolution’

Our churches need a ‘servolution’! We have a clear mandate as followers of Christ to reach lost people. I believe that our ability to reach the world with the Gospel, both locally and globally, is contingent upon how much we are willing to serve the world in which we live.

Point of View: The Supremes and religious freedom

In late June, the Supreme Court, in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, issued a ruling with profound implications for the relationship of believers to the government.

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.

Tampa church ministers to their ‘heart’ family in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE (FBC)—The first predominantly African-American congregation from Florida to minister in Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake returned to Tampa consumed by a kinship of hearts and spirit.

“We felt like we were ministering to family,” said Jeffery Singletary, pastor of Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church, after leading a group of eight mission volunteers to Haiti. “There was a oneness between us and the Haitians.”

History professor honored for outstanding teaching

WEST PALM BEACH (PBA)—Gary Poe recently was named the recipient of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award carries with it the responsibility of serving as the Faculty Grand Marshal for the coming academic year. He will carry the University’s mace in procession at all ceremonial functions, such as degree-granting ceremonies and other formal convocations.

International ministry provides books for prisoners

Christian Library International, a ministry housed in Hillcrest Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., recently passed a milestone in its ministry when it sent its 300,000th book to a prison inmate. The 14-year-old organization has provided Christian books to more than 1,000 prisons and detention centers, according to the Biblical Recorder, the news journal of North Carolina Baptists.

Jacksonville DOM Ron Rowe retires at 64

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Only days after Ron Rowe’s retirement after 17 years as director of missions of the Jackson­ville Baptist Association he told Florida Baptist Witness he was “just getting a feel of what it’s like to be out of the Baptist leadership bubble.”

Not one for idleness, Rowe said he plans to study and perhaps join mission movements in the world “where God is at work uniquely.”

Season of Prayer and Maguire State Mission Offering explores ‘Taking Jesus into the Neighborhood’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)--With nearly 77 percent of the state of Florida unaware of their need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Florida Baptists look to the month of September as a time of awareness, reflection and prayer for the great opportunities God has presented them in the Sunshine State.

Liberty Counsel files suit against Collier County schools

FORT MYERS (FBW)—Orlando-based Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit July 1 challenging a ban on the distribution of Bibles in Collier County on Religious Freedom Day.

High school students in the Collier County School District for two years were able to take Bibles from a table in a hallway or outside on a sidewalk between classes, during lunch, or after school—on January 16.

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