July 5, 2007 Print Edition

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VBS 2008 themes feature island & canyon fun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Vacation Bible School options for 2008—an aloha-style adventure or a trail-blazing trip through the Wild West—were introduced during the Southern Baptist Convention's June 12-13 annual meeting in San Antonio.

LifeWay honors Florida churches for baptisms

SAN ANTONIO (FBW)—Thirty-nine Florida Baptist churches are among the SBC's 200 churches who baptized the most new believers in 2006. LifeWay Christian Resources honored the congregations during a breakfast at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in San Antonio in June.

Candidate Mitt Romney 'unlikely' choice of evangelicals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)—The "overarching and primary concern" why evangelicals likely will not vote for a Mormon for president is the Mormon claim to be the only true Christian church, a Southern Baptist seminary president said during the International Society of Christian Apologetics' annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

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She was born the daughter of missionaries and dreamed of life on the mission field, but her dream was derailed by a tall drink of water named Billy. According to the title of a recent Benedicta Cipolla article, Ruth Bell Graham was the "silent rock" behind the world-famous evangelist to whom she was married for more than 60 years. It is often said that there never has been, nor ever will be, another evangelist like Billy Graham, a sentiment with which I concur. I can't help but wonder, however, if there will ever be another evangelist's wife like Ruth, who made the globetrotting, crusade-preaching ministry of her husband possible.

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A man was beaten to death by an undetermined number of people after the car he had been riding in hit and injured a 2-year-old. According to reports, the June 19 attack on David Morales in Austin, Texas, occurred when he went to check on the child. Ironically, the child was not seriously injured.

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The cause of the red knot's plight is "over-harvesting of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are its staple diet." Horseshoe crabs are used as bait by conch fisherman in the Delaware Bay. Without the eggs, the bird lacks the energy to complete its 9,000-mile migration to its breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic.

Theological education available in seven Florida locations

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Every Florida Baptist is within a two-hour drive of accredited theological training through the Florida Baptist Convention's theological and distance learning program.

New, improved NOBTS Orlando center offers on-campus credit

NEW ORLEANS (NOBTS)—Theological education in Florida just got more convenient. The Association of Theological Schools in United States and Canada, the main accrediting agency for seminary education in North America, approved New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's plan to enhance and enlarge the school's Orlando extension center. The center will be called the Orlando Regional Hub.

BCF offers campus, extension center, online programs

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—The Baptist College of Florida is currently registering students for its Fall 2007 session. Class schedules can be accessed online at www.baptistcollege.edu. Course offerings range from biblical studies, Christian counseling, elementary education, Christian education, music education (choral and instrumental), leadership and missions, to media and music technology, and contemporary worship ministry.

FBC adds six churches in Miami

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 15 new churches in May. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Witty remembered as faithful pastor, educational innovator

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Robert Gee Witty, founding president of Luther Rice Seminary and longtime Florida Baptist pastor, was honored by his "sons" in the ministry in a June 25 memorial service at Mandarin Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Florida Baptist Convention 2007 committee on nominations named

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A Committee on Nominations composed of 25 pastors, 11 laypersons, three church staff members and two associational directors of missions has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Clayton Cloer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, Orlando, was named to chair the 49-member committee; Jimmy Deas, pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, Live Oak, will serve as vice-chairman. The officers are in the process of naming committee members in eight associations where persons declined to serve.

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