August 31, 2006 Print Edition

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Soulwinning marks Welch’s retirement

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Bobby Welch’s 32-year pastorate at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach came to an end August 27, focusing attention on the theme of his ministry—winning people to faith in Jesus Christ.

Hand-me-down decorations, curricula stretch VBS budgets

LUTZ (FBW)—Like a budget-conscious family, Florida churches stretched their resources by using and re-using Vacation Bible School decorations and curricula. The hand-me-downs enabled churches of all sizes to outfit worship centers and classrooms with eye-catching wintry illustrations to fit the Arctic Edge theme.

DR prepares for Ernesto

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist disaster relief teams were placed on standby Aug. 28 after Tropical Storm Ernesto tore through Cuba and Haiti and continued on track for landfall in Florida. Forecasters early on expected the storm to strengthen into a hurricane before hitting the Peninsula early Wednesday morning.

Salvation: Scales or grace

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the fourth of a five-part series exploring the differences between Christianity and Islam in the weeks leading up to the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by Islamic radicals on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Point of View

If I tried to capture all of my emotions about all of the good the Maguire State Mission Offering does it would be like trying to put the ocean in a tea cup! It is simply one of the most exciting things we do in the Florida Baptist Convention. The offering enables us to accomplish things not provided for financially from other income. It is a gift of grace from you to the many recipients. Let me try to capture a few of my strongest emotions.

Point of View

If you have read earlier columns by me, you know that I am deeply concerned about the American church. Evangelistic effectiveness is waning. Biblical illiteracy is growing. And many of the 400,000 churches in the United States seem to be caught up in activities with little purpose of meaning.

Point of View

Shortly after British authorities announced that they had foiled a plot to bomb transcontinental flights, President Bush called it a “stark reminder” that the United States is “at war with Islamic fascists.”

BCF students minister in Brazil, Virginia

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Baptist College of Florida students traveled to more than 21 different locations as summer missionaries. Groups of BCF students, led by the Graceville college faculty, ministered in Brazil and Virginia.

Characters zip-line, rappel during VBS drama

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Like hundreds of Florida churches, Hecksher Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville decorated its sanctuary to fit the “Arctic Edge” theme during Vacation Bible School. Unlike most, however, Hecksher Drive members added drama and mountain sports into the wintry mix.

September 10: Have Faith

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

September 17: Remain True!

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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