September 10, 2009 Print Edition

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Golf cart paths draw retirees to new church

THE VILLAGES (FBC)—More than 72,000 senior adults from all over the world have moved to The Villages, a picturesque, planned retirement community about 20 miles south of Ocala. By the time new home construction is complete in 2012, nearly 120,000 residents are expected to be drawn to the town by its casual retirement lifestyle, three dozen golf courses and three Disney-esque town squares with upscale restaurants and shops.

Filing in Rifqa Bary case claims 'extensive evidence' of Islamic extremism

ORLANDO (FBW)—Citing "extensive evidence" of dangerous ideology promoted by her family's mosque, the attorney for the Ohio teen who fled to Florida for fear of her life has filed an "Investigation and Intelligence Memorandum" arguing Rifqa Bary should be declared a dependent of the State of Florida.

GCR listening session: Floyd urges prayer

ROGERS, Ark. (FBW)—Underscoring the need for Southern Baptists to unify around prayer, Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, welcomed more than 400 participants to an Aug. 26 luncheon where he and three other task force members delivered comments and fielded questions for more than two hours.

GCR listening session: Task Force members field questions

ROGERS, Ark. (SBTC)—No question was turned down by the tag team of four Great Commission Resurgence task force members as they fielded inquiries for two hours at the Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Ark., prior to their two-day meeting. The chairman and host pastor, Ronnie Floyd, kept the dialogue on task, telling a luncheon crowd of more than 400 people that the ultimate goal was “to do just what they were asked to do—figure out together how to more faithfully and effectively fulfill the Great Commission around the world in our churches, in our state conventions, in our national convention and all we do together.”

Editorial: Fabricator-in-chief exposed on abortion in healthcare reform

It’s interesting how one year can change a man’s view of his ability to evaluate the moral status of human life.

A year ago, candidate for president Barack Obama told California pastor Rick Warren it was “above my pay grade” to determine at what point a baby gets “human rights.”

Point of View: BF&M Commentary 20—Education

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of an occasional series of commentaries examining and explaining the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention’s confession of faith.

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: Can divorce make us sick? Two are better than one

A few weeks ago, I was astonished to find Time magazine exposing how the collapse of marriage harms women, children, and the poor. No Christian could have made the prudential arguments for marriage more impressively.

Equipping church leaders to reach Florida’s migrant population

BELLE GLADES (FBC)—“These are a real lost people,” said Hans Cossio as he surveyed the South Florida farmland where many of the state’s migrant population live.

Central Florida church sacrifices for Kingdom growth

BELLEVIEW (FBC)—As a committed Kingdom developer, Ronnie Walker has led his congregation, First Baptist Church of Belleview, to plant 10 new churches during the past 15 years, one internationally, one in West Virginia and eight within the Sunshine State.

Strengthening the saints in Cuba

CUBA (FBC)—A warm wind ruffles the giant Royal Palm trees protecting the lush vegetation and peaceful silence at the Baptist Encampment in Cuba’s Yumuri Valley. For more than 50 years the camp has beckoned the young and old from the churches of the Western Cuba Baptist Convention to the valley nestled within mountain ridges in the Mantanzas province, located about 50 miles east from Havana.

Brandon pastor encourages church planters— relationally and financially

Brandon (FBC)—As chairman of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Site Committee, Tommy Green, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brandon, is responsible for helping to determine financial assistance to new congregations as they purchase their first piece of property.

Robert Schindler, right-to-life proponent, dies at 71

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)—Robert S. Schindler Sr., who was at the center of a closely watched right-to-life fight for his daughter, Terri Schindler Schiavo, died Aug. 29 of heart failure according to statement issued by the family.

Ministers’ Wives call for Clyde Merrill Maguire Award entries

PENSACOLA (FBC)— Oct. 9 is the deadline for nominations for the Clyde Maguire Minister’s Wife Award to be presented during the annual gathering of Florida Baptist Ministers’ Wives Conference, Nov. 10 in Pensacola.

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