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Nancy Sullivan undergoes successful emergency heart surgery

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) - Nancy H. Sullivan, spouse of Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer John Sullivan, underwent emergency cardiac surgery on Sunday, Sept. 18, in Shreveport, La.

Nancy Sullivan to have second heart surgery Thursday

SHREVEPORT, LA (FBC) -- The attending cardiologist who has monitored Nancy Sullivan since inserting a cardiac arterial stent on Sunday morning, Sept. 18, has determined that a second artery has ninety percent blockage. As a result a second surgery is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, at approximately 8:30 a.m. (Central time), and a cardiac arterial stent will be installed.

Editorial: A destination Florida should not become

In the midst of a sluggish economy that may be slipping back into recession—although many Floridians would say it feels like the Great Recession never ended—gambling interests from Malaysia, Las Vegas and closer to home are investing huge sums of money in real estate and lobbying armies to convince policymakers in Tallahassee more gambling is the answer.

For legislative leaders and the governor—who would profess to be conservative and pro-family—yet more gambling in the Sunshine State shouldn’t be a matter of serious consideration. But, as we saw from the last legislative session in which gambling expansion was only narrowly averted in the very last hours before adjournment, anti-gambling citizens should not assume this latest gambling expansion will be unwelcomed in Tallahassee.

Fruit Cove partnership extends beyond congregation's 'Samaria'

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—When Tim Maynard arrived as pastor of North Florida’s Fruit Cove Baptist Church in 1993, he found a congregation significantly invested in missions giving, never missing an offering goal.

But it was a mission trip to Haiti, arranged by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Partnership Missions department, that changed his life—and the life of his congregation—forever, he said.

Point of View: Maguire State Mission Offering is worthy

The Maguire State Mission Offering is worthy of our support. We should be compelled by Christ’s compassion to give. Giving is a matter of grace. Jesus is the ultimate example of grace, compassion and giving.

Let me share some facts and insights about the offering:

Point of View: The gay ‘marriage’ debate: Substance and style

In a debate, you are judged in two main areas: substance and style. In the debate about so-called gay “marriage,” we believers are winning on the substance. But we’re not doing very well on style.

Study after study has shown that gay “marriage” undermines the institution of marriage. In those societies where homosexual “marriage” has been tried, traditional marriage is increasingly discarded. Furthermore, the research is nearly unanimous that children do best when they grow up with a mother and a father—which gay “marriage,” by definition, denies them.

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: Is morality in the eye of the beholder?

A few years ago, I experienced an “aha” movement—one of the moments when the light of understanding came. As my family and I toured Washington, D.C., we visited two museums. The Museum of Art contained great masterpieces from artists that believed in objective beauty. The Museum of Modern Art contained works by artist that emphasized subjectivity. In such an understanding the viewer of the piece of art, rather than the artist, determines the meaning of the art. The meaning I gave to a piece of art is not the same meaning someone else gave to a piece of art. A thousand interpretations of the artwork could exist and all the interpretations are correct. I confess that I literally asked the question about some of the “art” work, “What is this?”

Hialeah pastor commissioned as Army Reserve chaplain

HIALEAH (FBW)—Thomas Perchitti, pastor of the English mission church of Westland Spanish Baptist Church in Hialeah, wears several hats in his ministry, and recently added one more. After receiving North American Mission Board endorsement, his church commissioned him Aug. 28 as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Perchitti said he sensed God’s call in January to serve in the military, and he hopes to hear by the end of September when he will undergo basic training in South Carolina. He expects to be in training around January.

NFL Hall of Famer Selmon remembered as a ‘man of great wisdom’

TAMPA (FBW)—NFL Hall of Famer and Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, 56, died Sept. 4 after suffering a stroke two days earlier. Central Tampa Baptist Church, where he was a member, joined a nation of football fans in mourning his passing.

After a wake and viewing at Central Tampa Baptist Church Sept. 8, thousands gathered at a larger venue, Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, for his funeral Sept. 9. Several speakers, including Central Tampa Baptist Church Pastor Jeffrey Singletary, touted not only Selmon’s work on the football field, but also his lifetime of service to the Tampa area.

Mulberry residents flock to church for school supplies

MULBERRY (FBW)—On one Sunday every August, Turning Point Baptist Church in Mulberry forgoes its usual Sunday schedule to offer school supplies to its neighbors. The annual Back to School Bash, which attracted about 400 parents and children to the church Aug. 14, required hours of preparation by almost all of the 80-100 who attend the church on Sunday.

“It took the whole church to do this, and it was amazing to see so many in the community come. There were people coming through the church all day,” Pastor Mike Rippy told Florida Baptist Witness.

Baptist volunteers needed for nationwide DR response

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—More than 2,000 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are engaged in an ongoing response across North America in a dozen states. In addition, volunteers remain involved in relief work in Japan and Haiti. Because of the unprecedented number of disasters this year, SBDR leaders in some regions are signaling a need for more trained volunteers and offering ongoing training opportunities.

In Florida, Fritz Wilson said volunteers have continued to be engaged in the Haiti rebuild with over 700 homes built to date.

John 1:14, 18; 2:1-11: October 2—Glory revealed

If the human race is going to gain any knowledge about who God is and what He wants us to do, it must come from God Himself. Left to themselves, people produce concepts of God based on themselves. Their gods are images of themselves, written large. The gods and goddesses of the Greeks lived on Mt. Olympus, being nothing more than gigantic representations of human weaknesses. Other religions, such as Buddhism, deal with attempts to control human impulses, such as desire. The New Testament sets forth an intensified picture of God and His purposes, fulfilled in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Luke 5:17-26, 29-32: October 9—Forgiveness offered

Consider the time-worn adage, “You cannot forgive someone unless he or she repents.” There is a half-truth expressed. If people have wronged us, they cannot be helped unless they confess their error. On the other hand, offended people cannot move on with their lives unless they can forgive the offenders to live in freedom. Otherwise, the image of the offender becomes embedded in one’s consciousness, a seething reminder of the objectionable act. But what about the state of the offender? That’s the focus of our study. After all, we are the ones who have offended God. He is the One who offers forgiveness.

Woman who regretted abortion loses lawsuit

WASHINGTON (BP)—An Illinois appeals court has ruled a Planned Parenthood clinic was not obligated to tell a woman who later regretted her abortion that the procedure would take the life of a human being.

The woman, identified in the case as Mary Doe, had an abortion in 2004 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago. She later filed suit against the clinic, alleging wrongful death of her unborn child, intentional infliction of emotional distress and malpractice, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

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