September 23, 2010 Print Edition

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Ezell elected NAMB president

UPDATED: 4:45 PM

ATLANTA (NAMB) -- Kevin Ezell has been elected president of the North American Mission Board. NAMB's board of trustees approved the nomination in a special called meeting which took place Sept. 14 at an Atlanta-area hotel.

Ezell's nomination was announced Aug. 31 after NAMB's seven-member presidential search committee voted unanimously to recommend him as president. Today's meeting began at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and ended at Noon with the announcement of the vote to approve Ezell.

Hacker attacks Florida Family Policy Council website

ORLANDO (FBW)--Florida Family Policy Council, an organization associated with Focus on the Family, is the apparent victim of an attack by a radical Muslim, according to the organization's president, attorney John Stemberger. He said the organization's website was hacked Sept. 10 and rendered useless.

IMB appoints 51 missionaries in Brandon

BRANDON (FBW/IMB)—With flags of many nations stretched high across the top of the platform and a directional sign asking the question, “Are we there yet?” 51 “ordinary people” shared personal stories of calling, sacrifice and passion for making Christ’s name known at a Sept. 15 International Mission Board (IMB) appointment service at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon.

“Tonight is the culmination of many years of prayer,” Stephen Rummage, the congregation’s senior pastor said, in welcoming hundreds gathered. Among special guests were John Cross and his wife, Dawn, and their children. Cross, in his second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, is the pastor of South Biscayne Church in North Port.

Editorial: But, can you pray?

Whenever this newspaper covers moral and public policy issues, inevitably I hear from some readers (thankfully, a small minority) that such content is unwelcomed and we would be better served focusing on just missions and other ministry topics.

Point of View: Hope for the future

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP)—While many look to the government, material possessions, drugs or pleasure, they quickly find that these only lead to temporary distractions on a lifelong quest for happiness.

Point of View: Free drive-through prayer

What a day! As she drove home from work, something caught her eye. A young man standing in front of a church held a big sign that read “Free Drive-Through Prayer.” She’d hardly noticed that church before today. “Oh, why not?” she thought and swerved into the driveway.

Point of View: Imagine If ... a spiritual CPR

For nearly two years, I’ve felt compelled by the Lord to ask Florida Baptists to dream a fresh dream. A dream that would result in a supernatural outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God that would produce supernatural results! A dream begins with simply, “Imagine If... .”

Point of View: Glenn Beck rally—Which God should we turn to?

As you know, on August 28th, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall for what organizer Glenn Beck called a “Restoring Honor” rally.

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.

Cross Creek Baptist Church rises from the ashes

CROSS CREEK (FBW)—With its doors closed and the property deeded away, the Baptist church in the Alachua County town of Cross Creek was deemed a lost cause by most in the area. The death notice may have been premature though. According to Charles Litzell, pastor of the New Cross Creek Baptist Church, God still has a bright future for the church.

Two years ago, with only five members left, Cross Creek Baptist Church closed its doors and deeded its property to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.

Preaching & fellowship highlight Black church week

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—Few conferences begin as early as Black Church Week. The early praise service began at 6:15 a.m., before breakfast or even coffee.

Few go as late either. Evening preaching ended about 9:30 p.m., with ice cream closing out the day at the Nibble Nook at the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Ezell meets NAMB staff, emphasizes church planting

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—The first person North American Mission Board employees saw at the front door of the building on Wednesday morning was NAMB’s newest employee, who greeted each of them with a smile and a handshake. It was the mission board’s new president, Kevin Ezell.

Later that afternoon (Sept. 15), despite a sudden bout with laryngitis, Ezell met with NAMB’s 250-member staff. While he couldn’t say much, Ezell made them laugh and briefly outlined his vision for NAMB.

LifeWay leaders recap challenges & growth

GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)—Executive leadership of LifeWay Christian Resources reported that the Southern Baptist en­tity is positioned for continued health and growth despite the economic downturn that has affected how churches and individuals select resources for spiritual growth and discipleship.

The leaders presented their reports during LifeWay trustees’ Sept. 13-14 semiannual meeting at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico.

Chinese pastor, wife slain at church served by Lottie Moon

PENGLAI, China (BP)—A Chinese pastor and his wife were slain Aug. 31 at Penglai Christian Church, where Lottie Moon, an icon of Southern Baptist mission work, served in the early 1900s in Penglai, China.

Pastor Qin Jia Ye and his wife Hong En He, both in their 80s, were killed in the church’s office on Wednesday.

Planned Parenthood’s abortion total rises

WASHINGTON (BP)—Planned Parenthood recorded nearly 20,000 more abortions and not even half as many adoption referrals in 2008, according to a new report.

The fact sheet released from Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) showed its affiliates performed 324,008 abortions in 2008, the latest year for which statistics have been reported by the organization. PPFA reported doing 305,310 abortions in 2007. The 2007 total was an increase from 2006, when the country’s leading abortion provider reported 289,750 of the procedures.

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