September 29, 2005 Print Edition

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SBOM approves new South Florida strategy

EUSTIS (FBC) — A strategy to reach Southeast Florida’s urban areas with the Gospel, the allocation of funds to help Gulf Coast Baptists hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and a process to inform and educate Florida Baptists about the Marriage Protection Amendment were among a slate of business items approved during the Sept. 24 State Board of Missions meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center.

Florida Baptists gain historic access to indigenous tribes in Brazil

MANAUS, Brazil (FBW)–For more than 100 years Southern Baptists have been sharing the Good News with some Brazilians. For others, the indigenous peoples of the Amazon River Basin, all outsiders, especially westerners, have been told to steer clear of the tropical rain forest and its unspoiled populations.

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief teams deployed to Louisiana after Rita

LAKE CHARLES, La. (FBC)-Two Florida Baptist Convention feeding units began feeding victims of Hurricane Rita on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Lake Charles, La., working alongside The Salvation Army.

SBC president hails CP task force report, cites importance of evangelism & CP for leaders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch is applauding a task force report that calls for greater Cooperative Program support from leaders throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.

Point of View

For days an idea has been running around in my head searching for the finish line. It has come in spasms. Maybe it has always been a question begging for an answer and Katrina resurfaced it.

Point of View

It’s not hard to figure out that we’re living in a sex-crazed society – one that operates much like an open sewer. It’s even been called the “new morality” by some, including ministers of the Gospel.

Point of View

It’s amazing how much brain-washing the American people can endure and still come out of it with their brains in good working order.

Orlando churches gear up for Luis Palau festival

ORLANDO (FBW)–Churches in Orlando are gearing up for the April 2006 Luis Palau Festival, and festival leadership has scheduled October meetings in preparation for the event. According to event organizers, the evangelist’s upcoming Florida festival has amassed more than 350 participating Central Florida churches and has garnered the support of the Greater Orlando and Seminole Baptist associations.

Seven-minute solution to reaching young, multi-media generation

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Despite many successful evangelistic events Woodland Baptist Church in Bradenton held for community children, something seemed amiss when it came to enlisting students to be baptized—until the church created a seven minute solution.

Editorial

The Board of Directors of Florida Baptist Witness met recently and approved 2006 rates for our subscription plans, other than the individual rate, which will remain at $16.95 annually. The Local Church Edition rate will increase .25 per subscription to $8.25, while the Church Budget and Club plans will increase .50 each, to $9.75 and $11.00, respectively. The Local Church Edition rate has not been increased since 2001 and the Church Budget and Club plans have not been increased in two years.

FBC announces August church plants

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 9 new churches in Aug. 2005.

Southern Baptist disaster relief expands to 2 fronts

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Southern Baptists are assessing needs and assigning mobile disaster relief units to areas of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana damaged during Hurricane Rita, while continuing to provide hot meals, clean-up and recovery services throughout the Gulf Coast.

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