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Kevin Ezell nominated NAMB president

PENSACOLA (FBW) – Louisville pastor Kevin Ezell has been nominated president of the North American Mission Board, search chairman Ted Traylor told Florida Baptist Witness today.

UPDATED: Kevin Ezell nominated NAMB president

PENSACOLA (FBW) – Louisville pastor Kevin Ezell has been nominated president of the North American Mission Board, search chairman Ted Traylor told Florida Baptist Witness Aug. 31.

The recommendation of Ezell, senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville and immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, will be considered Sept. 14 at a special called meeting.

Bobby Bowden: 'Called to Coach,' he says

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – When the Florida State Seminoles take the field Sept. 4 in Tallahassee to play the Samford University Bulldogs they will be without Coach Bobby Bowden for the first time in 35 years.

‘Big Day’ promotes personal evangelism

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—Florida Baptist churches are being encouraged to join other Southern Baptist churches this fall for one “Big Day” to focus on the importance of every individual being prepared to share their faith.

Also known as Soul-Winning Commitment Day, the event can be customized with a variety of training opportunities, sermon ideas and other tools to reflect the needs of individual churches, according to David Burton, director of evangelism for the Florida Baptist Convention.

Bobby Bowden reflects on life as a coach

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—When the Florida State Seminoles took the field Sept. 4 in Tallahassee to play the Samford University Bulldogs it was the first time in 35 years they were without Coach Bobby Bowden.

Although his time at FSU ended prematurely, Bowden still will be “cheering like mad for Florida State” this year, the coaching legend told Florida Baptist Witness in a recent telephone interview.

Editorial: The consequence of elections

Elections matter.

I know at times it appears nothing really changes. Politicians come and go, but it doesn’t actually matter who is in the White House, Congress, state house, and other public offices. That’s the commonly held view—and there is some basis for such skepticism about the value of exercising our citizenship in the voting booth.

Point of View: Letters to the Editor

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Point of View: ‘How’s business?’

There’s much talk these days about the Great Recession. Some analysts are talking about the possibility of us entering into another recession while many of us never realized we had exited the last one. Florida has no doubt been hit hard by the economic crisis. There’s a great deal of discussion as to what needs to be done to stimulate the financial sector in order to stabilize the economy.

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: Eggsploitation—Women as commodities

You’ve probably seen them—most of us have. Ads soliciting women to donate their eggs for in vitro fertilization are everywhere: in newspapers, on the Internet, on college campus bulletin boards.

Scholarship honors Rev. ‘Dub’ Anderson

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville welcomed BCF graduate Danny Crosby, senior pastor at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in High Springs, to chapel services Aug. 17 to make a special presentation to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen in honor of Rev. William “Dub” Anderson.

In recognition of Anderson’s faithful service and unwavering Christian walk, Mt. Pleasant established a $5000 scholarship in his honor. The church wanted to advance Anderson’s commitment to spreading the Gospel of Christ by giving aid to other young men and women who answered God’s call to the ministry.

$33.4 million Cooperative Program budget proposed for 2011

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A 2011 Cooperative Program budget of $33,450,000 was approved by the State Board of Missions’ Budget-Allocations Committee during its annual budget meeting Aug. 19 at the Baptist Building in Jacksonville.

The $33.45 million proposed budget for 2011 is $2 million dollars less that the $35.4 million authorized at this meeting last year. However, that budget was revised downward to $33.7 million in February to bring it in line with receipts from the prior year.

Jesus walks the earthquake-damaged streets of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (FBC)—A movement of God is sweeping the nation of Haiti; a movement unseen by this generation of Florida Baptists: 135,146 new believers turned to faith in Christ; 135 new churches added; burgeoning crowds gathering at churches across the nation.

“It is the closest thing to the Book of Acts that I have ever experienced,” said John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention. “We are committed to see Haiti come to a spiritual awakening.”

CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION: Southern Baptists debate creation care

NASHVILLE (FBW)—Southern Baptists agree that God commanded humans to steward the creation. But opinions diverge on the best way to carry out that mandate.

On one side of the debate is a loose coalition including author Jonathan Merritt, that identifies what it labels as rampant abuse of the earth and believes creation care should include a package of corrective measures like curbing industrial use of natural resources. Merritt is the son of former Southern Baptist Convention president James Merritt.

Kentucky task force calls for 50-50 KY/SBC funding

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—After eight months of discussions, the Kentucky Great Commission Task Force has released its report.

Among the report’s four recommendations: a call for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Mission Board to move to a reallocation of Cooperative Program funds that results in a 50 percent split of CP receipts (after shared administrative expenses) between the KBC and the Southern Baptist Convention by 2017-18.

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