Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
Jul 1, 2014
MARIANNA (FLBaptist)—While contemplating Kingdom decisions for the state of Florida, the State Board of Missions sought God’s will throughout the three-day meeting as they prayer-walked across the Blue Springs campus; gathered on their knees to “Engage Florida” through prayer; and offered intercessory prayers for a young Panhandle family committed to reaching the lost in one of the nation’s fastest-growing corridors.
Jun 28, 2014
BALTIMORE (FLBaptist)—In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on “Restoration & Revival Through Prayer,” Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to deepen their spiritual walk through books, Sunday School material and pastor prayer meetings, has been elected as the 2014 SBC president.
Jun 26, 2014
NEW YORK (FLBaptist)—Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of New York City’s Times Square with bombastic billboards, screaming LED lights and amid a teeming crowd of people from life’s every corner?
That voice was heard by Nick, a young Marine from New Jersey who came to the Big Apple on leave with his buddies.
Jun 11, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on "Restoration & Revival Through Prayer," Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to deepen their spiritual walk through books, Sunday School studies and pastor prayer meetings, has been elected as the SBC's president.
Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas for 27 years, topped Maryland pastor Dennis Manpoong Kim and Kentucky pastor Jared Moore to win the SBC post June 10.
May 28, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—During this summer 106 Florida Baptist college students will spend their summer vacations serving in ways to advance God’s Kingdom when they travel to 13 countries and throughout the state of Florida as student summer missionaries.
The students are enlisted and equipped for their long and short-term mission trip through their Baptist Campus Ministries, which challenges them to explore avenues for sharing the Gospel. As a result of the experiences, many of them will hear God calling them into full-time Christian ministry and as overseas missionaries.
May 16, 2014
GAINESVILLE (FLBaptist)—James Silvers lowers his lanky six-foot-two frame into a kid-sized chair in Mrs. Chappell’s class quickly engaging third-grader Donteau in the day’s lesson. Asking probing questions about the content, in just a brief time he helps the youngster absorb the meaning of his assignment.
A member of River Cross Church in Gainesville, Silvers is involved in the church’s seven-year partnership with the school system’s Business Partner Program, that ministers to students, faculty and administrators at Gainesville’s Lake Forrest Elementary School.
Apr 21, 2014
BONIFAY (FLBaptist)—The embers of revival are still burning in the hearts of pastors in Holmes County, days after the conclusion of a western region Evangelism Conference held in Bonifay.
Spontaneous prayer broke out at the weekly pastors’ meeting three days later, said Shelly Chandler, pastor of First Baptist Church in Bonifay, which served as the host church for the March 27-28 conference.
Apr 10, 2014
Through the Cooperative Program, Florida Baptists are fulfilling the Great Commission by starting more than 110 churches each year to reach the hundreds of nationalities living in the state, as well as strengthening existing churches and helping congregations effectively evangelize their communities. This story is one illustration of how Florida Baptists are partnering together to do what we cannot do alone.
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)–At 14 years of age Thu Lai Mu and his family were forced into the jungles of Burma, now Myanmar, to escape a repressive, military-led civil war and ethnic cleansing that ended in killing, torture, rape and forced labor of their Karen (pronounced kuh-ren) people group.
Feb 26, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH (FLBaptist)—The 2014 State Evangelism Conference will be offered in two locations this year when First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and First Baptist Church in Bonifay host the annual evangelistic meeting during the last week of March.
The Daytona Beach conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25; and the Bonifay gathering will meet Thursday and Friday, March 27-28.
Feb 21, 2014
MT. DORA (FLBaptist)—While often saying he wanted to be known foremost as a Baptist preacher, John Sullivan was lauded as a man of vision and integrity, effective leader, lover of people, pastor to pastors and a Southern Baptist statesman during tributes in honor of his 25th anniversary as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Sullivan is “a man sent from God,” said Tim Maynard, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. “He came to bear witness to the Light and he has done so faithfully for 25 years.”