Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
Jul 28, 2014
STARKE (FLBaptist)—Seeking to fill a spiritual hunger, 234 Florida Baptist pastors and ministers fell on their knees to pray for personal renewal, family, churches and others, as well as revival in the state and nation, when they gathered in pastor-led prayer meetings held across the state in May and June.
Jul 27, 2014
MIAMI (FLBaptist)—Miami is a city of contrasts—home to the glamorous, rich and famous, from professional athletes and celebrities to international business tycoons. Yet, hundreds of thousands of its residents live in abject poverty, surviving in multifamily housing with low-wage jobs and little hope.
Jul 25, 2014
South Putnam Church sits in the southernmost corner of Putnam County, the third-poorest county in Florida, in a community where families and seniors live on fixed incomes and migrants provide cheap labor for the area’s fern industry.
Making ends meet for these forgotten people is a daily challenge.
But they are not forgotten to Pastor Brian Baker, who knows their names and has led the congregation to be “the hands, feet and voice of Christ in our community.”
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.