Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
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.”
Feb 20, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—The words of a child brought a personal perspective to the actions and decisions made by the State Board of Missions during its Feb. 7 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center when five-year-old Jackson Allen took to the microphone.
“We moved to Miami to tell people about Jesus,” the youngster told the Board, “by planting a church called Christ Centered Church.”
Feb 18, 2014
ORLANDO (FLBaptist)—Pastor Andrew Oates believes if the Apostle Paul were to start a church today, Orlando—one of the world’s most visited cities—would be a destination of his church-planting missionary journeys.
“If God calls us to reach the world and the world is here, then God is calling us to plant churches in Orlando,” said the pastor of Redeemer Church.
Feb 11, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE (FLBaptist)—The armed pickup truck pulled up alongside a congested Port-au-Prince corner and immediately three enormous men descended from its doors, toting baseball bats, steel bars, horse shoes and red rubber water bottles.
The crowd, a little sheepish at first, begins to build, intrigued by the size of the muscular Americans and the booming voices from the portable sound system.
Feb 5, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist) — Florida Baptist churches gave $30,199,175 through the Cooperative Program in 2013, representing a 2.30 percent decrease from the previous year and the lowest amount given in 14 years.
The 2013 giving was $800,824—or 2.59 percent—below the $31 million Cooperative Program budget for 2013; and $711,648 below 2012 Cooperative Program receipts.
Feb 4, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Florida’s winter storms brought tornados, torrential rains and Baptist disaster relief workers scurrying to locations across the state, as well as a letter of appreciation from one city’s officials.
Florida DR volunteers responded immediately to a tornado that ripped the pre-Christmas calm in Palm Coast Dec. 14 and storms that hit in Jacksonville and St. Lucie during the second week of January.
Jan 27, 2014
ORLANDO (FLBaptist)—A weekend retreat to help Florida Baptist ministry leaders determine “how to lead from a healthy soul,” will feature Lance Witt, author of the book Replenish and his wife, Connie. They will address ministry needs and challenges while providing encouragement and experience for renewal and refocusing.
“Ministry changes and challenges are continual and demanding in today’s world and involves the outer and inner, private and public, front and back stage functions and needs,” said leadership specialist Emanuel Roque. He is team strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention’s Leadership Ministries Team, sponsor of the Feb. 28-March 1 Replenish Weekend conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.