Latest Articles by MARGARET DEMPSEY-COLSON
Dec 19, 2012
PANAMA CITY BEACH (FBC)—When a last-minute call for help came their way recently, a group of 10 holiday “elves” joyfully shared God’s love with children and parents at a “Breakfast with Santa” outreach event sponsored by a church plant in Panama City Beach.
Their yellow T-shirts and caps, rather than the traditional green and red elfin garb, might have hinted that these individuals normally serve as disaster relief volunteers rather than Santa’s helpers, but that distinction made no difference to the more than 100 guests gathered Dec. 1 at Hutchinson Beach Elementary School.
Dec 11, 2012
ORLANDO (FBC)—Three and a half years after losing her pastor-husband to a fatal gunshot attack during Sunday morning services at their home church in Illinois, Cindy Winters urged approximately 150 Florida Baptist pastors’ wives to “be intentional about leaving a legacy.”
Themed “Leaving a Legacy,” the Florida Ministers’ Wives Luncheon, based on 2 Timothy 1:5b-7, was held Nov. 13 at Orlando’s First Baptist Church in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.
Nov 21, 2012
ORLANDO (FBC)—Although God could have stopped a gunman from killing her pastor-husband three and a half years ago, his widow Cindy Winters believes God has been able to use the tragedy for His good.
Nov 8, 2012
ORLANDO (FBC)—When you enter heaven, who are you expecting to be on the guest list of your heavenly reunion?
The heavenly reunion for missionary Lynn Latham may have included, among others, a former exotic dancer, a convicted drug dealer, and a woman who had become the unwitting victim of human trafficking. Latham passed away after a brief illness on Oct. 24 in Arlington, Texas, at the age of 67.
Sep 13, 2012
JACKONVILLE (FBC)—For the past quarter of a decade, David and Tami Wood have lived out their Christian calling on different continents and in different roles. Yet, through the years, at least one constant has remained. A love for Baptist collegiate ministries has always been at the forefront of their lives.
Aug 1, 2012
BARTOW (FBC)—On a rainy but otherwise quiet April 2012 afternoon in a crowded room of First Baptist Church in Bartow, approximately 20 deacons went to their knees in prayer together. One by one they prayed, seeking God’s renewal and guidance.
Such prayerful focus among the church’s spiritual leaders is a welcome change to the dissension and fragmentation that once characterized the church.
Jul 30, 2012
MIAMI (FBC)—Each weekend in Miami, close to 8,000 people, representing 78 nationalities, worship in one of 17 services in any of six locations—all under the umbrella of one congregation, Christ Fellowship.
But for Rick Blackwood, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship, a multi-site, multi-ethnic growing congregation in Miami, the story of his church is more than a story about numbers.
Apr 5, 2012
PLANT CITY (FBC)—Approximately 700 laypeople and ministers from throughout the Sunshine State gathered March 25-27 for the 2012 Evangelism Conference, where they heard speaker after speaker challenge them to be personal soul-winners and lead their churches to develop a strategy to share the uncompromised Gospel with our increasingly lost state, nation and world.
The Conference kicked off on Sunday evening with a worship service in which Lieutenant General William (Jerry) Boykin challenged those attending the conference, “We have to speak the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truth doesn’t change because society changes.”
Apr 5, 2012
PLANT CITY (FBC)—Peering under the hood of the restored 1968 Pontiac Firebird, Ben Miller, church member at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, explained to a young man how God can take the “rust bucket” of our lives, similar to the condition of the car approximately three years ago, and transform our lives into a new creation.
Jan 31, 2012
HOLLYWOOD (FBC)—Looking beyond the fishbowl of his local church into the vast ocean of spiritual lostness in South Florida, the experienced and visionary Romanian pastor tossed out a lifeline of support to a young, struggling Anglo American church planter being pummeled by wave upon wave of crises.
The day that Florin Vancea, pastor of New Life Romanian Baptist Church, first met church planter Matt Peavyhouse, he knew he “wanted to help this young man with whatever I can.”