Seeing God at work through church merger

 
Video specialist John Barber is among the 1.1 million people in Florida who call themselves Southern Baptist. As part of our ongoing “Closer Look” series, Reporter Nicole Kalil talks with him about the church planting process, his church’s recent merger and rebranding, his passion for men’s ministry and the different seasons of his own spiritual life. A portion of this interview appears in our Aug. 25-Sept. 14 print edition. The full transcript of our edited conversation ...

NRB President Jerry Johnson champions Christian communicators’ right to speak

 
In radio, silence is not golden. Indeed, “dead air”—a period of unintended silence during a live program—is a broadcaster’s nightmare.   Jerry Johnson’s mission in leading the National Religious Broadcasters is to protect his fellow communicators’ right to exist and prevent the worst kind of dead air—the censorship of evangelical voices on radio, television, the Internet and social media.   Johnson, a 2003 Ph.D. graduate of The ...

South Florida counseling center wants to meet emotional, spiritual needs

 
For a long time the mental and behavioral health of people within the church has been pushed off to the margins to be dealt with in silence or not at all. Southern Baptists have not been exempt from that. But as the new director of the counseling center at Baptist Health South Florida’s Baptist Hospital, Elizabeth Skjoldal wants to develop a relationship with Florida Baptist pastors and their churches in order to provide a safe place for them ...

Helping plant church takes woman from K.C. to Miami

 
Samantha Bell recently moved to Miami from Kansas City, Mo., to help plant The Brook Miami Church. Between volunteering as children’s director and working at His House Children’s Home, Bell takes every opportunity to invite people to church and share the Gospel with them. Reporter Keila Diaz recently caught up with Bell at the Starbucks in North Miami that Bell has come to view as her office. An edited version of their conversation follows.   Keila ...