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Lakeland pastor launches anti-pornography initiative at SBC
HOUSTON (BP)—An initiative seeking commitments from 1 million men to live pornography-free lives was launched at the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston.
Named “Join One Million Men,” the initiative calls Christian men to commit to sexual purity and, specifically, to protect themselves and their families from the devastation caused by pornography. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) jointly sponsored the initiative along with Jay Dennis, pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
Angie Dennis joins a million women praying for a million men in pornography fight
HOUSTON (BP)—In nearly 20 years of being a pastor’s wife, Angie Dennis said she doesn’t remember a single instance of a young woman coming to her and saying, “Miss Angie, my husband is struggling with pornography.”
SBC re-elects Luter, hears call for unity, revival
HOUSTON (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 11-12 re-elected Fred Luter, the body’s first African American president, to another one-year term and heard him deliver a rousing challenge to Southern Baptists to unite and pray for revival.
The call for cooperation and revival was delivered by other leaders, including Executive Committee President Frank Page, and from members of a Calvinism advisory committee who spoke in the exhibit hall the day prior to the convention.
‘Tweet’ good news of growth in CP giving, Sullivan urges at SBOM
LEESBURG (FBC)—A revision of the 2013 Cooperative Program budget that reduced income to three Florida Baptist State Convention agencies and the hiring of three church planting field missionaries to expand the teams within the Church Planting Group were among the actions taken by the State Board of Missions during its May 31 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.
U.S. Coast Guard honors Naples church with ‘Patriot Award’
NAPLES (FBW)—Since 2003, First Baptist Church in Naples has sent regular care packages to nearly 1,000 adopted soldiers in combat areas.
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Edwin G. Holton, 80, dies
LAKELAND (FBW)—Edwin Holton, 80, former associate director of missions of South Florida Baptist Association, died June 4 in Lakeland.
DOM’s Raising Cain identifies 900 expressions based on biblical texts
GAINESVILLE (FBW)–In Raising Cain: How the Bible Shapes the Things You Say, Wayne Harvey has provided a catalog of popular expressions that can be traced to the Bible.
Harvey, director of missions for the Sante Fe River Baptist Association in Gainesville, has pastored churches in Connecticut and Florida. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Florida State University, Harvey provides a broad definition for each of the expressions he lists in alphabetic order and cites in a handy 506-page paperback resource.
Eternity takes readers on exploration of first-century Jerusalem
LEESBURG (FBW)--Kingstone Comics announces this month the launch of Eternity, a graphic novel by New York best-selling author Randy Alcorn.
B&H named Spanish publisher of the year
NASHVILLE (BP)—B&H Publishing Group has garnered seven awards from the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association, including Publisher of the Year.