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Oct 19, 2014
As team strategist for the Women’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education team, Goodwin crisscrossed the state leading conferences, overnight mission events, camping events and annual meetings—all designed to instill a love for missionaries, missions and missions education into lives of Florida Baptists. She traveled to other nations to support and demonstrate her love for international missionaries.

This past August, the mission whirlwind retired from the Florida Baptist Convention. She served “faithfully” for 21 years, said Craig Culbreth, strategist for the Convention’s Missional Support Group.
Oct 16, 2014
Tim Maynard, lead pastor at Fruit Cove Baptist Church in St. Johns County, is nearing the end of his second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. FBW Reporter Nicole Kalil talked to him about what he’s been able to accomplish in that role, what work remains and what lies ahead for Florida Baptists. An edited version of that conversation follows.
Oct 16, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance's protections based on sexual orientation.

The pastors are part of a petition effort to repeal the ordinance, known as HERO among its supporters.
Oct 15, 2014
NAPLES (FBW)—For most people, maintaining their car is not a life-changing experience.

But for Mary Hickman, her life changed dramatically when she attended the car care clinic sponsored by First Baptist Church of Naples. Before attending the car care clinic in March 2013, Hickman knew about God. She also knew she was not where God wanted her to be. With a mother addicted to crack cocaine and other family members who were physically and emotionally abusive, Hickman had lived in eight homes by the time she was 14 years old.
Oct 14, 2014
PANAMA CITY (FBW)—For years, members of Westview Baptist Church in Panama City feared for the future of their once-thriving congregation. Membership dipped to 12 and efforts by local and state Baptists could not revitalize the church. Today, the church building is full again as the West Campus of Family of God Baptist Church.

“There’s been a miracle going on here!” exclaimed Sue Gillman, a member of Westview Baptist since 1969 and church secretary for 26 years.
Oct 13, 2014
More than 600 walk the aisles at Calvary Baptist Clearwater
CLEARWATER (FBW)—Unfortunately, it’s not every week that a church invitation makes news. But that happened recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.

About a month ago, more than 600 people came forward at the end of services preached by Senior Pastor Willy Rice. A week later, more than 100 of those people were baptized.
Oct 13, 2014
Joseph is one of the most intriguing men named in the Old Testament. The Bible shows a major shift with the phrase, “These are the generations of Jacob.” Previously, the phrase was used in regard to the heavens (Gen. 2:4), Adam (Gen. 5:10, Noah (Gen. 6:4) and so forth. In Jacob’s case, the account omits Reuben, the first born, and shifts the lineage to Joseph, the Holy Spirit’s way of signaling a major genealogical change. We immediately see Joseph, a youth of 17 years old, sharing with Jacob, his father, an “evil report” concerning his 10 brothers. The Bible does not detail what the brothers were doing that led to the troubling report, but the action probably put at risk the welfare of the sheep. Also, Joseph incurred anger on two other accounts. First, Jacob had clothed him in “a coat of many colors” (v. 34). From the use of the word revealed in Judges 5:38 and 2 Samuel 13:18, we can infer that such garments signified honor and position. The elder brothers probably felt threatened that Jacob was abrogating the policy of passing authority to the eldest son, i.e., Reuben. Joseph made the situation worse by revealing a dream he had in which, while binding sheaves, the sheaves rose up and bowed before his sheaf (vv. 5-8). He added insult to injury from another dream in which the sun, moon and 11 stars “made obeisance” to him (v. 9). Even Jacob objected to the notion that he and Joseph’s mother, now deceased, would bow before Joseph (v. 10). The conditions were right for a family tragedy. The brothers decided to kill Joseph.
Oct 13, 2014
The major theme of Hebrews is the High Priesthood of Jesus. No other biblical book directly mentions this precious doctrinal truth. Apparently, Christian maturity is necessary to understand the implications of the priestly ministry of Christ. In Hebrews 5, the author began his emphasis on the high priesthood of Jesus (Heb. 5:1-10). Yet, the author interrupted his discussion of Christ’s priestly ministry because of the immaturity of the readers (Heb. 5:12). After encouraging believers to allow God to carry them on to Christian maturity, the author resumed his focus on the priestly ministry of Christ (Heb. 6:20).
Oct 12, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Evangelist Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, was in Jacksonville earlier this month to help rally the troops for what will be an eight-month-long outreach effort ahead of next May’s three-day evangelism event called the Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham.

Before addressing an overflow crowd of more than 600, Graham gave the Florida Baptist Witness a wide-ranging, exclusive interview. He talked about everything from his family’s affection for Florida and how Jacksonville was selected as the site for one of only three festivals planned in 2015 to the volunteers needed to put together these events and the resource challenges facing local churches.
Oct 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Despite negative reviews by some secular and Christian film critics, the end-times thriller "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage grossed nearly $7 million at the box office during its opening weekend and helped place renewed focus on the doctrine of Christ's second coming.

"It's a good film, one that doesn't preach, but does remind moviegoers that there is a time when life will end on earth, one way or another," Christian film critic Phil Boatwright told Baptist Press in written comments. "And, it subtly asks us if we are preparing for it."
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Convention’s Goodwin leaving lasting imprint on Florida WMU
As team strategist for the Women’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education team, Goodwin crisscrossed the state leading conferences, overnight mission events, camping events and annual Read More
FBSC President Tim Maynard reflects on past, looks to future
Tim Maynard, lead pastor at Fruit Cove Baptist Church in St. Johns County, is nearing the end of his second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. FBW Reporter Nicole Kalil Read More
First Baptist Naples’ car care ministry changes oil, lives
NAPLES (FBW)—For most people, maintaining their car is not a life-changing experience. But for Mary Hickman, her life changed dramatically when she attended the car care clinic sponsored Read More
Panama City church revitalized through merger
PANAMA CITY (FBW)—For years, members of Westview Baptist Church in Panama City feared for the future of their once-thriving congregation. Membership dipped to 12 and efforts by local and state Read More
A testimony to what God can do
CLEARWATER (FBW)—Unfortunately, it’s not every week that a church invitation makes news. But that happened recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. About a month ago, more than Read More
Will Graham launches planning for Jacksonville festival
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Evangelist Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, was in Jacksonville earlier this month to help rally the troops for what will be an eight-month-long outreach effort ahead of Read More
Florida Baptists ‘standing at the doorway of a new era’
LAKELAND (FLBaptist)—Florida Baptists will come together to rejoice in God’s faithfulness during the past 160 years and to dream about the future during the Florida Baptist State Convention (FBSC) Read More
Florida Focus: Announcements from Baptist churches around the state
One-time announcements are provided free by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please email materials at least three weeks before the date of the event to floridafocus@goFBW.com. Information Read More
Texas AG to Houston city attorney: Drop pastor subpoenas
HOUSTON (BP)—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to Read More
Hillsong big winner at 45th Dove Awards
NASHVILLE (BP)—Hillsong United, a worship band at Australia's Hillsong Church, was the big winner at the Gospel Music Association's 45th annual Dove Awards Oct. 7. The band was named Read More
Gay marriage left standing by SCOTUS
WASHINGTON (BP)—Same-sex marriage is on the verge of becoming a legal reality in 60 percent of America's states. The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday (Oct. 6) for marriages between people Read More
Churches encouraged to take '1% Challenge'
NASHVILLE (BP)—October is “Cooperative Program Emphasis Month” on the Southern Baptist Convention’s calendar. Churches are challenged to study the Cooperative Program—to learn about it, see what it Read More
S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder, dies
S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was Read More
David Platt elected new IMB president
David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board Aug. 27 by board trustees. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham... Read More
Transgender-identity resolution adopted by SBC messengers
BALTIMORE (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger Read More
SBC annual meeting sees increase in messengers attendance
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist Read More
First Baptist Naples’ car care ministry changes oil, lives
NAPLES (FBW)—For most people, maintaining their car is not a life-changing experience. But for Mary Hickman, her life changed dramatically when she attended the car care clinic sponsored Read More
Panama City church revitalized through merger
PANAMA CITY (FBW)—For years, members of Westview Baptist Church in Panama City feared for the future of their once-thriving congregation. Membership dipped to 12 and efforts by local and state Read More
A testimony to what God can do
CLEARWATER (FBW)—Unfortunately, it’s not every week that a church invitation makes news. But that happened recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. About a month ago, more than Read More
'Left Behind' movie stirs end-times discussion
NASHVILLE (BP)—Despite negative reviews by some secular and Christian film critics, the end-times thriller "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage grossed nearly $7 million at Read More
God uses collegiates to bring change ‘through them and to them’
Amber walked through the streets of Bruhl, Germany, praying for the physical and spiritual needs of the German people. Olivia taught English classes to university students in East Asia, Read More
Florida Baptist mission teams share the Light in darkness of Eastern Cuba
SANTIAGO, Cuba (FLBaptist)—It was mid-afternoon in mid-July when the lights went out in Eastern Cuba and stayed out for about five hours, even as the sun set. With skies growing darker, Read More
Military veteran's new mission extends Cuba partnership
How much difference can one mission trip make in a person’s life? Just ask Peter Vega Jr. When he went on his first mission trip to Western Cuba in November 2011, Vega had no Read More
Orlando Union Rescue Mission helps the hurting
ORLANDO (FBW)—Since 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission has been dedicated to helping the homeless and needy find the path to self-sufficiency while at the same time leading them to salvation Read More
Giving hope to the homeless through clothes, food, faith and fellowship
Lem Simmons is not your typical pastor. In fact, most people would not identify him as a member of the clergy just by looking at him. With his cap turned backward and a body covered with Read More
The Cooperative Program Factor: Mandate, Missions, Ministries
Following the Great Commission Mandate, the Florida Baptist Convention has set as its priorities to reach people for Jesus Christ, start new churches and strengthen existing churches. The summary of Read More
Oct. 19 Bible Studies for Life: Overcome betrayal
Joseph is one of the most intriguing men named in the Old Testament. The Bible shows a major shift with the phrase, “These are the generations of Jacob.” Previously, the phrase was used in regard to Read More
Oct. 19 Explore the Bible: Our priestly Savior
The major theme of Hebrews is the High Priesthood of Jesus. No other biblical book directly mentions this precious doctrinal truth. Apparently, Christian maturity is necessary to understand the Read More
Oct. 12 Explore the Bible: Grow in Christ!
Hebrews describes the Christian life as a pilgrimage. Pilgrimages have several key characteristics. First, pilgrims have a leader. For Christians, Jesus is our pilgrim guide. Second, pilgrims travel Read More
Oct. 12 Bible Studies for Life: Connected through prayer
In our studies in the Book of Ephesians, we began with a presentation of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in chapter one. As we progressed through the other chapters, we were challenged to honor God Read More
Oct. 5 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in service
In our last study, we considered the kind of impression we Christians have on our communities. I likened the process to a military white-glove inspection in which neighbors have contact with us on a Read More
Oct. 5 Explore the Bible: Secured with confidence
In the ancient world, protocol was important. Failure to follow the correct procedures of approaching a king was dangerous. Likewise, sinful humans approach God only through the proper protocol Read More
Sept. 28 Explore the Bible: Watch out!
Rest! Despite living in a culture with a major emphasis upon the leisure industry, our culture knows little about rest. Yet, rest is a major emphasis in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In the Read More
Sept. 28 Bible Studies for Life: Connected through words
One announcement that always invoked dread, if not abject fear, in every sailor was the prospect of a “white-glove inspection.” The method was to uncover areas for cleanliness not visible, such as Read More
Se jubila John Sullivan, después de 26 años como líder de los bautistas de Florida
LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) – John Sullivan ha anunciado su jubilación después de servir a los bautistas de Florida como director ejecutivo-tesorero por un cuarto de Read More
La Convención Bautista de la Florida esta “confiada” que el fallo de $12.5 millones será anulado
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Abogados de la Convención Bautista de la Florida indicaron el martes que están “confiados” que el fallo por un jurado de Lake County de conceder $12.5 millones a un hombre quien Read More
Junta del Witness elige nuevo editor por unanimidad
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—La junta de directores del Florida Baptist Witness voto por unanimidad el 9 de enero emplear un editor que ha mantenido altas posiciones con publicaciones Read More
EDITORIAL: Dios Con Nosotros
FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- La rapidez de cambios muchas veces nos sorprenden. He observado las reacciones de muchas personas al enfrentarse con los ajustes que vienen con los cambios. En el trabajo, con Read More
Autista MK ayuda a alcanzar los uruguayos
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (BP) -- Dentro de un pequeño templo budista en Shiojiri, Japón, el misionero de 23 años Steven Kunkel -- quien es de América del Sur -- se sienta frente a Read More
Missions College apoya la participación de la iglesia
CARY, C.N. (BP)—Con más de dos décadas de experiencia misionera en las Américas, Marty Childers tiene una pasión por ayudar a las iglesias a ser más efectivas en el Reino a través de las misiones. Read More
La convención de Florida ratifica asociación con Cuba Oriental
LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- La Junta Estatal de Misiones aprobó una asociación histórica con la Convención Bautista de Cuba Oriental y un presupuesto de $30.5 millones del Programa Cooperativo 2014 que Read More
Ted Traylor de Pensacola el grupo de trabajo para estudiar la declinacion de bautismos SBC
NASHVILLE (BP)—La Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas está convocando a un grupo de trabajo de pastores nacionales tocante al impacto del evangelismo y la declinación de los bautismos para tratar la Read More
Longtime evangelist Freddie Gage, 81, made great impact for the Kingdom
HOUSTON (BP)—Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the SBC's Conservative Resurgence, died Sept. 12 in a Read More
Robert Davis: the Life & Legacy
Former pastor Robert Davis, 70, of Lake City died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Suwannee Valley Care Center (Haven Hospice) following a lengthy illness. Davis was a loving man who served Florida both Read More
Longtime First Baptist Brandon organist Zelda P. Shenning dies
Zelda P. Shenning, 72, died May 26 in Brandon, where she served as organist of First Baptist Church for 30 Read More
FBC Eustis mourns death of Executive Pastor
Longtime First Baptist Church of Eustis Executive Pastor Dr. Hoyt “Skip” Haymans III died on May 22 at the age of Read More
Former ‘first lady’ of First Baptist Church Ocala dies in Virginia
Hilda Johnson, long-time first lady at First Baptist Church of Ocala, died May 21 in Newport News, Va. Johnson was the wife of Ed Johnson, who served as pastor of First Ocala from 1983 Read More
Retired Jacksonville pastor, James Branch, 85, dies
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—James Branch, 85, pastor emeritus of Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Jacksonville, died Feb. 24. Read More
OBITUARY: Charles L. (Chuck) Gray, pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church, dies at 72
SARASOTA (FBW)--Charles L. (Chuck) Gray, 72, pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church in Sarasota, died Nov. 4. He was a Vietnam Era veteran of two tours of duty and the recipient of two purple Read More
Babb H. Adams, former FBSC president, dies at 84
INVERNESS (FBW)–Babb H. Adams, past president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, died Oct. 30 in Inverness, his home since 1981. He was 84. Read More