Sep 20, 2014
Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.
In the chapel of the Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone, the smartly-groomed McClung was greeted by nearly 60 prisoners, dressed alike in blue, Florida state-issued uniforms. The inmates listened intently to his Bible study from the “Most Excellent Way,” a faith-based program designed to help men and women who struggle with alcohol/ drug addiction.
Sep 20, 2014
The dining room light shined brightly in the predawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Highway 98.
The home and adjoining antiquated cottages—a quintessential mom and pop motel from the 1950s—once served as a brief respite for tourists and fishermen to enjoy the sparking blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sep 19, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Two children stood on the side of a Jacksonville East Arlington road selling lemonade when Kourtney Burcroff and her fellow summer missionary first spotted them.
When the children were not there the next day, the two summer missionaries visited their home to buy lemonade and invite them to the backyard Bible club the students were working in conjunction with FaithBridge Church in Jacksonville.
Sep 16, 2014
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations.
Most said much work remains, both inside and outside the church.
Sep 11, 2014
Florida Baptists were among the thousands who voted in primary elections Aug. 26. Some of the voters may have met the candidates and questioned them in events at their churches, and some may have read the candidates’ opinions on issues in voter guides that were distributed at one of the state’s 3,000 churches.
However, most Florida Baptist churches shy away from election-year involvement because of fear of lawsuits or losing their tax-exempt status. Their fears are unfounded, according to Bill Bunkley, president of the Florida Ethics and Religious Commission and a representative of the Florida Baptist Convention during legislative sessions in Tallahassee for the past 19 years.
Sep 5, 2014
The Maguire State Mission Offering gives Florida Baptists an opportunity to Embrace Florida by being a blessing by supporting those who go out in His name into the highways and byways of this state. To undergird, encourage and strengthen these ministries by giving, praying and going.
Sep 3, 2014
MIDDLEBURG (FBW)—More than 50 North Florida children are learning the sport of archery at First Baptist Church in Middleburg. According to Associate Pastor Tim Martin, church leaders had been “looking for something to draw the children of our community to First Baptist,” when a 2011 Sportsman’s Expo sparked interest in archery.
Sep 2, 2014
GLASGOW, Scotland (FBW)—While every church plant sets out to be a reproducing church, nowhere is the mission more critical than at Refuge Scotland.
“It’s very dark here,” says Refuge Scotland Pastor Matt Setliffe.
Sep 1, 2014
INDIANTOWN (FBW)—Dozens of men who are incarcerated at Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown are studying how to be better fathers. According to Awana’s Lifeline Program website, the men are “learning to live up to their biblical responsibilities as dads.” The culmination of their “Malachi Dads” studies will be a Returning Hearts Celebration Nov. 8 during which prisoners spend the day with their children.
Randy Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dade City, is leading a group of volunteers to help with the Returning Hearts event.
Aug 28, 2014
It was Jason Seger’s wife who started using Facebook first. It wasn’t long before the pastor of First Baptist of Highland City in Lakeland realized the ministry potential the social media platform offered. He learned by watching bigger churches, taking notice of what they were doing and following suit.