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If Roe v. Wade were overturned tomorrow, we would celebrate, right? Well, yes, but not so fast. A fringe element of the pro-choice movement has always insisted that Roe, even though it legalized abortion in the United States, didn’t go far enough. You see, in his majority opinion in the fateful 1973 Supreme Court case, Justice Harry Blackmun Read More...
Executive Editor
“First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” I Timothy 2:1-2

Has there ever been a more relevant time to apply the truths found in I Timothy to Read More...
On Aug. 21-24, Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola hosted the Great Commission Celebration Weekend. There was be a plethora of special guests, including former SBC President Fred Luter Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Also travelling with him was his wife of 36 years, Elizabeth, who he calls his Read More...
Executive Director-Treasurer
It seems that most of the books I have read recently are by Florida Baptist pastors or former pastors. Let me recommend a few to Read More...
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Many are aware that Dr. David Platt was not my choice for the presidency of the IMB. But the presidential selection committee has assured us that at the end of the intercessory road, Dr. Platt is God’s Read More...
Recently, I was interviewed for a story in the Florida Baptist Witness (FBW) about generational differences, specifically among young church planters, concerning views on alcohol in the Southern Baptist Convention. While I was accurately quoted and fairly represented, I was Read More...
add something about the church that has approved using alcohol since I was away and have recently read my Witness. In my ministry since 1963, I’ve done considerable counseling and funerals, many connected with the lethal use of alcoholic products. I’ve concluded Read More...
Executive Editor
“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs 13:10

Rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they like the changes they’re seeing in the Florida Baptist Witness. I am encouraged by these goodwill gestures, even though on this side of the wall it feels as if we have quite a bit Read More...
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“You must worship God in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

What is your priority as you arrive at church on Sunday? Is it to assure your child has two matching shoes? To lead a great small group class? Greet guests? Enjoy Christian Read More...
The reason I am writing this letter is to express my grief over the article included in the FBW on July 31 Pastor Dean Inserra of City Church’s position on alcohol, . We can all praise God for what He is doing in and through City Church. However, the article leaves the reader under the Read More...
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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
Pulse of Miami Church reaches out through fitness
MIAMI (FBW)—Women and men clad in shorts, running shoes and T-shirts sit catching their breath under the shade of a tree while sweat rolls down their foreheads and their hair clings to their damp Read More
Churches can be appealing target for lawyers
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—In an increasingly litigious society, even the church is not safe. Churches are attractive targets, as people think they have a better opportunity for financial gain by Read More
West Pensacola Baptist crosses the 'moat' to feed neighbors
PENSACOLA (FBW)—When members of West Pensacola Baptist Church decided to begin feeding the hungry and homeless, they looked first to the neighborhoods around their church. The ministry that grew out Read More
Christ Fellowship Miami feeds 830 students a week through backpack program
MIAMI (FBW)—Every weekend, 830 children in Dade County have food to eat because Christ Fellowship in Miami sent it home with them from school. Children find easy-to-prepare food in backpacks stuffed Read More
State Board of Missions approves $28.8M CP budget
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—A $28.8 million Cooperative Program budget goal for 2015 that is expected to hasten the Convention reaching a 50-50 division of CP funds between Southern Baptist and Florida 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. Read More
Pastors need to take action when signs of burnout appear
Five years ago, Byron Brown, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, started to experience signs of burnout, but things came to a head a little over a year ago. A 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
Crossover Baltimore leaves lasting effect
BALTIMORE (BP)—Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city. “There’s a lot of hurt and pain ...,” said Carter, Read More
Churches sharpen focus on mental-health issues, but stigma remains
BALTIMORE (FBW)—Some of the people who are helping equip Southern Baptist churches to respond to mental-health issues talked about their challenges during a breakout group as part of the SBC annual Read More
Ronnie Floyd headlines newly elected SBC leaders
BALTIMORE (FLBaptist)—In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on “Restoration & Revival Through Prayer,” Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to Read More
Gay marriage now claims the Northeast
WASHINGTON (BP)—A federal judge has legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, handing the increasingly successful campaign to redefine mankind’s oldest institution a clean sweep of the northeast 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
Pulse of Miami Church reaches out through fitness
MIAMI (FBW)—Women and men clad in shorts, running shoes and T-shirts sit catching their breath under the shade of a tree while sweat rolls down their foreheads and their hair clings to their damp Read More
West Pensacola Baptist crosses the 'moat' to feed neighbors
PENSACOLA (FBW)—When members of West Pensacola Baptist Church decided to begin feeding the hungry and homeless, they looked first to the neighborhoods around their church. The ministry that grew out Read More
Christ Fellowship Miami feeds 830 students a week through backpack program
MIAMI (FBW)—Every weekend, 830 children in Dade County have food to eat because Christ Fellowship in Miami sent it home with them from school. Children find easy-to-prepare food in backpacks stuffed Read More
Pastors need to take action when signs of burnout appear
Five years ago, Byron Brown, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, started to experience signs of burnout, but things came to a head a little over a year ago. A Read More
Former Jacksonville Suns pitcher Graham Taylor trusts Jesus through trials
When Graham Taylor went down with a snapped hamstring, so did his slide into home plate. “It goes down as one of the worst slides,” Taylor said of the moment captured on video. Read More
Lake Mystic Baptist Church a lighthouse in its community
BRISTOL (BP)—The botanically rich town of Bristol—halfway between Tallahassee and Panama City in the Florida Panhandle—is at least 40 miles from the nearest high-rise urban environment. It’s a Read More
Panama City pastor reaching addicts behind bars, on streets
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 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. 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
Sept. 21 Explore the Bible: Why the God-Man?
Medieval theologian Anselm wrote the first theology exploring the reason that Jesus became God incarnate—the God-Man. Anselm wrote that humans owed a debt to God that they were incapable of paying. Read More
Sept. 21 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in Growth
All too often at the Monday morning pastor’s conference, one man confides to a friend, “Man, if the Lord opens up a new ministry somewhere, I would welcome a recommendation. The church I am serving Read More
Sept. 14 Explore the Bible: Pay Attention
My wife can attest to my problems related to hearing. I admit I have three hearing problems. First, I likely experience difficulty hearing because I listened to loud music earlier in my life. Second... Read More
Sept. 14 Bible Studies for Life: Connected in Unity
In reading through the epistles, we notice an absence of emphasis on signs and wonders as gifts or functions within the churches. Peter said Jesus performed signs and wonders as indicating His 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