2004 Christian Citizenship
Oct 19, 2004
Christian faith and public policy: Kerry’s contradictions

How are we to relate our Christian beliefs to the political sphere? That question has demanded the most careful and faithful Christian thinking for centuries, but recent comments by Sen. John Kerry provide an illustration of how not to apply Christian truth to the great moral questions of our age.

Oct 19, 2004
BREAKPOINT: Why should they vote? Young people ponder the issues

A heated discussion took place recently at a teen center. What was the topic? Who’s going to win the Superbowl or which rock band was the best? No, the group was in deep discussion about the upcoming presidential election. And anecdotal evidence suggests this kind of discussion is going on all over the country.

Oct 15, 2004
Southern Baptist agency analyzes parties’ platforms; excerpts offered

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—As America draws closer to Election Day, some voters may be questioning the $270,000 the government has earmarked for potato storage research in Madison, Wis., or the $50 million approved for an indoor rainforest project in Iowa—both federal entitlements cited by the advocacy group Citizens Against Government Waste in its most recent report.

Oct 15, 2004
The following are excerpts from the Political Party Platform Comparison, a resource produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s iVoteValues.com initiative.
Oct 15, 2004
The following are excerpts from the Political Party Platform Comparison, a resource produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s iVoteValues.com initiative.
Oct 15, 2004
Many are confused about what is and what is not legal given the IRS restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt organizations. While it is impossible to lay out a definitive list of do’s and don’ts since the IRS interprets what is and isn’t legal, the resource below is offered for general guidelines compiled by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:
Oct 15, 2004

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Having failed three times in as many decades to win approval for casinos, gambling forces hope they will finally hit the jackpot next month with a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the approval of Floridians across the state to allow two south Florida counties to introduce slot machines at seven pari-mutuel facilities.

Oct 14, 2004
Have you noticed those slick televisions ads lately selling Amendment 4 to Floridians as a long overdue, painless and harmless way of regulating and taxing gambling to help with overcrowding schools and underpaid teachers? With a flush bank account of well over $13 million, if you haven’t noticed them yet, don’t worry—we’re going to be bombarded with them from now until Nov. 2.
Oct 14, 2004
Have you noticed those slick televisions ads lately selling Amendment 4 to Floridians as a long overdue, painless and harmless way of regulating and taxing gambling to help with overcrowding schools and underpaid teachers? With a flush bank account of well over $13 million, if you haven’t noticed them yet, don’t worry—we’re going to be bombarded with them from now until Nov. 2.
Sep 28, 2004
Bill Clinton and the meaning of ‘values’

Well, well. Former U.S. Bill President Bill Clinton, the nation’s most prominent serial adulterer and liar, has just announced he has acquired values. Don’t get too excited, though, until you hear him out.

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Miami port ministry reaches beyond its shores
MIAMI (FLBaptist)—With the majestic skyline of downtown Miami as a backdrop and the azure waters of Biscayne Bay surrounding its causeway, PortMiami’s impressive lineup of Read More
Mary Esther church to host a craft fair April 26
First Baptist Church in Mary Esther will host a Craft Fair April 26 to benefit its mission Read More
Embers of revival still glow from 2014 Evangelism Conferences
BONIFAY (FLBaptist)—The embers of revival are still burning in the hearts of pastors in Holmes County, days after the conclusion of a western region Evangelism Conference Read More
North Florida training event focuses on engagement, equipping and evangelism
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Experienced church leaders and top-of-the-line trainers from LifeWay Christian Resources will provide renewed vision and clear direction for churches in leadership, Read More
Spring Hill church will host Swinging for Missions April 26
Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill will host its sixth-annual Swinging for Missions golf event April 26 at the Brooksville Country Read More
Selected Proverbs: April 27—Alchohol and drug abuse
Among contemporary evangelical Christians, the use of alcohol is on the upswing. This alarming trend is intergenerational, yet young adult Christians increasingly are abandoning the position of Read More
400 students from Daytona area give their hearts to Christ at FCA huddles
DAYTONA (FBW)—During Fellowship of Christian Athletes school gatherings in the Daytona area Feb. 10-14, more than 400 students stood to make public decisions for Christ. They were among 750 students Read More
Sarasota church will host Easter sunrise service April 20
Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in the church’s east parking lot. Read More
Heart languages soar with songs of faith in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (BP)—Emotion was palpable amid cautious but fervent prayers as Nepalese women dabbed tears with their shawls and men let intense worship furrow their brows. Read More
His touch gives dignity to India’s destitute & dying
BANGALORE, India (BP)—A child died during the night. The next morning Auto T. Raja lays a clean white sheet on the floor of an empty room in the children’s Read More
Chaplains share Christ, sustain believers’ faith
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—From foreign battlefields to American corporate board rooms to hospital bedsides to the front seats of police cars and more, Southern Baptists minister through their chaplains Read More
Deaf man in the Motor City inspires families
MACOMB, Mich. (BP)–Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: Metro Detroit is dying. No one wants to live in the city. Read More
Grafitti 2 is New York’s thriving church plant
NEW YORK (BP)–High school student Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Read More
‘Restoration & Revival through Prayer’ to headline SBC in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (SBC Life)—The theme for the 2014 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore will be “Restoration and Revival through Prayer,” according to SBC President Fred Luter. Read More
Advance notes on 2014 SBC annual meeting in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (FBW)—The following information related to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore is provided via the website sbclife.net and has previously been published in an issue Read More
Pro-Hobby Lobby side hopeful after Supreme Court opening oral arguments
WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court contemplated the right of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs in the face of a government decree upon their companies during oral arguments in Read More
Deaf man in the Motor City inspires families
MACOMB, Mich. (BP)–Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: Metro Detroit is dying. No one wants to live in the city. Read More
Grafitti 2 is New York’s thriving church plant
NEW YORK (BP)–High school student Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Read More
Religious stereotype in Quebec challenged by church planter
LENNOXVILLE, QC (BP)—Canadians easily dismiss Christianity—especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Québécois culture—a culture Read More
Miami church planter featured in Annie Week of Prayer guide
HOMESTEAD (BP)—You could say Patrick Coats is a product of his spiritual legacy. But it’s a legacy he attempted to elude—at least for a time. A native of Miami, Read More
‘Firmly Planted’ NAMB missionaries focus of Annie Armstrong Offering prayer guide
The North American Missions Emphasis is a time to nurture in Southern Baptists an awareness of and sensitivity to the need to penetrate lostness among all people in North Read More
Inerrancy. Does it matter?
LUTZ (FBW)—Driven to discover what the average Florida Baptist in the pew thinks about the Bible, a religion professor and longtime Florida Baptist embarked on a study in Read More
Inerrancy 'drift' festers in Christian academia
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Challenges in biblical inerrancy facing Christian colleges and seminaries were aired during the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meeting in Read More
Missionary from Tampa expects big things from God
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (BP)—Martha Moore doesn’t waste time dreaming small. The Southern Baptist missionary from Tampa, Fla., has learned to fully expect that God will do 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
Matthew 8:1-13: April 27—Hope found
The order of the miracles Jesus performed presents our Lord’s plan for a stable society as well as the evidence for who He is. In His first miracle, He met the needs for the success of a marriage Read More
1 Corinthians 15:20-28: April 20—But now ... Victory
Our Scripture passage for today presents us with a marvelous opportunity to present our Lord’s resurrection from an exciting perspective. Beginning with the unquestioned importance of His Read More
Mark 15:16 to 16:8: April 20—The Gospel of death and resurrection of Jesus
The core affirmation of the Christian faith is the amazing claim that “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14) died. The death of Jesus was not an accident, but the purposive plan of God. Jesus did not Read More
2 Samuel 9:1-13: April 13—Hope needed
We can identify with David’s actions in our assigned text. We have gone through a series of wars, beginning with World War II (1941-45), the Korean Conflict (1950-53), the Vietnam War (1963-75) and Read More
Selected Proverbs: April 13—Forging godly relationships
The older I become the more I discover friendships mean more to me. As one who is an introvert by natural disposition, I particularly cherish the rich friendships I have within the community of Read More
Exodus 31:12-17: April 6—Give work a rest
We Baptists call ourselves a people of the Book, meaning the Bible. We contend publicly for the right to publish the Ten Commandments in public places as well as plaques in our homes. Even a casual Read More
Selected Proverbs: April 6—Wisdom in finances
Years ago, I conducted a study of finances in Proverbs. I began by listing every reference to finances I could find within God’s Wisdom book. My list of financial passages from Proverbs filled up Read More
2 Corinthians 9:6-13: March 30—Work your plan
The necessity of working your plan is good advice, but only if the plan has a reasonable prospect of leading to success. The chances of a new business surviving the first year are quite small. One 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
Se envían a Cuba instrumentos musicales y Biblias para impulsar el reavivamiento
LA HABANA, Cuba (BP)—Lo que alguna vez fue un instrumento musical polvoriento y abandonado en una esquina ahora es un instrumento de esperanza y evangelismo en Cuba, gracias 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
Jacksonville youth pastor, Jon Moody, 33, dies
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Jonathan "Jon" E. Moody, 33, middle school pastor at Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville died Aug. 9. Moody is survived by his wife Lindsay; Read More
OBITUARY: Former moderator of Southwest Fla. assn. Charles Beal, dies in Texas
SARASOTA (FBW)—Charles Beal, retired pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church in Sarasota, died July 1 in Richland Hills, Texas. He was Read More
OBITUARY: WWII veteran and retired pastor, David J. Lundin, dies
CALLAHAN (FBW)—David J. Lundin, retired pastor of Georgia and Florida churches, died June 24, one day before his 94th birthday. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and served in WWII in Read More
John D.W. Watts, 92, former missionary & professor, dies
PENNEY FARMS (FBW)- John Drayton Williams “D.W.” Watts, a former professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Southern Baptist Missionary, died July 21 near his home in Penney Farms, Read More
Charles R. Swartz Jr. 83, dies
LAKELAND (FBW)-Charles R. Swartz Jr., 83, retired pastor of South Florida Baptist Association churches, died July Read More