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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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