Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
May 8, 2013
LEESBURG (FBC)—Nearly 200 participants had their eyes and hearts opened to the multitude of mission opportunities available to them as Florida Baptists during the “Missional Connection” conference April 12-13 at Lake Yale Conference Center in Leesburg.
Workshops highlighted a wide array of missions involvement, including social media, first aid, human exploitation, missional living, grant writing, orphan care, migrants and helping hurting women. Ministry projects fashioned mats for the homeless from plastic grocery bags, collected hygiene products for carnival workers and gathered Bibles and prepackaged snacks for Bible clubs meeting regularly in local elementary schools.
Apr 26, 2013
KENDALL (FBC)—After seeing church signs posted along southwest Miami roads near his home, Sergio Barrero, 23, and his family began visiting Turning Point Church in Kendall, Fla., about eight months ago.
Apr 26, 2013
KENDALL (BP)—Después de ver los anuncios de la iglesia por los caminos del suroeste de Miami cerca de su casa, Sergio Barrero, de 23 años, y su familia comenzaron a visitar Turning Point Church en Kendall, Florida hace unos ocho meses.
Apr 12, 2013
HIALEAH (FBC)—Despite being imprisoned in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel, Cuban pastor and author Alberto Gonzales steadfastly refused to leave his homeland as he persevered in reaching the seaport city of Cardenas for Christ.
Apr 10, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Even with six decades in the ministry, Dan Wade believes he is never too old or experienced for fresh ideas and spiritual insights, especially when it comes to evangelism. So attending the State Evangelism Conference March 17-19 was a priority for the pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Zephyrhills.
Not only was he “challenged and encouraged” by the sermons he heard, but he found new evangelistic tools to use in his roles as an interim pastor and mentor to younger pastors. Since beginning his interim at New Shiloh Church in Clearwater, he has seen 40 professions of faith at the church. “The preaching has been excellent,” he said of the conference. “Being a preacher, I like to hear others preach.”
Apr 10, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—When a 28 year-old man was shot to death in the Shindler Drive Baptist Church parking lot in January, Pastor John Green believed the ensuring media coverage wanted him to focus on the issue of gun violence. Instead he presented a clear Gospel message and a promise that God can bring good from evil.
Mar 27, 2013
MIAMI (FBC)–A lonely soul slips into the back row during worship at Greater Mercy Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown as Pastor Willie Williams proclaims how to manage when “life turns bitter instead of better.”
Mar 20, 2013
MAYO (FBC)—The 175 church leaders attending a “Big God, Small Member Church” conference March 2 at Airline Baptist Church in Mayo were challenged to stop looking at the size of their church but rather to focus on the vision and power of the God they serve.
“I believe God loves small churches,” said host pastor Chip Parker. “We have got to stop seeing the size of our church as a limitation but look instead to the God we serve. This conference is about a big God.”
Mar 6, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The only light in the auditorium radiated from the glow of iPads as five college students read verse after verse, communicating a centuries-old call in a truly contemporary fashion.
They called for the students to follow; they called for them to serve; they called for them to take up the yoke of Christ; they called for them to change the world.
Feb 26, 2013
TAMPA (FBC)—Amanda Duncan tried to corral her lively 20-month-old daughter, Emily, as they waited their turn for groceries at the Cook’s Hat Food Ministry at Tampa’s Seminole Heights Baptist Church. The little one squealed with delight each time she escaped her mother’s clutches.
The mother of five works 48 hours a week at a gas station for minimum wage, yet there never seems to be enough money since her husband was laid off from his job.