Latest Articles by CAROLYN NICHOLS
Dec 5, 2013
APOPKA (FBW)–Churches and organizations across Florida shared traditional Thanksgiving meals with their communities these past few weeks as they thanked God for their own blessings. Whether a shared meal or a meal delivered to work places, menus of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings reminded recipients of the rich history of Thanksgiving in America.
Dec 2, 2013
A decade ago, Deep Creek Baptist changed its name and moved to the Liberty community with high hopes—but now only 12 homes stand among thousands of lots, while the Deep Creek community has flourished with 6,800 homes and approximately 10,000 residents. Now Liberty Community Church is sponsoring a new church back in the Deep Creek community where it began.
Nov 28, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Several Baptist organizations met for fellowship, education and business Nov. 11 prior to the first session of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Jacksonville.
Nov 26, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell, speaking Nov. 12 at the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting, told the story out of Mark 2 of four friends taking their paralytic friend to Jesus.
Like the friends, Baptists must “do whatever it takes” to win the lost, he said, speaking on the theme, “Proclaimed in the Nations.”
Nov 22, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—*Nik Ripken, a global missiologist who has served with the International Mission Board 30 years, offered Florida Baptist State Convention messengers and guests a glimpse of Christianity under persecution. He also reminded them of the “miracle” of churches in the United States worshipping without fear.
Ripken, the author of The Insanity of God and soon-to be released The Insanity of Obedience, was the final speaker of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting at North Jacksonville Baptist Church Nov. 12, and the audience listened in rapt silence to his stories.
Nov 21, 2013
MIAMI (FBW)—During almost every month, two or three Baptist churches are started in Miami. According to Miami Baptist Association Director of Missions Gary Johnson, the volume of new churches contributes to winning a lost city for Christ.
“Why plant so many churches? If a church start reaches 100 people, and if we start 1,000 churches like that, we could reach 100,000 people. If a church start lasts only five years, it is still good because we reach people with the Gospel,” he said.
Nov 21, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Timothy Maynard, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention and pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville, delivered the president’s address Monday evening to a full house of messengers and guests at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.
Nov 18, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Rick Wheeler, lead strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association, stands amazed at the ways God is “expressing renewal” among declining churches. Citing Matthew 16, he said no plan or program could match how God cares for His Bride.
“Jesus said He will build His church and the gates of hell shall not overpower it. He meant it. We serve a creative God who knows no limits in advancing His Kingdom. He is not waiting for us to come up with solutions, and He is not waiting on us to do it,” he said.
Nov 7, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Fruit Cove Baptist Church baptized 47 new believers Sept. 29 - 42 in the church’s first beach baptism. Pastor Tim Maynard said he hoped the beach venue would attract those who had previously made professions of faith but had delayed baptism. Baptisms were also conducted in the morning and evening services at church.
After cancelling the outdoor baptism the week before because of storms, members of the church travelled 20 miles east on a rainy Sunday afternoon to Mickler’s Landing, a popular public access along St. Augustine Beach.
Nov 4, 2013
ARCHER (FBW)—Oliver Everett (O.E.) Boals marked his 100th birthday by preaching Oct. 13 at First Baptist Church in Archer, where he is an active member. He celebrated the milestone birthday on Oct. 9.
The congregation on Oct. 13 included his wife, Velvehree; his three children, Lydia Springs, Carol Bryant and Donald Boals; and other extended family. Twenty-five churches were represented in the overflow crowd. Some came because “it’s not often you get to hear a 100-year-old man preach,” Boals told Florida Baptist Witness.