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Sep 18, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Group, Florida Baptists started five new churches in July. The following is a listing of new churches by association:
Sep 18, 2014
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 Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81.
Gage—a teen gang leader who came to Christ after hearing the Gospel preached in 1951 in Houston—was among the initial inductees to the Evangelists Hall of Faith, created in 2008 by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Sep 17, 2014
Musician and actor Alan Powell is a preacher’s kid with Florida ties who is playing the lead role in the upcoming film “The Song,” which is being released on Sept. 26. His father is Richard Powell, lead pastor of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor Kevin Bumgarner caught up with the younger Powell to talk with him about the film, his future and how God is working in his life.
Sep 16, 2014
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations.
Most said much work remains, both inside and outside the church.
Sep 15, 2014
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 is not interested in growing. I need a change.” At the back of our minds is the image of an ideal church in which excitement fills the air. Yet, the Bible at no point commands us to grow a bigger church, choir or anything else. The Great Commission motivated the apostles because Jesus said, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14). Whatever it took to bring Him back, they would do. They scattered to the ends of the earth. That should be our motivating commitment, but in the meanwhile, what should be our spiritual goal for the church that we serve? The Bible makes that work abundantly clear.
Sep 15, 2014
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. The debt was so great only God could pay the debt, yet as the debtors, by necessity, humans must pay the debt. The Son of God became a man for two reasons. As God, He possessed the ability to pay the debt. As Man, He could rightfully pay the debt. Approximately 1,000 years before Anselm, the author of Hebrews set forth a biblical answer to the question, “Why did the Son of God become a human being?” Hebrews 2:9-18 details six answers to the question, “Why did the Son of God become a man?
Sep 14, 2014
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, one of the largest African-American Baptist churches in Jacksonville, is in the process of partnering with the predominantly Anglo Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park.
If all goes according to plan, the two congregations will become one church with multiple locations sometime next year.
Sep 14, 2014
OCALA (FBW)—Highlands Baptist Church and Wellspring Church, located less than a mile from each other in the Central Florida town of Ocala, merged on Sept. 7.
Following a six-month-long “Church Unique” revitalization program, Highlands Pastor Chris Gilliam felt inspired to join forces with Wellspring in order to get back to what he felt was the church’s original calling. After unanimous votes by both churches, the merger was confirmed on Aug. 17 after the Highlands’ vote.
Sep 11, 2014
One-time announcements are provided free by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please e-mail materials at least three weeks before the date of the event to floridafocus@goFBW.com. Information may also be mailed to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Sep 11, 2014
Florida Baptists were among the thousands who voted in primary elections Aug. 26. Some of the voters may have met the candidates and questioned them in events at their churches, and some may have read the candidates’ opinions on issues in voter guides that were distributed at one of the state’s 3,000 churches.
However, most Florida Baptist churches shy away from election-year involvement because of fear of lawsuits or losing their tax-exempt status. Their fears are unfounded, according to Bill Bunkley, president of the Florida Ethics and Religious Commission and a representative of the Florida Baptist Convention during legislative sessions in Tallahassee for the past 19 years.