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Tommy Green on SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage ruling

July 1, 2015

A word from Tommy Green on the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage ruling – Dear Pastor and Church Leader, I have requested Gary Yeldell, legal counsel to the Florida Baptist Convention, to make available steps for churches to consider for protection in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.

FBSC presidents affirm national marriage statement

June 22, 2015

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS—As a sign of unity with the current and former Southern Baptist Convention presidents, 17 former and the current presidents of the Florida Baptist State Convention have affirmed a statement on biblical marriage and the national implications of same-sex marriage.

Passion for harvest of souls leads pastor to fertile fields

June 15, 2015

Leon Sanchez looked out over the migrant laborers working the luscious, green fields symmetrically divided by rows yielding bountiful vegetables for Florida’s dinner tables. And he prayed.

J. Thomas Green named executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention

May 31, 2015

LEESBURG—J. Thomas Green of Brandon has been elected to lead the one million-member Florida Baptist State Convention as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

UF Baptist students forgo Spring Break beach trips to rebuild Sandy victims’ lives

May 12, 2015

ISLIP, NY—Braving temperatures that barely reached 20 degrees, a dozen Florida Baptist Campus Ministry students huddled in Caren FitzPatrick’s cramped basement forming a human chain to haul out her moldy and mildewed personal belongings.

Florida Baptists asked to pray for their summer missionaries serving across the globe

May 6, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptists are asked to pray for the Florida Baptist college students who will serve as their missionaries advancing God’s Kingdom across the globe.

Hurricane Season calls for prayer and readiness

May 4, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Even as Florida Baptists are being called to a Day of Prayer for the 2015 Hurricane Season Sunday, June 7, disaster relief specialists are urging them to be prepared and ready for potential storms that may hit the state.

National Day of Prayer, VBS and SBC Presidents call offer cause for prayer

April 27, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptists have several opportunities to join together in prayer as individuals, churches and associations during the month of May, beginning with the National Day of Prayer emphasis, Thursday, May 7.

John Boone: broker of resources, trainer of trainers retires

April 24, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—For the past 27 years John Boone has been a friend and mentor to Florida Baptist churches and leaders, helping them establish, improve and enlarge their Bible teaching and outreach programs.

80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

March 17, 2015

MIAMI (BP)—Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba are expected to arrive in Havana March 25.

Sullivan donates personal library to BCF

March 9, 2015

GRACEVILLE–A collection of at least 6,000 books, including rare Bibles, numerous Biblical commentaries, sermon series by various distinguished Biblical expositors and volumes on the pastoral ministry and Christian life was donated to the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville by John Sullivan upon his retirement as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Shameless audacity for prayer, urgency of gospel urged during evangelism conferences

March 5, 2015

Fleming Island—Stressing an urgency for sharing the gospel and audacious prayer, speakers at three regional evangelism conferences decried the rise of worldwide terrorism, the brutality of terrorist groups and declining Biblical morals as indicators the world is in trouble.

2014 Florida CP drops 1.84 percent from previous year

February 16, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptist churches gave $29,643,195 through the Cooperative Program in 2014, representing a 1.84 percent decrease from the previous year and the lowest amount given in 15 years.

Board celebrates John Sullivan’s final meeting, names Owens as interim

February 12, 2015

LEESBURG—Closing the chapter on his 26-year tenure, the State Board of Missions said farewell to John Sullivan in his final Board meeting as executive director-treasurer and named his closest associate, Glen Owens, as interim EDT during its Feb. 6 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Glen Owens elected interim executive-director of Florida Baptist Convention

February 6, 2015

LEESBURG—Glen Owens, who has served for 25 years as the assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention, has been elected as interim executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, effective March 1, during the State Board of Missions meeting in Leesburg, Feb. 6.

Florida and Cuban Baptists bound by hope and long-standing commitment

February 4, 2015

HAVANA—As the United States turns its attention to restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, Florida Baptists continue to work alongside its neighbors 90 miles to the south maintaining relationships built during the past 18 years.

New church reaches beyond norm for real people

January 26, 2015

A pair of strobe lights pierced the night of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown skies beckoning Saturday night partyers to Club Karu where they will be lured to the dance floor and bars by pulsating reggae, salsa and hip hop music.

Church planter follows God’s leadership despite costs

January 26, 2015

Former Walmart store manager Quincy Stratford supervised 600 employees in the heart of Dallas where police SWAT teams routinely patrolled the parking lot. But the African-American pastor considers answering God’s call to plant a church in Wesley Chapel the most fearful thing he had ever done.

5 years later, Haitian pastors say quake opened doors

January 22, 2015

As the earth began to buckle Jan. 12, 2010, Youdel Azor recalled, "The ground was moving like someone bouncing on a trampoline." In 35 seconds on that scary, sad and dreadful day in Haiti five years ago, more than 230,000 people were dead from the earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale. People trapped by massive slabs of concrete cried for relief, said Azor and a group of Haitian Baptist pastors meeting in Port-au-Prince this past December.

Veteran’s new mission extends Cuba partnership eastward

January 6, 2015

How much difference can one mission trip make in a person’s life? Just ask Peter Vega Jr.

Lifting Christ high in the gateway to the Americas

January 6, 2015

Sometimes when people set foot in Miami for the first time, they wonder if they are still in the United States, according to Jose Abella, pastor of Providence Road Church there.

God uses collegiates to bring change ‘through them and to them’

January 6, 2015

Amber walked through the streets of Bruhl, Germany, praying for the physical and spiritual needs of the German people.

Entrepreneur leads church to buy historic landmark

December 15, 2014

From the shadows of a garbage dump to a historic community playhouse in the heart of Hollywood, God has led church planter Martin Vargas and a band of believers through a circuitous journey of faith during the past decade.

House of Hope strives to be ‘His hands and feet’

December 15, 2014

In the pre-dawn hours before the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of needy people stand in line at the House of Hope waiting for groceries, coffee and donuts, clothes and a little hope to help them make it through the week.

No excuses: college student serves Christ despite difficulties

December 3, 2014

Her smile emerges quickly and brightly, and she laughs right out loud. Her lips recite Scripture with a natural ease and intimacy. Her eyes mirror the brilliant blue of a Gulf Coast Florida sky.

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