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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.

Evangelistic zeal brings new life to troubled church

December 3, 2014

When Pastor Rodney Keith took the helm of a troubled north Jacksonville congregation he knew only one way to bring it back to life—the tried and true old-fashioned way.

Campus minister, local pastor point hurting FSU community to Christ after shooting

November 20, 2014

Just hours after a gunman exchanged gunfire with campus police in the Florida State University Library, Baptist campus minister Lance Beauchamp and Tallahassee pastor Dean Inserra were drawn immediately to the campus to minister to students, administrators and campus police.

Prayer permeates Florida Baptist annual meeting

November 19, 2014

Gathering together in Lakeland for their 2014 annual meeting, Florida Baptists permeated the two-day event with prayer.

Ministers’ wives encouraged in unique roles

November 19, 2014

Reading from the first chapter of 2 Timothy, pastor’s wife and women’s ministry speaker Lisa McKay challenged approximately 150 Florida Baptist ministers’ wives to remember their call and privilege to serve alongside their husbands in ministry.

Peoples elected to lead Florida Baptist State Convention

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 LAKELAND—James Peoples, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, was elected as president of the one-million member Florida Baptist State Convention during its annual meeting held Nov. 10-11 in Lakeland.

Traylor says CP is 'too vital to lose' in Convention Sermon

November 17, 2014

Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, preaches a timely message on the value of the Cooperative Program, saying it is a "program of cooperation," noting the word "program is our Baptist stewardship;" and "cooperation is our Baptist spirit."

Crossover Lakeland shines light of gospel in central Florida

November 13, 2014

Teams of volunteers fanned out through parking lots of impoverished apartment communities, distributing bagged lunches to grateful residents. Members of a strength team amazed high-school students with feats including ripping telephone books and decks of cards and blowing up a hot water bottle until it burst. An illusionist wowed a crowd of youth with his sleight-of-hand performance.

Thanksgiving must guide the Christian life, says Sullivan in final message

November 13, 2014

Prefacing his remarks with “Never has there been an executive director who has received more cooperation and love from his constituents and for that I am grateful,” John Sullivan presented his final sermon as executive-director treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention Nov. 10 during the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in Lakeland.

Florida Baptists bid farewell to state exec; approve $28.8 CP budget; expect to hit 50-50 in 2017

November 13, 2014

Florida Baptists said farewell to John Sullivan, the ninth executive director–treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for the past 26 years during the 135th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting held Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

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