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1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of 1,285 new Christian believers as 112 Florida Baptist churches partnered for "Acts 2:41 Sunday -- Baptizing Coast-to-Coast."
From the sandy white Gulf beaches of Perdido Key in Pensacola to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean that stretch from Jacksonville to Miami; from the Suwannee River to lakes and state parks in every region, thousands of Florida Baptists and onlookers gathered to celebrate and witness the hundreds of Christians who publicly professed their faith through baptism. Read More
Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states
Five states in the U.S. have passed laws protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs, and at least two other states are considering similar legislation. Read More
Overwhelmed parents focus of new resource
The Straubs and LifeWay Christian Stores have created TwentyTwoSix, a subscription-based resource to help parents be more confident in the discipleship of their children -- without adding time to a jam-packed schedule. Read More
Fla. pastor Jose Abella to be 2nd VP nomineePHOENIX (BP) -- Florida pastor Jose Abella will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Georgia pastor Michael Lewis announced May 10.
In 2010, Abella planted Providence Road Church, a bilingual congregation in Miami, and has served as pastor ever since. He is a preacher for this year's SBC Pastors' Conference, a former second vice president of the Florida Baptist Convention and a council member for the Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance. Read More
Make eternal investment, Patterson tells SWBTS grads
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson exhorts 220 college, master's and doctoral graduates to invest in what is eternal. Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: LC's Bronx baseball trio graduates; NEBC's Ballard addresses transition of Moody-founded campus; SBU physical therapy team returns to HaitiBronx baseball trio graduates at Louisiana College; Northeastern Baptist College President Mark Ballard addresses transition of D.L. Moody-founded campus in Massachusetts; Southwest Baptist University physical therapy team returns to Haiti. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Christianity really is different
The Sermon on the Mount reflects the uniqueness of Christianity, Waylon Bailey writes, noting Jesus' call to seek good and not evil. "Living in this way will change you and will witness to the power of Christ to the people around you," he writes. Read More