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Fla. convention to appeal jury judgment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- An attorney for the Florida Baptist Convention has voiced confidence that a judgment by a jury to award $12.5 million to a man molested by a former church planting pastor will be overturned on appeal.

After porn: A marriage is restored

LAKELAND, Fla. (BP) -- Seven years after Cathy Dyer and her husband were married, pornography erupted as a crisis in their marriage, nearly destroying it.       Dyer recounts her real-life story of "God's ability to turn tragedy into triumph" ...

Network’s leader: ‘take the high road’

SANFORD, Fla. (BP) -- Dismissing race as a motive in the Trayvon Martin shooting, a Southern Baptist leader in Florida said he believes because an African America was involved, "there was a racial tone" that has resulted in unavoidable controversy over the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman.

Fla. governor calls for ‘Day of Prayer for Unity’

Noting that "emotions are running high," and less than 24 hours after meeting with protestors camped outside his state capitol office, Gov. Rick Scott issued a statewide "Day of Prayer for Unity in Florida" for July 21 as a response to the George Zimmerman verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Tebow’s pastor: ‘Pray for Tim,’ fellow Christians

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The day after New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow cancelled a scheduled appearance at First Baptist Church in Dallas, his pastor called for prayer for him and those "hated by the world" because of the stands they take.

‘Suits for Servants’ founder Tatum passes away

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) — Radiant in an ivory dress suit, a smiling Bernice Tatum told mourners she met Jim Tatum nearly 63 years ago on a rainy July evening when he sought shelter from Florida’s rain. It was the first time he ever set foot in a church, she said. What followed was a dedicated […]

Christian comic producer reacts to DC Comics announcement of gay Green Lantern

LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- In light of DC Comics revelation that it will re-launch one of its oldest superheroes as a gay man, a Christian comic company has pledged to continue to produce content with a biblical worldview. DC Comics said it would re-launch the original Green Lantern (Alan Scott) as a gay man in the "Earth 2" series.

REVIEW: ‘October Baby’ is refreshing & moving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- "October Baby" is an unexpected film which takes viewers through one of life's most vulnerable times, leaving them alternately holding their heart and grabbing for tissues. No doubt the movie sends strong messages about the beauty of life, the importance of each life -- but it's not preachy. It doesn't need to be.

Segregation, tragedy, yet blessings prevail

PLANT CITY, Fla. (BP) — Maxie Miller Jr. remembers the time when the men in his neighborhood sat on their steps and prayed no bombs would hit their homes. “I grew up in the bombing. I grew up with segregation,” Miller said. “I remember when I got shot and Daddy got me to the hospital […]

Q&A: Sherwood’s Michael Catt on ‘Courageous,’ box office success and (possibly) another movie

JACKSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., spoke to the Florida Baptist Witness about his church's new movie "Courageous" during a visit to the Pastors' Conference at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville.