David Hughes to be nominated Pastors’ Conference president

PENSACOLA (FBW)-David Hughes, senior pastor of Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, will be nominated for president of the 2011 Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference at this year’s meeting, Nov. 8-9 at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.
Pro-lifers: Amendment to health-care bill ‘phony’

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. House of Representatives appears poised to vote on health-care legislation that includes a so-called pro-life compromise opponents of abortion say is bogus.
Maine voters stun pundits, reject ‘gay marriage’ law

AUGUSTA, Maine (BP)–Supporters of traditional marriage in Maine shocked the political world and even some of their own supporters Nov. 3, overcoming a slew of obstacles to overturn a new law that had legalized “gay marriage.”


 In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, <i>Florida Baptist Witness</i> focuses on the stories of two men involved in what has been described by historians as one of the bloodiest battles of the Euorpean theater of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge, ” style=””>
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In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Florida Baptist Witness focuses on the stories of two men involved in what has been described by historians as one of the bloodiest battles of the Euorpean theater of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge, or the Ardennes Offensive from Dec. 16, 1944–Jan. 25, 1945. The conflict, said to involve 500,000 American military personnel, including up to 100,000 of whom were either wounded, taken prisoner, or killed, is known as the turning point by Allied forces which brought about the end of the war in Europe. Our stories focus on Joseph William Plappert, of Monticello, who was captured in Central Belgium and kept as a prisoner of war for six months; and Dean “D.J.” Abernathy, Sr., a retired Florida pastor, who was seriously injured and was awarded The Purple Heart and The Bronze Star.

WWII POW recalls capture in Ardennes Forest
Joseph Plappert & his Bible survived prison camp 64 years ago

Throughout the story in italics are excerpts from Joseph William Plappert’s personal account of the Battle of the Bulge, The Long Journey, which was handwritten by his wife, Lois Plappert.

Cross to be nominated for second term as FBSC president

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Florida Baptist State Convention president John Cross will be nominated for a second term, Brandon minister Bob Anderson told Florida Baptist Witness Nov. 2.

State execs offer GCR task force vision, views

DALLAS (BP)—In what might be arguably the most significant meeting yet for the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, 22 executive directors of Southern Baptist state conventions met with them Oct. 27, to offer some competing, some complementing views and vision about the Southern Baptist Convention and what is needed for a Great Commission resurgence.