The Confessions of a Recovering Evangelist

In a society full of people who would rather speak than listen, people are starving for someone who is willing to offer them their ears. Years ago, I flew to Colorado to help people increase the quantity and the quality of their God conversations in a church in Colorado Springs. On the shuttle ride over from the Denver airport to my rental car company, I struck up a conversation with a young man in his early twenties. He had just flown back into the U.S. after a year of graduate study... Read More

South Florida 100: Florida legislative session’s first week; Trump impeachment trial set to begin; get ready for Super Bowl Miami

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, vice president, community relations, Nova Southeastern University Last week: The legislative session started this week in Tallahassee to much fanfare and tradition. This year they face many critical issues including environmental resiliency, workforce housing, transportation, infrastructure, tourism, economic development, education, and hurricane recovery for the panhandle. I am hopeful our elected officials will balance the needs of their constituents,... Read More

Colegas na Seleção Brasileira, Firmino é Batizado por Alisson

Roberto Firmino, campeão mundial de clubes pelo Liverpool FC, diz que agora seu maior título é o amor de Cristo. Milhões de torcedores cristãos estão comemorando a maior jogada fora de campo do famoso jogador brasileiro de futebol Roberto Firmino: ele entregou sua vida a Cristo. Menos de um mês depois de marcar o gol da vitória sobre o Flamengo na Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA, o atacante Firmino do Liverpool Football Club, time da Premier League da... Read More

NRA may be losing sway in the ‘Gunshine State’

Yet, signs indicate the NRA’s grip on Florida lawmakers could be loosening. After the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Legislature passed Florida’s first gun control laws in two decades over the NRA’s objections, raising the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 and imposing a statewide waiting period to purchase a long gun. (A three-day waiting period was already in place statewide for handgun purchases). ... Read More

The clash between sheriff’s candidates Scott Israel and Gregory Tony

Former Sheriff Scott Israel, in blue tie, listens to Sheriff Gregory Tony speak during a policy forum for candidates running for Broward County sheriff on Tuesday. Tony was appointed to the job when Israel was removed by the governor for his performance surrounding the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel) ... Read More

Raw sewage and raw politics: A toxic mix in Tallahassee | Steve Bousquet

In St. Petersburg, for example, nearly 200 million gallons of raw or partially treated sewage spilled into Tampa Bay in 2015 and 2016. In Brevard County last month an estimated 180,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in Viera. Gatehouse Media reported last year that since 2009, nearly 23,000 sewage spills occurred in Florida, releasing 1.6 billion gallons of wastewater, including more than 370 million gallons of untreated sewage. ... Read More

More Multiracial Churches Led by Black, Hispanic Pastors

But the task of stewarding diverse congregations remains a challenge, emotionally and spiritually. For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of leading a multiethnic church. One, a lead pastor of a Southern Baptist congregation in Salt Lake City, recalled the “honest conversations” he had with his 10-member leadership team before it agreed that he would present “both sides” of the controversy over quarterback... Read More