January 15, 2009 Print Edition

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Starke pastor calls Tebow a ‘servant leader’ on & off field

STARKE (FBW)—For sure, it’s his ability to throw a football that got University of Florida’s Tim Tebow a Heisman Trophy last year—and earned the team a chance at the BCS National Championship tonight. But more than his ability to play football, it’s Tebow’s leadership that has people asking more, says Starke student pastor Joe Fennell.

Obama’s abortion bailout?

WASHINGTON (BP)—More than 60 abortion rights groups have signed a 55-page report to President-elect Barack H. Obama urging him to include abortion coverage in any national health care plan and to help roll back dozens of pro-life laws, including bans on taxpayer funding of abortion and partial-birth abortion in what one pro-life group says would amount to an “abortion bailout.”

Warren Obama’s unpopular pick for inaugural invocation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—President-elect Barack H. Obama has invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Obama’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., and homosexual activists have reacted with outrage.

Gov. Crist, First Lady host book drive for foster children

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Gov. Charlie Crist and First Lady Carole Crist celebrated the Governor’s Holiday Book Drive by hosting a party and book reading at the Governor’s Mansion Dec. 17 with 30 local foster children and their families and foster agency workers. The book drive has collected more than 700 books for foster children across Florida.

Tampa area churches gear up for Super Bowl XLIII

TAMPA (FBW)—Counting down the days until Super Bowl XLIII fever sweeps Tampa Bay the last week in January, area churches anticipated ways to reach their local communities with the Word of God—and a strong Christian influence.

Souper Bowl of Caring feeds hungry

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—America’s youth are working to make 2009 a record year for the Souper Bowl of Caring, with a national goal of raising 11 million in cash and cans for hunger and poverty-related charities across the country.

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Retired Pensacola campus minister dies

McComb, Miss (FBC)—Florida Baptist Convention retiree Marvin W. Howard, who served as the Pensacola-area Baptist Campus Director from 1972 to 1986, died Monday, Dec. 22 in Natchez, Miss., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident two weeks before his death. He was 84.

‘Stand up for Jesus,’ Kinchen says

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—At The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, 59 marched down the center aisle Dec. 11 to receive diplomas and begin another chapter in their desire to follow Christ in areas of ministry and service. Family and friends gathered with them to join in the celebration culminating years of study, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance by the Fall 2008 graduates.

Sons, like fathers, earn advanced degrees

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BCF)—Graduation ceremonies are exciting enough and recently several faculty and administrators from The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville had the unique opportunity to participate in their sons’ graduation ceremonies late last year.

BCF awards leadership certificates in Brazil

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Crowds were standing outside of the open windows of an already full building in Cururupu, Brazil, as 38 students graduated from the Leadership Certificate Program of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. The ceremony took place at Igregia Batista where the students had attended classes for two years.

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