January 26, 2012 Print Edition

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Editorial: Roe, conscience and the 2012 election

The Obama Administration chose the eve of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision to promulgate final rules for its healthcare law that will violate the consciences of millions of Americans—and cost the lives of untold others.

Cooperative Program giving surpasses 2011 budget

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist officials are celebrating that during a year when the state’s economy continued to struggle from the financial recession, churches gave $31,746,322 through the Cooperative Program in 2011, surpassing the budget of $31 million by $746,322 or 2.41 percent.

John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, called the news “wonderful.”

Panama City women sing Karaoke in a Red Light District

THAILAND (BP)—“I can’t believe we did that,” I exclaimed, “but it was so much fun.” I had prayerwalked through the red light district many times over the past six months, teaching English to a group of young women each week. We tried to make relationships with these girls, but they often seemed closed to us.

When our team heard about a group of short-term workers from the United States coming to help us for a few days, we prayed that God would use them to open doors in the red light district. My friend, Lynn Andolini*, specifically prayed for a divine encounter on one particular street where we’d been working.

Point of View: FBCH’s Safe Families helps Baptists ‘stand in gap’ for needy Floridians

As an emergency room nurse, I often saw the challenges facing families. I especially recall one late night when a boy who needed medical transport nearly 90 miles away had to go without his distraught grandmother, his legal guardian. She had a second grandchild to watch, and was also unable to drive at night. It’s a scenario played-out across Florida daily. Whether it’s a single mom, an abandoned child, or an exhausted grandparent, the plight of families is real and getting worse.

Point of View: The ‘inconvenience’ of motherhood

RUSTON, La. (BP)—When I was 27 years old my doctor told me that I would probably never have children. At that time I was single, and I wondered if I would ever be married. It was a difficult time in my life, but I knew God had a plan for me. Three years later I met and married my husband. I confided to him that we might not have biological children, so we looked forward to the possibility of one day adopting. Therefore, you can imagine the amazement we felt when, seven months into our marriage, we found out we were expecting our daughter.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Point of View: Morality and the economy: No separating the two

During the seemingly endless build-up to the Iowa caucuses, there was one consistent refrain repeated over and over. It’s like the big lie—the more you keep repeating it, the more people are going to believe it, but it remains a lie.

Mohler tells PBA chapel ‘Greatest Commandment’ relevant during presidential campaign season

WEST PALM BEACH (PBA)—With the eyes of the world watching the U.S. presidential campaign, R. Albert Mohler, president of one of the world’s largest seminaries, reminds Christians to keep it all in perspective.

It is easy to become cynical and believe it does not matter who is president, Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said Jan. 11 at Palm Beach Atlantic University during the chapel hour.

2012 church compensation survey under way

DALLAS (BP)—The 2012 Compensation Survey of ministers and staff at Southern Baptist churches is underway at www.guidestone.org/CompensationSurvey. The deadline for completion is May 31.

Each completed survey helps participating churches obtain an accurate baseline of data regarding compensation among similar-sized churches in their state convention. The survey data can provide customized reports to administrators, personnel/finance committees and minister search teams to help them better determine adequate compensation for ministers and staff. According to survey organizers, a higher number of survey participants leads to a more accurate baseline of compensation.

Meteorologist-turned-minister sees God’s design in nature, Scripture

DUNEDIN (FBW)—Meteorologist-turned-minister Alan Winfield is amazed that other scientists can’t seem to see God’s hand in their work.

Winfield, pastor of missions and education at North Dunedin Baptist Church, fell in love with weather-watching as a young boy in New Jersey—tuning in, hoping snow would cancel school. His passion for meteorology led him to the love of his life when a girl agreed to chase a tornado with him on their first date in Oklahoma.

Florida Baptist churches challenged to ‘Embrace’ people groups

ORLANDO (FBC)—The number is staggering—3,800 people groups in the world are considered unengaged and unreached—unaware of the name of Jesus and His offer of eternal life.

Through the International Mission Board’s “Embrace” initiative, Florida Baptists are in a distinct position to make a difference in the world knowing Jesus, said Florida Baptist mission specialist Dennis Wilbanks.

Romanian pastor & Anglo church planter partner for ministry in S. Florida

HOLLYWOOD (FBC)—Looking beyond the fishbowl of his local church into the vast ocean of spiritual lostness in South Florida, the experienced and visionary Romanian pastor tossed out a lifeline of support to a young, struggling Anglo American church planter being pummeled by wave upon wave of crises.

The day that Florin Vancea, pastor of New Life Romanian Baptist Church, first met church planter Matt Peavyhouse, he knew he “wanted to help this young man with whatever I can.”

Colossians 1:9-23: February 5—Center of everything

One undetected cancer cell in the body can grow, infect differing organs of the body and eventually destroy it. So is it with biblical doctrines. One false doctrine, unanswered, can spread outward to contaminate other teachings. This seminal error had began to take root in the Colossian church. By the second century, it spread until it became a major problem for believers. This system, known later as Gnosticism, had some dominant features by that time. Its adherents taught that God, Pure Mind, was radically different from the physical creation. Between the two, successive orders of being existed, a lesser being, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, became impure enough to create the world. One came to this awareness through a specialized kind of knowledge, arrived by special methods. The Bible presented a majestic refutation to the system, beginning in the Book of Colossians before the heresy reached epidemic proportions. The answers lie in five new things accomplished through Christ, the dynamic center of the order in which He makes all things new (2 Cor. 5:17).

Colossians 1:24 to 2:7: February 12—Center of my church

Some of the most popular TV programs revolve around what could be called murder mysteries. The formats are similar. In the opening scenes, the viewer is presented with a corpse or some other crime scene. The relevant crime squad is summoned and soon prospective guilty persons are presented. We surmise the probability of guilt by how early in the episode the possible perpetrator is introduced, and so forth until the final few minutes when the main investigator identifies the culprit. In contrast, the Bible presents a “mystery” at the beginning and shows how knowledge about it should impact the readers. The mystery of Christ is our focus today.

Survey shows pastors reject evolution, but split on earth’s age

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Pastors overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

The survey of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, released Jan. 9, also found that ministers are almost evenly split on whether the earth is thousands of years old.

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