January 27, 2005 Print Edition

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Broward, Miami-Dade set March 8 slots vote

FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI (FBW) – Voters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties will be asked to consider a referendum in each county to permit Las Vegas-style slot machines at seven pari-mutuel facilities after both county commissions approved separate deals with the pari-mutuels and agreed to add the measure to the March 8 ballot.

U.S. Supreme court refuses to hear appeal in Bush v. Schiavo

WASHINGTON (FBW)–The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by Florida Governor Jeb Bush Jan. 24 to overturn a decision by the Florida Supreme Court which ruled “Terri’s Law” unconstitutional last September.

Federal judge Upholds DOMA, dismisses ‘gay marriage’ case

TAMPA (BP)—In the first ruling of its kind a federal judge upheld the Defense of Marriage Act Jan. 19, dismissing a case brought by a lesbian couple that had sought to have their Massachusetts marriage license recognized in Florida.

Judge rules schools must remove stickers from texts

ATLANTA (BP)— The months-long trial over whether evolution disclaimers in the form of stickers on textbooks in a Cobb County, Ga., school district are permissible ended with a federal judge saying the stickers clearly have a “secular purpose” but are unconstitutional and must be removed.

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Point of View

For the next two weeks, we will explore the Doctrine of the Second Coming. As I began writing this doctrine study, I feel somewhat like Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration: “I wist not what to say.” Yet it becomes imperative that we try to formulate a biblical concept of the last days.

Point of View

Astronomers recently reported seeing, in the pattern of galaxies scattered across the night sky, vestiges of sound waves rumbling through the universe. According to them, this is convincing proof of the validity of science’s big bang theory. The big bang is based on the supposition that the universe is expanding. Sound waves rumbling through the universe, like those recently detected by astronomers, are thought to be similar to the expanding ripples caused by a stone cast into a pond. In other words, sound waves have been rippling through our expanding universe ever since the instant of the universe’s inception.  Consequently, astronomers conclude that the universe began with a big bang of such unimaginable proportion that it has been expanding from the explosion ever since. What incredible power could possibly account for such a blast from the past?

Point of View

We teach our children to walk and talk. We help them learn to read and write. But are you teaching your children how to be healthy?

Point of View

Last week a federal judge, egged on by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ordered a Georgia school district to remove stickers from biology textbooks. Why? Because, according to the judge, a simple statement written on the stickers—that evolution is a theory, not a fact—was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. He held evolution as fact!

Witness now hiring entry-level journalist for writing/layout

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) — Florida Baptist Witness is accepting resumes for an entry level position which will include reporting, layout and design responsibilities in the Jacksonville office.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Super Bowl interns serve Host Committee, JAX Baptist Association as NAMB missionaries

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—For both Eva Wolever and Zac Gorley, the idea of interning with the Super Bowl Host Committee wasn’t exactly his or her idea of doing student missions. For one, it wasn’t summer and Jacksonville wasn’t exactly next door to either of their home states of Washington or Oklahoma. In addition, instead of a lengthy application approval process, each had just days to decide whether to accept that challenge then to pack up and head out towards Jacksonville.

March for Jesus Jan. 29 in JAX

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–The “Super March for Jesus,” a free celebration open to the public, kicks off Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.

Wireless Internet enhances Baptist College of Florida

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Whether sitting under the gazebo or out by the lake, in the dining hall with friends, taking notes in a classroom, or studying in a dorm room, Baptist College of Florida students can be seen all over campus with their laptops in tow and a smile on their faces.

New South Florida Bible Study Summit offers Sunday School leaders age-specific training

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—A one-day meeting focused on cultivating “A Heart for all People” through Sunday School and small group programs will be held at First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, March 12.

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