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TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—In spite of court rulings overturning Florida’s law banning homosexuals from adopting children, House Speaker Dean Cannon believes Gov. Rick Scott should direct the Department of Children and Families to enforce the law.
In an exclusive interview with Florida Baptist Witness in the speaker’s Capitol office on Jan. 20, Cannon talked about various policy issues for the upcoming legislative session and his goals for the next two years as the top presiding officer of the Florida House of Representatives.
When Gov. Rick Scott says Florida "is open for business," does he mean casinos? The gaming industry is taking that proposition bet.
Several Las Vegas casino companies are said to be angling to build destination resorts in the Sunshine State. And they have a politically connected player doing the spade work in South Florida.
Al Cardenas, a Miami lobbyist for Wynn casinos and a former state Republican Party chairman, was recently quoted as saying, "The concept is not just to create a source of revenue for the state that could equal or surpass the lottery. More important is the billions that would be invested in our state and the creation of tens of thousands of permanent, high-paying jobs."
BONIFAY (FBW)—Holmes County Baptist churches will unite in prayer Jan. 30, continuing a tradition the Baptist association began three years ago. In all corners of the rural Panhandle county, churches will observe a Solemn Assembly Day of Prayer.
Director of Missions Todd Unzicker said he is thrilled that at least 75 percent of the association’s 29 churches are participating in the SBC Day of Prayer promoted by SBC President Bryant Wright to “Be still and know that God is God.”
I wouldn’t blame Gov. Rick Scott if he doesn’t trust the mainstream media (MSM).
There’s no denying Republican politicians have a high level of mistrust for the news media. They believe—as do no small number of evangelical Christians—the news media takes sides in favor of their opponents, no matter how many times the press insists it is unbiased, seeking only to report the truth.
Twenty-one years ago I was just starting out as a writer and so when Missouri Citizens for Life asked me to join them to capture the day’s events at a Rally for Life in St. Louis, I was delighted to be of service.
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.
Have you ever heard someone say something like “I’m sick of political correctness.” And then, as if to prove the point, that same person uses hurtful epithets to describe other people? Or maybe you’ve noticed that those who often decry hate speech are the first to label someone else a bigot?
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—How do you change the world? One student at a time, as John Bailey sees it.
“That’s a 20-year-old statement, but we still see that it’s true, probably even more so with this generation,” said Bailey, who leads the student volunteer mobilization team for the North American Mission Board. “We wake up every day with this picture that students can change the world and it all comes about by what God can do through them.
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida will open the doors of the Graceville campus Friday, March 11 for Preview Day. The bi-annual event begins with registration in the R.G. Lee Chapel at 9 a.m. (CST) and gives prospective students and their families a glimpse into the life of a BCF student.
Prospective students and their guests will be welcomed by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen as they enjoy a time of student-led praise and worship. Campus visitors will have the opportunity to learn about degree programs, gather financial aid information, and explore the library, writing center, and computer labs—and experience an array of student activities while touring the dorms and campus.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—The Jacksonville City Parks and Recreation Department has invited Florida Baptist mission teams to work in 25 of its “at risk” communities. According to Nick Phoenix, pastor of North Main Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, the city has asked for camp and sports outreach programs at its community centers.
Phoenix, who heads up the Words to Works Ministry, said the “at risk” areas in the city are problem-filled, with “just kids hanging out, looking to get into trouble.”
All military veterans experience a sense of sadness, shame, and anger when one of their own commits treason. How could anyone betray the nation and undermine the constitution of the United States for money or other personal gain? Did not the oath to protect one’s country against its enemies not mean anything at all? Our study of loyalty to God centers around Israel’s betrayal of His direct commands. Their disloyalty resulted from years of a lifestyle that gradually hardened their souls against God. Individuals slipped away from God without being aware of what happened.