January 8, 2004 Print Edition

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Florida case draws international attention as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday nears

CLEARWATER (FBW)–Drawing an international spotlight to Florida in 2003, the case of 40-year-old disabled woman Terri Schiavo continues to sustain momentum as right-to-die advocates and right-to-life proponents square off in what has become one more stake in the battle over the sanctity of human life.

Southern Baptists to vote to end ties with Baptist World Alliance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A recommendation that the Southern Baptist Convention withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance has been made by a study committee of the SBC Executive Committee.

Theological concerns were cited as the core reason for the recommendation by the nine-member panel.

11-year-old Florida boy spearheads Pledge petition

MILTON (FBW)-When 11-year-old Tanner Lunsford, a member of Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton, visited Washington, D.C., on a family vacation last fall, he noticed that many of the monuments quoted Bible verses. Not long after they returned to their Panhandle home, controversy erupted over the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.


The necessity of strong and focused evangelistic leadership is critical for the growth of the church. The church is not gaining ground and it is time to reclaim lost ground within our communities. Everything of the church centers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our ministry must be Christ—centered and Christ—honoring.


When Joshua Davey enrolled at Northwest College, he probably never dreamed that his decision would lead him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Davey arrived at Northwest with a scholarship given to Washington state residents who show academic promise. When he declared pastoral studies as his major, the scholarship was withdrawn.

Seminary workshops to feature interactive TV

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptists can pursue a theological education while remaining close to home. The Convention’s Department of Theological Education and Distance Learning, working in cooperation with the Baptist College of Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is offering theological education classes several locations and in various degree programs.

Chinese, Brazilian churches join others

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 17 new churches from Oct. through Dec. 2003.

40 Days of Purpose leads to new church ministries

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series highlighting the involvement of Florida churches in the 40 Days of Purpose campaign.]

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—From South Florida to the Panhandle, people have gained new insights after being involved in 40 Days of Purpose, a campaign which involves a study of The Purpose Driven Life, a New York Times bestseller authored by pastor Rick Warren.

Historical Vignette: Florida Baptist Association: Sunshine State’s oldest group of churches

The first Baptist association in Florida was the Suwannee Association organized at Providence Church in Columbia County in 1835. However this association changed its name to the Suwannee River Primitive Baptist Association in 1847. The name change came because of a leadership crisis in the anti-missionary movement of the time. Many missionary churches had been excluded from the association.

COMMENTARY: Painful death ahead: Cancer victim speaks out

It was New Year’s Day, but Sidney Cohen cared nothing about the year ahead. He longed to be killed. He had been diagnosed with cancer less than two months before, when his physician told him he could expect to die a painful death within three months. He was "bed bound by pain and weakness, having been able to drink only water for six weeks." He was "desperate, isolated, and frightened." He said, "I truly wished that euthanasia could have been administered."

Legislature pressed to act in defense of life in case of Terri Schiavo

TAMPA (FBW)—In a state where a death sentence can be appealed again and again, it didn’t sit well with members of both chambers of the legislature that Terri Schiavo faced imminent death unless drastic measures were taken to remedy the situation.

Advance Directives and Living Wills

The following is an excerpt of a brochure, "The Sanctity of Human Life: A Time To Live, A Time To Die: Advance Directives and Living Wills," published by the Christian Life Commission, now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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