October 11, 2007 Print Edition

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Former Florida executive director dies at 79

SUN CITY, Ariz. (FBC)—"We have lost a giant in Southern Baptist life," observed Vanita Baldwin reflecting on the Oct. 2 death of Dan C. Stringer, who served as executive director-treasurer for the Florida Baptist Convention from 1979 to 1989.

Former Florida executive director dies at 79

SUN CITY, Ariz. (FBC)-"We have lost a giant in Southern Baptist life," observed Vanita Baldwin reflecting on the Oct. 2 death of Dan C. Stringer, who served as executive director-treasurer for the Florida Baptist Convention from 1979 to 1989.

Trafficking victims prompt new Baptist ministry in Moldova

CHISINAU, Moldova (BP)—"Earn money abroad. Waiters, housemaids and managers needed for world-renowned hotel chain. Immediate openings. Potential to earn thousands."

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Recently, General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused quite a stir at a Senate hearing by stating his belief that homosexuality is immoral. Speaking of gays wishing to enlist in the military, the General said that they should be respected for wanting to serve their country, but that the country should not condone homosexuality "through the law of the land," since homosexuality "is counter to God's law."

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As the Indian gaming debate simmers in Florida, there are significant issues to consider about expanding casino gambling throughout the state. With Las Vegas-style gambling prospects, citizens are raising concerns about the negative impact on our tourism industry, public safety and consumer protection. As a lifetime resident of Central Florida, I share those concerns.

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With the massacre at Virginia Tech and the chilling execution-style murder of four Delaware State students, it is not surprising that many Americans have almost forgotten an equally horrifying event that took place one year ago.

BCF professor receives NAMB certification in apologetics

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Mark Rathel, associate professor of theology and philosophy at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, is the first apologetics instructor to receive certification from the North American Mission Board. Rathel also authors bi-weekly commentaries in the Florida Baptist Witness on Explore the Bible Sunday School lessons.

Multi-racial congregation bridges gap of culture and race to grow

MIRAMAR (FBC)—Each Sunday 13 cultures and five language groups worship together at New Beginnings Christian Faith Center in West Miramar, a group whose diversity reflects the community located on the Broward-Dade county line.

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