October 18, 2007 Print Edition

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Soldier surprises mom, church on early return from Iraq

ORLANDO (FBW)—Through two deployments of her son's National Guard unit into war zones, Sergeant David Allen Drew's mother prayed God would send him back to her, walking "under his own steam." Sun., Oct. 7, Drew surprised his mother and most of the congregation of Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, with visible evidence of answered prayer.

Vandals graffiti rural church, burn American flag

VERNON (FBW)—Vandals broke into a rural Florida church Oct. 5 scrawling satanic messages on the walls and making a bonfire out of an American flag, Bibles and hymnals.

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As if the world needed another crazy development, the Council of Europe, the continent's central human rights body, recently declared creationism to be a threat to human rights. The group's Parliamentary Assembly approved a resolution stating that creationism is promoted by "forms of religious extremism."

Point of View

During this year's SBC Pastors' Conference I was part of a breakout session led by Dr. T.W. Hunt. This dear man of God has spent years seeking the face of God and also teaching God's people about prayer.

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Christopher Hitchens's new book, God is Not Great, is subtitled How Religion Poisons Everything Everything is a big word, but I guess Hitchens means it. According to him, "religion makes people do wicked things they wouldn't ordinarily do ... the licenses for genocide, slavery, racism, are all right there in the holy text."

Brothers organize baptisms at Ichetucknee & Wakulla springs

LAKE CITY (FBW)—Two brothers who grew up canoeing and playing along the Suwannee River, Santa Fe River and Ichetucknee Springs have combined their love of Florida's natural springs with their desire for Christian unity. They annually invite churches of all Christian denominations to baptize new believers in the state's springs that are now protected as state parks.

New ministry to transform lives in a Florida jail

KISSIMMEE (FBC)—Amie Smith sat in the Osceola County Jail, charged with resisting arrest after drugs were found in the car in which she was riding. The drugs were not hers - this time - but after years of drug and alcohol abuse, Smith's past had caught up with her.

Vonetta Bright to lead Nov. conference for widows and those who minister to them

BRANDON (FBC)—Vonetta Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ and wife of the late Bill Bright, will be the keynote speaker for a conference designed for widows and those who minister to them.

Men in D.C. 'Stand in the Gap'

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Washington Monument, surrounded by American flags and the picture-perfect October blue sky, was the backdrop for a gathering of an estimated 20,000 men of all ages, races and ethnicities to "stand in the gap" to repair the broken walls of America's Christian culture.

October 28: Messiahship and Discipleship

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

November 4: A Caring Community

Mark Rathel is professor of theology at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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