October 21, 2004 Print Edition

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Candidates, issues on November ballot

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Sixteen years ago, the Florida Legislature adopted its first bill requiring parental involvement in abortion only to see it and another bill overturned by the Florida Supreme Court and yet another bill vetoed by Gov. Lawton Chiles. Voters Nov. 2 will be asked to approve an amendment to the state Constitution permitting the Legislature to enact legislation requiring parents to be notified of a minor’s intention to have an abortion.

Religion playing critical role in election; Bush, Kerry reaching out to values voters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—It may not be front-and-center, but religion is taking on an ever-increasing role in this year’s presidential campaign.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Ten Commandments case

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court will take on the controversial issue of the public display of the Ten Commandments nearly a quarter of a century after it last ventured into that arena.

Point of View

It is easy to forget in the midst of storms what normal feels like.

Point of View

How are we to relate our Christian beliefs to the political sphere? That question has demanded the most careful and faithful Christian thinking for centuries, but recent comments by Sen. John Kerry provide an illustration of how not to apply Christian truth to the great moral questions of our age.

Point of View

A bouquet of bright purple balloons climbed high into the sky Oct. 13, piercing the greyness of a otherwise dreary day.

Point of View

A heated discussion took place recently at a teen center. What was the topic? Who’s going to win the Superbowl or which rock band was the best? No, the group was in deep discussion about the upcoming presidential election. And anecdotal evidence suggests this kind of discussion is going on all over the country.


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.

Florida Baptists mobilize to ‘Celebrate Jesus’ in JAX

Jacksonville (FBC)—A wide range of evangelistic events scheduled prior to the Florida Baptist State Convention’s 150th anniversary celebration in Jacksonville will emphasize Florida Baptists’ heritage of reaching the state’s spiritually lost for Christ.

Florida Baptists start new churches

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 22 new churches during the months of August and September 2004.

Training Update

• Learn to develop church policies to prevent the abuse of minors

Ministers' wives to fellowship at annual luncheon Nov. 9

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The Ministers’ Wives annual luncheon held in conjunction with the Florida Baptist State Convention is set for noon Nov. 9 at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

NOBTS alumni to gather for lunch Nov. 9 during FBSC in JAX

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Florida alumni of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary will hold their annual luncheon Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel on Jacksonville’s southbank. The gathering is held in conjunction with the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 8-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

PBA to honor three alumni at homecoming Nov. 4-6

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)- Palm Beach Atlantic University will honor three distinguished alumni during its homecoming Nov. 4-6.

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