October 30, 2008 Print Edition

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Scripture is best voting guide, Texas pastor says

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)—Scripture provides guidance for Christians in deciding which candidate to support on Election Day, Texas pastor Ed Young Jr. told his congregation Oct. 19.

FBCU stable as other financial institutions struggle

Jacksonville (FBW)—While the financial world reels amid bank failures and rescue plans, the Florida Baptist Credit Union has remained above the fray as a healthy financial institution, according to its president, Scott Holt. The 22-year-old credit union is “stable in all areas,” he said.

Marianna minister prays for Talladega drivers

CHIPOLA (FBW)—Fred Cook from Marianna offered the benediction for drivers before a race at the Talladega Superspeedway in north Alabama Oct. 5. Cook asked for God’s blessings on the NASCAR AMP Energy 500 in the Sprint Cup series, which driver Tony Stewart won.

New First Baptist Church pastor sees ‘unending opportunity’ for ministry in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH (FBW)—Jimmy Scroggins thought for years that there would probably never be an opportunity to return to his home state of Florida.

Holt continues parents’ legacy

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Scott Holt took the helm of the 22-year-old Florida Baptist Credit Union in July. He had served more than 20 years in the Business Services Division of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Oceanway nursery named for worker

OCEANWAY (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Oceanway recently named its church nursery in honor of the late Geraldine Rozier who cared for the congregation’s infants and toddlers more than 50 years. The congregation also voted to add her name to any future nursery facility the church may build.

Tampa DOM Tom Biles serves SBC

TAMPA (FBW)—Tampa Bay Director of Missions Tom Biles was recently elected by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention to serve a four-year term on the denomination’s Executive Committee. A former president of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions when it celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2007, Biles is no stranger to the cooperative work of a denomination.

Manatee, Southwest, Suncoast, Tampa Bay Associations

Baptist associations in the United States celebrated their 300th anniversary in 2007. The Florida Baptist Witness is honoring Florida’s 49 associations in a series of articles that will showcase each association and its ministries. This is the ninth installment.

Abortion trauma hits both women, men

WASHINGTON (BP)—Martha Shuping knows the trauma of abortion.

New law may reduce Down abortions

WASHINGTON (BP)—President Bush has signed into law a measure that may help to curtail the number of abortions of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome and other conditions.

In their own words

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—For the past several weeks, the Witness has run Baptist Press stories which focused on one specific issue and detailed where the two major presidential candidates stand. Called “In Their Own Words,” the stories avoided commentary and instead presented the candidates’ views as they have stated them in the past—either in interviews, speeches, debates or on their campaign websites. Among the topics that covered were abortion,the definition of marriage and gay rights, Supreme Court nominees, Darfur, the energy crisis, the environment, Iraq, immigration and taxes. For the final installment of the “In Their Own Words,” check online only at www.FloridaBaptistWitness.com Nov. 1.

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