October 9, 2003 Print Edition

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Kingdom Families essential to a strong denomination

BRANDON (FBW)—"Strong families making strong churches, makes for a strong denomination," Florida pastor Forrest Pollock said Oct. 2 at the second of three Kingdom Family conferences across the nation this fall.

Green to be nominated for second term in Tampa

TAMPA (FBW)—Tom Biles has told Florida Baptist Witness that he intends to nominate John Thomas "Tommy" Green III for a second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention during its 142nd annual meeting in Tampa, Nov. 10-11.


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Part of the problem of evil is the problem of why Satan is given so much freedom to harm the world, when God has the right and power to throw him in the pit. God will one day do away with Satan altogether (Revelation 20:3, 10). That will be no injustice to Satan. Nor would it be unjust for God to do it today. So why doesn’t He, in view of how much misery Satan causes?


After attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Charlotte, N.C., this past June, I wrote an editorial column for Baptist Press reflecting on my experience there as a Christian journalist.


There’s an abortion clinic in Pittsburgh that defies all the stereotypes. The walls are lined with pink paper hearts containing heartfelt messages from parents to their aborted children. Family members are encouraged to write in a journal in the waiting room. And at the end of every pre-abortion counseling session, the patient is given a pretty, colorful stone to take with her.


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.

Past SBC president says it’s not too late to help families

BRANDON (FBW)—They might have come lately to the table, says one leader, but Southern Baptists are pulling out all stops to attend to the nation’s families—who are dying at a rate of 3,571 families a day.


The Florida Baptist Convention Discipleship and Family office will post information at www.FLBaptist.org each month through June, 2004, to assist church leaders in implementing the Kingdom Families strategy.

BCF family mourns loss of theology student

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Friends describe the late Hugh Spears as a man of big stature, but more importantly a big heart. Spears had left his home in Pensacola only three and a half years earlier with his wife, Rhonda, and two sons to embark on his educational pursuit at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville when the unexpected happened.

New missionaries urged to obey God ‘no matter what’

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) – A sense of urgency about a lost world is what compels the six new Southern Baptist missionaries with Florida ties who were among 61 workers appointed Sept. 7 at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.

Officers find encouragement at Law Enforcement Summit

RIDGECREST, N.C. (LCR)—Mike Rolls felt his heart pounding in his chest. He and his partner crouched poised to rip the door from its hinges and rush into the unknown. SWAT raids go smoother when there is an element of surprise. There was none this time. As the door crashed to the floor the drug dealer they’d come to apprehend greeted them with a flood of gunfire. Rolls, holding a shield, realized his exposed partner was in the line of fire and jumped to protect him. He paid the price for his friend.

Florida state exec trained for FBI job

RIDGECREST, N.C. (LCR)—John Sullivan didn’t need to be in the line of fire to gain a respect for those on the front lines of the justice system.

‘God is moving’ despite unsettled times in Middle East

AMMAN, Jordan (FBW)—It is an oasis in the Middle East—a haven for Muslims and Christians, Arabs and Anglos, boys and girls. It is the Baptist School of Amman, dedicated in 1974 high atop one of the seven hills in the Al Rabia area of Amman where a small cluster of buildings inside a high white wall now houses over a thousand students.

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