November 11, 2004 Print Edition

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Florida voters approve parental notice amendment

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida took one step closer to putting parental involvement in minor’s abortions into state law Nov. 2 with a resounding victory for a constitutional amendment to permit the Legislature to enact a requirement for parents to be notified before minors have abortions.

Late surge of absentee ballots results in slots measure win

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-A late group of absentee ballots from Broward County has apparently shifted the tide in favor of Amendment 4, a move that could eventually bring slot machines to South Florida.

Green completes historic two-term FBSC presidency

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Tommy Green, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brandon, is an historic Florida Baptist State Convention president who is ready to preside over a historic meeting Nov. 8-9. The first modern-era two-term Florida Baptist State Convention president will conclude his historic presidency by leading the state convention’s sesquicentennial anniversary celebration in Jacksonville.

Florida Baptists celebrate 150th anniversary

Sesquicentennial Year 2004 Benchmarks

India focus of Lottie Moon Offering emphasis

MUMBAI (IMB)—Where can you find thousands of millionaires—and nine of the world’s richest billionaires?

India: Fast Facts

If your most vivid impressions of India come from old National Geographics and Rudyard Kipling’s jungle stories, update your mental file with these facts:

Florida relief donations total $1.4 million

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The Florida Baptist Convention has received more than $1.4 million in disaster relief funds for victims of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. The total includes designated and undesignated gifts and a contribution of $300,000 received from the North American Mission Board’s disaster relief fund.

Navy JAG officer envisions freedom for Iraqis

BADHDAD, Iraq (FBW)—United States Navy JAG officer Robert Brick* could be sitting in a cushy penthouse office litigating cases for a prestigious law firm. Instead, Brick, a Navy lawyer in Baghdad, Iraq, puts on full body armor and climbs into a heavily fortified Humvee with escorts, just to get across town.

JAG officer shares his heart about home in e-mail

“In a few hours we will depart for Iraq. After tossing and turning since about 0500, I got out of bed and picked up my Bible. My heart is heavy. I’ve never felt these emotions before. I’ve never hugged and kissed my wife goodbye, knowing I won’t see her again for six months. I’ve never kissed my six-week-old daughter on her forehead, knowing when I see her next she will be a completely different little baby. I’ve been deployed before, but I’ve never left the comfort and security of the United States for a war zone.

Churches learn to negotiate insurance after hurricanes

ORLANDO (FBW)—The damage caused by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has led church pastors and leaders into a maze of insurance claims, negotiations and settlements. Pastors, while still comforting and counseling church members who suffered losses in the storms, also must try to rally church members to replenish church coffers which took a hit from cancelled Sunday services.

Ridge Association celebrates 50th anniversary after hurricanes

HAINES CITY (FBW)—Ridge Baptist Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary Oct. 21 at Eastside Baptist Church, Haines City. The 62 congregations, although still reeling from the destruction caused in the area by hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne, gathered to praise God for His provision during their association’s 50 years.

Pastor says relief efforts help earn ‘right to be heard’

PENSACOLA (FBW)-Pastor Ron Lentine wasn’t campaigning for either presidential candidate the evening of Nov. 2. Instead, he and about 40-50 FAITH trained partners from Myrtle Grove Baptist Church canvassed nearby neighborhoods to follow-up after more than two months of steady relief to those hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.

Point of View

If one thing can be said of the Florida Baptist State Convention in the past 150 years, it is that change is constant.

Point of View

Riding with my feet dangling over the tailgate of a pickup truck down Pensacola Beach’s main drag, the swooshing of sand underneath the truck’s tires was the only sound in an otherwise almost eerie emptiness.

Point of View

Southern Baptists have always believed that together we can accomplish much more than we ever could apart. That’s what drives the Cooperative Program and the special missions offerings our churches give each year to support and sustain our denomination’s response to God’s Acts 1:8 command.

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