November 22, 2012 Print Edition

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Point of View: It’s official: America’s values are not Christian values

Following the presidential election, some political pundits are saying, “America is getting the leadership it deserves.” Of course, on one level, that is the case in every election. For Christians, there is something much more significant going on.

Pro-family backed amendments defeated easily by Florida voters

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – Florida voters rejected pro-life and religious freedom amendments to the state constitution proposed by the Legislature, failing to gain even a simple majority of support for the measures that required super-majority approval of 60 percent.

Pastors’ conference speaker claims Jesus was ‘xenophobic,’ later affirms He was sinless

ORLANDO (FBW) – After asserting Jesus was “xenophobic” in a Nov. 12 sermon at the Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference, a prominent African American pastor has clarified that he believes Christ was sinless and apologized for causing offense.

Jacksonville pastor Tim Maynard elected FBSC president

ORLANDO (FBW)—Officers elected at the Nov. 12-13 meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting of 2,922 Southern Baptist churches and missions across Florida are from as far south as Okeechobee, as far north as Jacksonville and in north-central Florida’s Ocala.

Jacksonville pastor Tim Maynard, 58, was elected FBSC president with 640 votes cast, receiving 374 or 59 percent of the votes while Clayton Cloer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida received 264 votes or 41 percent of the vote.

Editorial: Needed: humility and unity

The outgoing and incoming presidents of the Florida Baptist State Convention each offered challenging words Nov. 13 as one exited and the other assumed leadership of Florida Baptists during the annual meeting.

Point of View: Enough of ‘three strikes’: unjust and expensive

In August, Gary Ewing died at the age of forty-nine from pneumonia and colon cancer. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Ewing. Until recently neither had I. But his life and death are a kind of parable about the absurd lengths that fear and the desire to be safe at any cost will drive a society.

Psalm 109:2-6, 8-13, 17-18: December 9—Yahweh Our father

The teaching about the Fatherhood of God is present in the Old Testament, but in a subdued form. The father emphasis there revolves around that of a given family as an integral element of the nation under God’s direction. The focus shifts in the New Testament in which the Fatherhood of God becomes the unifying relationship between Him and all believers. We get a hint of that revolutionary change in Matthew 23:9 in which Jesus says, “and call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heave.” He was not suggesting that we substitute pa or papa for the word father. Instead, He was setting the framework for a theology built around the family of God which transcends human relationships. In the fellowship of believers, human loyalty to a paternal relationship must never be used to disrupt the functioning of the local church.

Jeremiah 23:5-6; Romans 3:21-25; 10:1-4, 9-10: December 16—Yahweh our righteousness

At this wonderful time of the year, songs extol the birth of Jesus. The advertising world pays scant attention to the angel of the Lord who appeared in a dream to Joseph to explain why he was to take Mary as his wife. She was expecting a child, conceived in her of the Holy Spirit. He explained the birth of her Son in this way: “And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).

Orlando home to Florida Baptists’ first Japanese church plant

Orlando (FBC)—A Korean co-worker trained in Evangelism Explosion often asked Masaya Ginter if she died today would she go to heaven. At first, the Japanese woman responded yes, because “I am a good person.”

State Convention approves CP budget that continues 50/50 split

ORLANDO (FBW)—Meeting in Orlando Nov. 12-13 for the Florida Baptist State Convention, messengers elected Jackson­ville pastor Tim Maynard as president, approved a $31.6 Cooperative Program budget for 2013, and looked at “What Really Matters” in exploring family, faith, relationships and legacy.

The convention drew 1,084 registered messengers and guests compared with 1,556 messengers the last time it was in Orlando—in 1999. Each year since 2006 attendance has declined noticeably.

Point of View: Really trusting God with the master plan

Glancing at news reports of air raid sirens blasting in Israel raised goosebumps on my arms while I waited for my flight to leave Jacksonville Nov. 15. Just last year I visited nearby Iraq and Jordan to cover news of a church/education partnership, and in 2010 spent more than a week in Israel as a guest of the Israel ministry of tourism.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Visitors to Graceville Fall Preview Day

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—More than 170 prospective students and guests roamed the Graceville campus of Baptist College of Florida Nov. 2 to determine if it was where God was leading them to continue their education.

Hosea 4:1-6, 12-14: December 9—What happened to sin?

In the early 1970’s famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote the famous book, Whatever Became Sin? He argued that modern humanity’s failure to acknowledge sin produced great mental and emotional trauma in people. Certainly the denial of sin and resulting mental trauma has increased since Menninger wrote his famous book.

Hosea 8:1-3, 7-10; 9:7-8; 10:10-12: December 16—Discipline from god

Discipline is not a popular word. I remember times during my developmental years when I received discipline from authorities that at the time I thought was undeserved. From the perspective of passing years, I now realize I needed the discipline. The Bible teaches that God disciplines His people; in fact, discipline evidences God’s love and is a sign we are children of God (Prov. 3:11-2; Heb. 12:5-11). God’s disciplining love is redemptive rather than vindictive.

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