November 27, 2008 Print Edition

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Florida Baptist Children’s Homes celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month by promoting ‘Forever

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is celebrating a number of recent adoptions of older children from their campuses and is working to encourage more Christian families to consider becoming a “forever family” to an orphaned child.

‘Tis the season: Keep Christ in Christmas

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—‘Tis the season some retailers decide “holiday trees” are less offensive than “Christmas trees,” children might be asked to refrain from using religious themes at school, and those working in government offices could be subject to decorating limitations. In the interest of keeping Christ in Christmas, however, others are finding a way to proclaim the truth in an increasingly secular culture.

At the edge of darkness: Colombia’s indigenous tribes transformed by Gospel

BOGOTA, Colombia (BP)—Sweat dripped from Dut’s short, slender body as she hollowed out a grave in the floor of the Colombian rain forest.

Henry to speak at BCF Senior Honors Day Dec. 3

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—While Baptist College of Florida seniors were picking up their cap and gowns for Dec. 11 graduation, final preparations were being made for Senior Honors Day Dec. 3. The traditional Honors Day chapel service will be held in the R.G. Lee Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. with Jim Henry, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Orlando, as guest speaker.

D.C. bus signs part of humanists’ ‘Godless Holiday Campaign’

ORLANDO (FBW)–The American Humanist Association (AHA), in an effort to publicly question the existence of God, has purchased advertising space on Washington, D.C., buses. Signs on the sides, tailgates and interiors of the buses read “Why believe in God? Just be good for goodness sake.” The AHA Godless Holiday Campaign will run through December.

Religious educators hear Woodstock leader; historians plan ‘Baptist distinctives’ sermons

LAKELAND (FBW)—Several organizations related to the Florida Baptist Convention met Nov. 10 at the facilities of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland and in other locales before the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting convened in Lakeland Nov. 10-11.

Ten Commandments monument at Chiefland City Hall an inspiration for future generations

CHIEFLAND (FBW)—Residents of Chiefland have a new monument in front of their City Hall—a five foot tall granite display of the Ten Commandments.

‘Horse Whisperer’ lets Southwest Florida churches minister ‘outside the walls’

ARCADIA (FBC)—By any standard, the event billed as “The Horse Whisperer” wasn’t a typical church service. There were no pews, no pulpit, and no offering plates. In a dusty, round pen on a Sunday afternoon in Arcadia, it was just a man, a horse, and the simple message of God meeting us people right where they were.

Gov. Crist names Deborah Polston as Point of Light award winner

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Adoptive and foster parent Deborah Polston was named the Point of Light in recognition of Adoption Awareness Month by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Nov. 12.

John 3:16 conference examines Calvinism

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)—The John 3:16 Conference, described by organizers as a biblical and theological assessment of and response to five-point Calvinism, was held Nov. 6-7 at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga. About 1,000 pastors and laypeople attended.

Calif. court takes up Prop 8, but allows it to stay in effect

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)—The California Supreme Court agreed Nov. 19 to consider the constitutionality of Proposition 8, but—in a win for supporters—allowed the amendment, which prohibits “gay marriage,” to remain in effect during the interim.

Exhibit hall engages annual meeting participants

LAKELAND—Close to 60 exhibitors at Florida Baptists’ 147th annual meeting provided information and inspiration for approximately 1,600 people strolling through the halls of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

IMB appoints 105 new missionaries

HOUSTON (BP)—”Who will come back for us?” a Zambian man cried out as Tommy and Cyndi Morreau departed his village.

Point of View: It’s time to ‘va e conte!’

Va e conte! This simple Portuguese phrase has taken me to places in the world I would never have dreamed possible. It means “go tell.”

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