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Religious educators, other Convention-related organizations meet in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS (FBW)-Several organizations related to the Florida Baptist Convention met Nov. 13, before the Florida Baptist State Convention convened that evening.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

BURKINA FASO, West Africa (IMB)-Southern Baptist missionaries David and Tami Wood rumble down a deserted dirt road somewhere in the southwestern corner of Burkina Faso. All they can see from their truck are hills and high grass.

Wal-Mart changes ties to homosexual groups after protests threatened

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer and non-governmental employer-facing protests over its association with homosexual activist groups-issued a statement Nov. 21 that it would "not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers."

Point of View

You've undoubtedly heard the expression, "comparing apples to oranges." The expression is used when someone attempts an invalid comparison of things. This is exactly what today's Christian-bashing world does when it attempts to compare militant Islam with biblical Christianity. The two are clearly incomparable.

Point of View

It seems almost trite to say, "Rosie O'Donnell has done it again."

Point of View

The United Nations reports that some 143 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents. That's roughly equal to the population of Russia. In 2003 alone, 16 million children were orphaned. Every fourteen seconds, a child loses a parent to AIDS. Genocide, war, famine: These are just a few of the reasons for so many orphans. And in our own country, more than 800,000 children pass through America's foster care system each year. Some 120,000 of them could be adopted.

Winter 2006 edition of CROSS ROADS

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-The 2006 winter edition of CROSS ROADS focuses on lives that have been changed by faith. The video presentation airs Dec. 7-10 on television stations across the state.

Lottie Moon

SENEGAL, West Africa-Something bad always happened on Tuesday.

Florida Focus

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'Is the church out of touch?' asks LifeWay culture survey

PHOENIX (BP)-"In general, pastors are less informed about the culture in which they live than are the people in their churches," according to research released by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Pastors tee it up at LifeWay golf retreat

GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)-An inaugural "Pastor's Masters Golf Retreat" drew 52 pastors, worship leaders, deacons and laymen to LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico for fellowship, Bible study and tournament-type golfing.

Wal-Mart flips on Christmas greeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-Wal-Mart, which recently upset some Christians over its partnerships with homosexual groups, has announced that it will use "Merry Christmas" in its stores again this year.

Editorial: The Nativity Story

"God made into flesh."

These words, uttered by the astonished Melchior after the star leads him and the other two magi to Bethlehem to find Jesus in the manger, encapsulate the central truth of the biblical account of Jesus' birth: Immanuel, God with us (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23).

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