December 13, 2007 Print Edition

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Uzbek Christians wait to worship in freedom

Uzbekistan (BP)—There was a time when Maksud's* heart raced with each telephone ring. He recalls gripping the receiver and working up his courage to simply say "Allo" (hello). He felt exposed and at risk even behind the locked door of his Uzbekistan home.

Heisman trophy winner Tebow credits God for skill on field

NEW YORK (FBW)—Football rates a mere fourth on his list of priorities behind God, family and academics. Even so, in New York City Dec. 8 Tim Tebow became the first-ever college sophomore to win the famed Heisman Trophy in the 73 years of the award.

Colo. church prays in wake of tragic shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP)—Two teenage sisters were killed and others were wounded by a gunman at New Life Church in Colorado Springs about 12 hours after someone shot four staff members at a Youth With a Mission training facility in the area, killing two. Police are investigating whether the shootings are connected.

Warm blankets at camp for migrant children

LEESBURG (FBC)—One hundred and twenty children were nestled all snug in their bunks while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads—until they opened their eyes to real, though slightly early, Christmas gifts Dec. 2 during the annual Migrant Children's Camp at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center which began Nov. 30.

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You are the finest people in the world! That is not a supposition but a reality. The recent e-mail I sent to pastors about the devastation in Haiti has been received by grace and responded to with generosity. As of Dec. 10, we had received $50,790.08 from our churches to assist with the Haiti project and the Florida Baptist Convention is transferring $38,000 in hunger and disaster relief funds. It is rather overwhelming to know that you love people you have never seen, whose language you do not speak and whose culture you may never encounter. You have done it in the name of Jesus. Know of my grateful heart.

Point of View

The release of The Golden Compass as a major motion picture represents a new challenge for Christians—especially parents. The release of a popular film with major actors that presents a message directly subversive of Christianity is something new. It is not likely to be the last.

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Just before Thanksgiving, researchers in Wisconsin and Japan announced a breakthrough in stem-cell research. This time, it was good news for those of us who believe in the sanctity of human life.

Sears, K-Mart re-name Christmas trees 'holiday trees'

ORLANDO (FBW)—In an attempt to "not offend" employees or customers, Sears and K-Mart renamed Christmas trees "holiday trees," or simply "trees." Orlando-based Liberty Counsel suggests consumers "act as if Sears and K-Mart do not exist" and spend their Christmas dollars in the stores' competitors.

AIDS: A crisis in a minority community that's unaware

PLANTATION (BP)—While Hispanics make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 16 percent of the nearly 1 million AIDS cases diagnosed in the nation since the beginning of the epidemic, according to a factsheet released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'We are united in Jesus Christ'

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FBW)—Most choir and orchestra members of First Baptist Church in Brandon can't speak Portuguese but they found that music is a universal language in communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ during a late September mission trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio pastors, churches strengthened by cooperative evangelism

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FBW)—Flexibility. That was the word that repeatedly came from the lips of members of First Baptist Church in Brandon during a late September mission trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as they found multiplying opportunities to share the Gospel beyond what was planned leading up to the one-week effort.

Calvinism examined in Baptist history

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—The rise of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention was variously described as a cause for rejoicing and concern and as a movement that should be understood in its proper historical context, speakers said during a Nov. 26-28 conference on Reformed theology and the SBC.

Stereotypes hinder SBC Calvinism dialogue

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—Stereotypes often hinder honest dialogue about the influence of Reformed theology in Southern Baptist life, participants were told at a Nov. 26-28 conference on Calvinism and the SBC.

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