December 18, 2008 Print Edition

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Speaker names panel to review gambling compact

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—A special committee has been named by Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, to study an agreement between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Indian Tribe, which was subsequently invalidated by the Florida Supreme Court.

Obama stands firm on ‘gay rights’ support

WASHINGTON (BP)—Any hope that an incoming Obama administration will dump some of its more controversial proposals concerning “gay rights” apparently ended in recent days, when the president-elect’s team launched a page on the transition website devoted to homosexual causes.

Hot chocolate & donuts for those attending historic inauguration

BRANDON (FBW)—Christian conservatives are taking to the streets of Washington, D.C. on inauguration day, Jan. 20, as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. Armed with prayers and hot chocolate, a band of brothers representing African American, Hispanic and Anglo pastors and laypersons from the Tampa Bay area will reach across racial and denominational lines for a presence that says “we are praying for President Obama.”

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

SAN JOSE DE QUERO, Peru (BP)—During quiet moments in his Greensboro, N.C., office, banker Larry Jackson would stare at the walls and say, “God, there has got to be more to life than this.”

Florida’s theological education continues to expand at every level

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Starting Jan. 19 a slate of new courses for the spring semester will be offered to Florida Baptists interested in pursuing theological education studies through the Florida Baptist Convention’s Theological Education program.

Tebow talks about spreading message of ‘helping people’ after Wuerffel Trophy

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow added to an already climbing collection of national football awards when he was notified of three-in-a-row Dec. 11, the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Disney Spirit Award.

Mission trips assist church plant to grow in Guatemala

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA (FBC)—Bridging nations, Pathways Community Church in Largo answered God’s call to help Florida Baptists minister to the Central American country of Guatemala.

Idlewild commits to Haitian medical missions

LUTZ (FBC)—As they treated the sick by day and led soul-winning crusades by night, the medical mission teams of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz recently laid the ground work for more expansive missions efforts in 2009.

Children’s Homes marks 50 years in Miami

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Miami campus. On Nov. 1 nearly 350 people gathered on a sunny afternoon on the Miami campus to celebrate the anniversary.

FBCH in Jacksonville receives exemplary performance rating

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The board of trustees of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes met in Miami Oct. 31 for their quarterly meeting. The meeting was presided over by Bobby Musselwhite, chairman of the board. The devotional was brought by Ron Gunter, vice president of international childcare. Following are highlights of board actions and discussions:

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