December 9, 2010 Print Edition

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Executive Committee Restructuring: Page announces staffing consolidation, reductions

NASHVILLE (BP)--Citing unprecedented economic challenges facing the Executive Committee, Frank Page, president and chief executive officer of the EC since Oct. 1, announced structural and staffing changes on the Executive Committee staff in two memos sent to Executive Committee members on Nov. 17 and Nov. 29.

Uth sees FBSC presidency means to make God’s name ‘famous’

ORLANDO (FBW)—Accepting a mantle of denominational leadership he had previously shunned, David Uth is now willing to serve as Florida Baptist State Convention president because it’s “an opportunity to make [God’s] name famous.”

Uth wants Florida Baptist pastors to “join me on a journey that will take us closer to being everything that God had in mind the day He called us and the day He placed us in this state.”

Editorial: Christian views? One less app for that!

Anyone who doubts that religious liberty is threatened by the homosexual rights movement need look no further than computer giant Apple and its recent decision to remove the Manhattan Declaration application from its mobile devices.

As an Apple products enthusiast—MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad—my favorite computer company’s action on this matter is deeply troubling. But you don’t have to be an Apple user like me to understand the dangerous implications of Steve Jobs’ wrongheaded decision.

Westside Baptist breaks ground on Freda Crawford memorial garden

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Mindful of the need to “bring the hope of Christ to all people,” Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville last month dedicated the site of the “Freda Crawford Memorial Garden,” while simultaneously releasing a publication of her letters, Until My Last Breath.

The late wife of Westside Baptist’s longtime senior pastor, Gary Crawford, Freda died Nov. 12, 2009, after a nine-year-long battle with multiple myeloma. The mother of two and grandmother of four taught high school science for nearly 25 years and was a vocalist and pianist who earned her Ph.D in 2005.

Westside Baptist breaks ground on Freda Crawford memorial garden

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Mindful of the need to “bring the hope of Christ to all people,” Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville last month dedicated the site of the “Freda Crawford Memorial Garden,” while simultaneously releasing a publication of her letters, Until My Last Breath.

The late wife of Westside Baptist’s longtime senior pastor, Gary Crawford, Freda died Nov. 12, 2009, after a nine-year-long battle with multiple myeloma. The mother of two and grandmother of four taught high school science for nearly 25 years and was a vocalist and pianist who earned her Ph.D in 2005.

Point of View: First Person—‘How are they to hear?’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Most of us are very familiar with the words of Paul in chapter 10 of Romans, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13-15a ESV).

Point of View: Who needs marriage? TIME asked the question — Do you have an answer?

“When an institution so central to human experience suddenly changes shape in the space of a generation or two, it’s worth trying to figure out why.” Belinda Luscombe of TIME magazine made that observation in the course of reporting on a major study of marriage undertaken by TIME and the Pew Research Center. In the cover story for the magazine’s November 29, 2010 edition, Luscombe summarizes their findings with a blunt statement: “What we found is that marriage, whatever its social, spiritual, or symbolic appeal, is in purely practical terms just not as necessary as it used to be.”

Point of View: Told you so—Smith comes back to haunt us

Twenty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that state laws that interfered with the free exercise of religion were constitutional provided their requirements applied equally to everyone.

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.

Immanuel Baptist in Pace celebrates ‘glorious six months’ with new pastor

PACE (FBW)—During 2010, Immanuel Baptist Church in Pace has welcomed 200 new people in worship Sunday mornings–one of many strides the church has taken lately.

Pastor Ronnie Coleman, who moved to Pace in June, has led the church in a revival and mission projects for “a glorious six months,” he said.

‘Bum’ speaks in BCF chapel

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—He was stretched out on the bench in the gazebo at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville as most students rushed by to make their 8 a.m. classes. Visibly out of place, the stranger had long disheveled hair, layered camouflaged clothes, and a backpack near his side. He was all by himself. Alone. Experiencing the first cold snap of the season, one BCF student offered what looked to be a homeless bum warmth in the student center. Another offered the man hot coffee and food, and struck up a conversation with him. He was given a Gospel tract explaining the plan of salvation by a professor and two students.

Festival jump starts children’s Sunday School in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—A recent Harvest Festival at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church in Okeechobee jump started a ministry to children—something the church thought of as unnecessary in the past several years.

“We’ve been known for a long time as a senior citizens’ church, and we targeted older people. But now, we decided that we need kids,” said Charlotte Coleman, director of the brand new children’s Sunday School class at Buckhead Ridge Baptist.

Dembski, Hitchens debate God’s existence

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Intelligent Design proponent William Dembski and famed atheist Christopher Hitchens disputed the existence of a benevolent God in a recent debate now posted on the website of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

The debate was hosted in the worship center of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Nov. 18. A full video archive can be viewed at www.pcawebcast.com/2010debate.

Couple follows ‘broken hearts’ to Africa

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—They’re a young couple. Their first child arrived this year. A whole life lies ahead.

During these difficult economic times, maybe the smart thing to do is settle down, search for stable jobs and save for the future.

Acts 8:26-39: December 26—Go and tell

We Southern Baptists have just undertaken an in-depth study of our total organization, structures, and procedures. One widely accepted goal is to become once again a people totally dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission. Pastors have preached on such topics as growing Great Commission families. We have been asked to embrace Great Commission giving in which we under-gird our efforts financially. In these times of economic stagnation, our Cooperative Program, with the corresponding dip in funds for missions, is suffering. In our study to today, we will see how God nudged the Jerusalem Christians to enlarge their vision.

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