February 2, 2006 Print Edition

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Union County youth bid friends final farewell

LAKE BUTLER (FBW)– Standing bravely behind four white caskets trimmed in gold, 40 youth from Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford paid tribute to their friends Nikki, Elizabeth, Johnny and Heaven.

Victims of bus accident regulars at Raiford church

RAIFORD (FBW)–Seven children who perished in a fiery crash Jan. 25 in Lake Butler were all regulars at Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford. The children’s grandfather, Edwin Scott, 70, died of a heart attack hours after hearing about the accident. He was a long-time member of Ochwilla Baptist Church in Hawthorne.

Pastor says deacon overcome by tragedy, follows seven grandchildren who perished in bus accident

HAWTHORNE (FBW)–Calling William Edwin “Ed” Scott, 70, one of the most loving and truthful men he ever met, Johnny Goodwin said the grieving grandfather was overwhelmed with pain and heartbreak on hearing seven of his grandchildren were taken from him as the result of a fiery accident involving a stopped school bus and a tractor-trailer rig Jan. 25.

Conference to focus on practical evangelism

JACKSONVILLE, FL (FBC) Practical applications of evangelism will be the focus of the 2006 Florida State Evangelism Conference March 6-7 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Florida Baptists giving ‘absolutely overwhelming’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–In a year of urgent needs, the financial support by Florida Baptists to the denomination’s ministry and mission causes reached a banner high in 2005 with record gifts reported in every category.

Over one million set for SBC causes

EUSTIS (FBC)–Record giving by Florida Baptists resulted in the distribution of $2.2 million in Cooperative Program income overages during the State Board of Missions meeting Jan. 27 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Point of View

This week, I am beginning a new series of articles on how the Florida Baptist State Convention functions, which I am titling “How Does That Work?” The first subject is polity. Polity is our strongest and weakest paradox, the “rope of sand” that wires us together.

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Point of View

Now and then apologetics (argumentation for defense of the faith) has a direct impact on lost people, leading them toward conversion, or at least away from hostility. For instance, perennial skeptic Antony Flew now expresses a form of theism, in part because of the argument from intelligent design in nature. (See the interview at www.biola.edu/antonyflew/.)

Point of View

America recently marked the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision – a day Americans should mark with sadness and shame. Forty million babies have been sacrificed on the altar of personal choice and autonomy.

Convention hires two, transfers four staff members

EUSTIS–(FBC) The retirement of many long-term Florida Baptist Convention employees in the next year will provide opportunity “to reposition staff” and achieve a “greater diversity of persons from other cultures who have been saved by the grace of God to reach our diverse state,” John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, told the State Board of Missions.

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