February 21, 2008 Print Edition

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

BIG SKY, Mont. (NAMB)—Because his mission field is based in Big Sky, Mont., where Lone Mountain stretches 11,000 feet high, Brad Lartigue reports to work every day sky-high—geographically and spiritually.

SBOM reduces 2008 CP budget, appoints CP study committee, hears of urban strategy success

LEESBURG (FBC)—"We will not deficit spend," said John Sullivan as he led the State Board of Missions to reduce the 2008 Cooperative Program goal and budget by $1.5 million during its Feb. 8 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Gas give-away causes 'traffic jam for Jesus'

EAGLE LAKE (FBW)—On a day that Pastor Jeff Buchanan called "Let's be a Missionary," First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake members pumped free gas into 398 cars and shared Jesus with hundreds of motorists in their central Florida community.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, stirred up a hornets' nest when he commented in a BBC interview on Feb. 7 that he could foresee a place for aspects of shari'a law in Britain in the future. Responses to his comments have been diverse, with some opponents calling for his resignation and his supporters crying foul, saying that he has been misquoted.

Point of View

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—I was in Nashville recently, and at the end of a long day of meetings I stopped at a convenience store for a late-night snack. I stood in line, paid for my ice cream, and passed a Gospel tract to the clerk who politely smiled and stuffed it into a pocket. I smiled and left. As I was opening my car door, a man yelled my way. "Great," I thought, without turning around. "I'm exhausted and this guy's going to want money. God, please help me talk to this man." I turned around to face this young man who had a desperate look on his face.

Point of View

Ten years ago, evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker offered a Darwinian explanation for infanticide. Pinker wrote, "A new mother will first coolly assess the infant and her situation and only in the next few days begin to see it as a unique and wonderful individual."

Belz says 2008 Daytona race week 'the best'

DAYTONA (FBW)—Halifax Baptist Association Director of Missions Dennis Belz told Florida Baptist Witness the 2008 Central Florida Racetrack Ministry at Daytona Speedway was the "best year of all nine that we have been inside the grounds."

Fifteen new churches start in January

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 15 new churches in January 2008. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Martial arts, independent living taught at retreat for blind

LEESBURG (FBC)—Florida's blind are called to trust God and grow in their spiritual gifts during the 2008 Florida Christian Fellowship of the Blind conference March 10-14.

Building team from Missouri ministers at Baptist College of Florida each year

GRACEVILLE (BCF)-The Missouri based BUDD Builders (Building Under Divine Direction) migrate to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville early every year to take on the challenge of various building projects. BUDD Builders initially came in 2006 to build the Shepherd's Cottages, homes for retired ministers and missionaries, and they continue to work seasonally on such projects as the new dorm, business office, chapel stage, student center, and prayer chapel.

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