February 25, 2010 Print Edition

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First Person: Tiger’s apology is a ‘teachable moment’

Tiger Woods has spent his entire life in the public eye. His Dad, Earl Woods, identified his special talent for golf when Tiger was very young. And it was Earl Woods that recognized early on that Tiger’s racial heritage would combine with his extraordinary abilities to give the budding star unprecedented influence in a world that values sports and entertainment. "He is the Chosen One," Earl once told Sports Illustrated. "He'll have the power to impact nations. Not people—nations. The world is just getting a taste of his power.”

Point of View: Tiger’s apology is a ‘teachable moment’

Tiger Woods has spent his entire life in the public eye. His Dad, Earl Woods, identified his special talent for golf when Tiger was very young. And it was Earl Woods that recognized early on that Tiger's racial heritage would combine with his extraordinary abilities to give the budding star unprecedented influence in a world that values sports and entertainment. "He is the Chosen One," Earl once told Sports Illustrated. "He'll have the power to impact nations. Not people - nations. The world is just getting a taste of his power."

Florida Baptist churches respond to Haitian refugees

MIAMI (FBC)—A desperate Ruthie Georges grabbed her newborn daughter while dishes, furniture and walls crashed down around her and the six-week-old, barely escaping when the earthquake hit Haiti Jan. 12.

Even though her home was standing, Georges and her daughter, Esther, slept for seven nights in the chaotic, death-filled Port-au-Prince streets, overwhelmed with fear.

Editorial: New Florida gambling is a bad bet—and it’s not even close

As legislators consider gambling expansion to balance Florida's budget in tough times, they ought to keep in mind a simple mathematical formula: 3-1.

That's not the odds that lawmakers will approve or vote down gambling expansion. Three-to-one is the ratio of government spending needed to address the social ills created by every additional dollar of casino gambling revenue.

Point of View: Transition to the Mission

Imagine If all of our 2,900 churches in the Florida Baptist Convention were on mission? Imagine the impact and influence we could leverage in pushing back darkness in our culture with the light of Jesus? Imagine the nearly 1 million members of Florida Baptist churches living missional lives! Imagine us all fulfilling Jesus' mission in the region we have been called to serve as well as nationally and globally! Jesus has clearly charged His church with fulfilling His mission, yet too often we find ourselves spending more time, energy, and resources living in a maintenance mode or the comfort zone. Our churches are often driven by programs rather than mission.

Point of View: Our response to Haiti - one of Florida Baptists' finest moments

We do a lot of things at the Florida Baptist Convention, but I believe our response to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti will be one of our finest moments. This is who we are as Florida Baptists.

The Southern Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief organization has asked us to take the lead in the Convention-wide response. Let me tell you why.

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.

Point of View: Proof that it works - The new abstinence study

A landmark study on sex education draws a surprising conclusion. Well, you and I aren't surprised, but the media and the educational establishments are. The study found that abstinence-based sex education works better than any other form of sex ed.

Bi-vocational pastor, 90, savors ‘excellent life' in Lafayette County

BRANFORD (FBW)–Ninety-year-old Ed Wimberly believes contentment is the key to happiness in ministry. In his 50-plus years of serving as a bi-vocational pastor, Wimberly, who has spent the last 30 of those years at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Branford, said pastoring is a blessing that contributes to his happy life.

Leesburg minister named Governor’s Point of Light award winner

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)–Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently named Ken Scubbs of Fruitland Park as a Governor’s Point of Light for Black History Month.

Scrubbs is director of Genesis Youth Center, a community outreach ministry of Christian Care Inc., a ministry arm of First Baptist Church in Leesburg.

A news release from Crist's office said Scrubbs has been an integral part of helping at-risk youth in central Florida.

Haiti orphanages overflowing

CAP HAITEN, Haiti (FBC)–An orphanage in Cap Haitien housing 30 children before Haiti’s earthquake now cares for 107 orphans, young victims exiled from Port-au-Prince to the northern city.

They have overwhelmed the facility and are sleeping on the floor and going without food, reported Craig Culbreth, director of Florida Baptist’s Partnership Missions Department. Few provisions had been made for the children’s long-term care or nourishment.

Lauren Dungy, children glad 'Coach' now is 'full-time dad'

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)—When NFL Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy announced his retirement in 2009, two years after leading his team to the Super Bowl XLI Championship in Miami, Lauren Dungy was ready to welcome him home in Tampa.

And so were the children.

LifeWay to be digital leader, exec says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—LifeWay Christian Resources will maintain its biblical fidelity, but its delivery systems are changing to keep pace with the digital church, President Thom S. Rainer told trustees at their Feb. 8-9 semiannual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Casting a vision for the next decade, Rainer said LifeWay will be “the ministry leader in the digital world,” such that “when people think about digital Christian resources, they will look to us. A digital strategy is critical to our future.”

'Giddyup' for a ride to Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LCR)—Despite the onset of snow and ice, almost 900 VBS leaders came to Nashville with summer on their minds.

Vacation Bible School 2010, titled "Saddle Ridge Ranch," was the focus of two VBS Preview events sponsored by the VBS area of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention Jan. 28-29 and 29-30 at LifeWay's home office in Nashville, Tenn.

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