February 26, 2009 Print Edition

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Point of View: Protecting Conscience: An Obstacle to Tyranny

Last week, what the Washington Post characterized as a “terse posting on a federal Web site” set the stage for a debate on just how seriously our society takes freedom of conscience.

Point of View: Injustice: Disturbing Justice Department nominees

President Obama continues to fill out his Cabinet and sub-Cabinet positions. These are the officials who really run the U.S. government.

Florida Baptists urged to ‘closely monitor’ Legislature

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With a looming budget deficit anticipated to dictate much of the action of the annual state legislative session, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley is urging Florida Baptists to evaluate budget priorities “through the lens of God’s principles and His priorities”—and to urge the Legislature to do the same.

Vigil for missing Haleigh reminder of ‘hope in Christ’

SAN MATEO (FBW)—Just after he dropped his own kids off at school Feb. 10, Terry Wright got a riveting call from the Putnam Co. Sheriff’s Office where he serves as a chaplain.

Florida Baptist volunteers restore Kentucky’s ice-mangled communities

CLINTON, Ky. (FBC)—”No one is here except for the Southern Baptists. The National Guard came one day but left the next. Then we saw 20, 40, 60 men and women coming down the road with all their disaster relief vehicles ready to help.

State Board slashes budget another $2 million

LEESBURG (FBC)—Taking proactive steps to continue God’s work in recessionary times, the State Board of Missions trimmed $2 million from the 2009 Cooperative Program budget, closed Blue Springs Conference Center for three months each year and consolidated Florida Baptist Convention staff positions during its Jan. 13 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Editorial: The family of God

“Are you sitting down?”

No one wants to hear this question at the beginning of a conversation—most especially in an unexpected phone call from your mother. But that was the question my mother asked me last Tuesday morning. Since she is 71 years old and we lost my father a little over a year ago, my mind immediately started to race with thoughts that there was something wrong with her. The news that prompted her question, however, was not about herself.

Point of View: Greatest church problem is ‘apathy and fear,’ not ‘change’

Ours is an era marked with rapid and often spastic change. With change, problems become more complex—even in the church and especially in the church as we wed theology and methodology. Information and management of information tend to become less effective in direct proportion to the rapidity of change.

Point of View: I was nearly an abortion statistic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)-As you may know, churches across the Southern Baptist Convention are urged to recognize "Sanctity of Human Life" on a specific Sunday each January.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey and is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on his radio program.

Point of View: Shocking—Conscience and cruelty

In 1961, shortly after Israel put Adolf Eichmann on trial—”the architect of the Holocaust”—Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram began a series of psychological experiments. The goal was to “test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was “ordered to” by an authority figure.

Bunkley urges legislators to reject gambling expansion

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley on Feb. 12 urged a committee studying the governor’s invalidated gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe to resist gambling expansion to ease the state’s financial pain at the expense of “increasingly deseperate” citizens.

BCF welcomes 80 new students to campus for spring, plans preview day March 20

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville welcomed over 80 new students to campus Jan. 15 with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries team providing a “Fun on the Move” activity exposing the new arrivals to the Graceville area.

After two decades of service, Sullivan championed as ‘pastor’s pastor’ and statesman

LEESBURG (FBC)—Twenty years ago during its January Board meeting, the State Board of Missions unanimously elected John Sullivan as the ninth executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention. During its Feb. 12-13, 2009, meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center, the Board paid tribute to the man who has surpassed all but one in service to Florida Baptists in this role.

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