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Board approves science standards with 'theory' compromise

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Rejecting advice from both sides in the evolution debate, the Florida Board of Education voted 4-3 on Feb. 19 to add "scientific theory of" before each reference to "evolution" in new science standards for public schools in the Sunshine State.

Molino flock protected by Shepherd's hand in Feb. 17

MOLINO (FBW)—After Pastor Brian Calhoun's "shorter-than-usual" sermon Feb. 17 on Jesus as our Good Shepherd, the flock at Highland Baptist Church experienced His care and protection from a tornado that damaged the church facility.

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On Nov. 19, a battle took place in Tallahassee. Those of us involved in that skirmish walked away with different versions of what had taken place. Even members of the news media had conflicting views of what had actually been decided. As to who won and who lost this battle—everyone lost something, but the biggest losers were the students in Florida's public schools. They lost some privileges and they lost some rights. To better understand what was at stake, it is essential that one understand the power of the Sunshine State Standards.

Point of View

At a recent conference on Christian worldview, a college student asked the question: "Is there a model for engaging secularism?" The panel of well-known experts was stumped, clearly unfamiliar with the fact that 200 years ago a small group of politicians, bankers, writers, and lawyers addressed and overcame the crisis of secularism and immorality in England.

Students catch on to Starbucks conversation starters

LESSBURG (FBC)—College students from around the state put aside friendly school rivalries for a weekend of discipleship, leadership training and worship at the 2008 State Baptist Collegiate Conference Feb. 15-17, at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg.

Welch intercedes for Daytona 500 drivers

DAYTONA BEACH (BP)—Bobby Welch continued one of the Daytona 500's founding traditions by voicing the invocation prayer at the 50th running of the NASCAR race Feb. 17.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

RENO, Nev. (NAMB)—North American Mission Board missionary Melanie Lawler is a real, talking, walking-around miracle.

WRAP-UP: Exec. Comm. endorses $205.7M SBC budget

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee members approved a 2008-09 Cooperative Program Allocation budget of $205,716,834 for recommendation to the SBC during its June 10-11 annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Union University breaks ground on new dorms, classes start

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)—"Today in what seems almost beyond comprehension— two weeks and three days after a tornado destroyed large portions of this campus—we gather together to give thanks to God for a new beginning and the opportunity to build again," said Union University President David S. Dockery Feb. 22 at the groundbreaking for a new student housing complex.

Castro's announcement 'insignificant,' but pray for change, Floridians told

TALLAHASSEE (FBW/BP)—Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio called Fidel Castro's Feb. 19 announcement of his resignation as president "insignificant" and told Florida Baptist Witness he laughed when he saw news reports Castro had passed the title to his brother, Raul.

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Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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Wiley Richards is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

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