February 9, 2006 Print Edition

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Coretta Scott King leaves behind a ‘more compassionate nation’

ATLANTA (BP)—Coretta Scott King was “a remarkable and courageous woman, and a great civil rights leader ... [who] carried on the legacy of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” President Bush said after news of her death Jan. 31.

Witnessing tools go ‘Over the Top’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Florida Baptists are taking the Southern Baptist Convention “Everyone Can” challenge to new heights through a one-day event focused on reaching children for Christ and equipping them to share the Gospel.

Vines preaches last JAX Sunday sermon

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) — In the first day of a season of lasts, Jerry Vines, pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, prepared Jan. 29 to step into his Sunday morning pulpit one last time.

Point of View

I am continuing a series of articles on how the Florida Baptist State Convention functions. This week we will look at how the Cooperative Program works.

Point of View

With eight Oscar nominations, more than any other movie this year, Brokeback Mountain continues to gain momentum. And with the momentum comes increasing interest by evangelicals to see it.

Point of View

Sometimes you have to wonder just who is funding scientific studies these days. There has to be some explanation for all the research on bizarre subjects.

Florida woman takes part in disaster relief panel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WMU)–Nations of the world were represented by nearly 30 missionaries during the international dinner that kicked off WMU’s board meeting Jan. 14–17 at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.

Christians called to ‘affirm the worth of all creation’

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines racial tension as “unrest and division among people caused by differing racial origins” and reconciliation as “‘change’ or ‘exchange’. The idea of a change of relationship, an exchange of antagonism for goodwill, and enmity for friendship. Attitudes are transformed and hostility ceases.”

Public Service Commissioner serves state with pastor’s heart

GRETNA (FBW)–When Baptist pastor Matthew M. Carter II was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission, he was told by Governor Jeb Bush that the Commission should operate with a “profound sense of ethics.” As Carter was sworn in Jan. 5, he promised to do his job with a spirit of ethics, energy and ecology, and with a commitment to follow the Golden Rule.

‘Standing on the shoulders of slaves’

Matthew Carter II said in his swearing-in ceremony, “I was born in south Georgia in 1952. Some would say that this was not a particularly great time to be born Black and in the South. I say that I am here today standing on the shoulders of slaves.”

Dungy: ‘Pain allows us to head back to our Father’

DETROIT (BP) – An emotional Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, in his first speaking engagement since his son’s funeral, headlined the 19th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast Saturday morning at the Super Bowl XL headquarters hotel in Detroit.

Super Bowl XL provides platform for sharing faith

DETROIT (BP)–From a faith-proclaiming media day at Ford Field in downtown Detroit to a rocking gospel concert at the historic Masonic Temple and a sold-out Athletes in Action breakfast at the NFL headquarters hotel, Super Bowl XL has seen a clear witness for Jesus Christ in the Motor City.

Senate confirmation of Alito ignites conservative hopes

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. Senate confirmed Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court Jan. 31, making him the 110th justice to serve on the country’s top judicial panel and providing hope the court might be moving toward more restraint in its decision making.

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