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POMPANO BEACH (FBW)-Raymonde Dumornay, wife of Pastor Jacques Dumornay of First Haitian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, died Jan. 22.
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW)—As the Legislature moves towards its half-way point in the 60-day session, a controversial bill to permit three “destination resort” casinos appears to be dead after failing to get a vote in a House committee Feb. 3.
Meanwhile, Bill Bunkley, president of Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, surveyed other legislation pending before the Legislature in a Feb. 3 interview with Florida Baptist Witness.
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) – Voters in two north Florida counties approved measures Jan. 31 that may allow slot machine permits at pari-mutuel facilities in the counties.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)—Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the well-known and respected breast cancer charity, has been the subject of a serious game of political football. In the end, abortion supporters applied intense pressure and scored a big victory for their cause and a small monetary win for Planned Parenthood.
News broke Jan. 31 that Komen was ceasing grants to Planned Parenthood designated for breast-health related services. The grants totaled approximately $680,000. Komen officials insisted the decision to defund Planned Parenthood had to do with the fact the organization is currently under congressional investigation—and not with Planned Parenthood’s abortion services.
“I do not believe in election,” the man said with anger.
The doctrine of election is a dividing point in the sometimes-heated discussion between Calvinists and Arminians. Calvinists affirm that God chose to save some individuals based on unconditional election. Arminians affirm that God chose to save individuals based on His foreknowledge of a faith response to Christ’s redemptive action.
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.
A recent Supreme Court decision is a victory for religious freedom. But we must remain vigilant.
A central concern of the Manhattan Declaration is the increasingly perilous state of religious liberty: scarcely a week goes by without yet another report about limitations on the right to practice our faith, at home as well as in the public square.
PLANT CITY (FBC)—“Courageous” executive producer Michael Catt, retired Lt. General William Boykin, evangelist Junior Hill, and Pensacola Pastor Ted Traylor are among a slate of speakers at the 2012 State Evangelism Conference March 25-27 at First Baptist Church of Plant City.
Other keynotes include John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; Larry Wynn, vice president of the North American Mission Board’s evangelism group; and Danny Forshee, pastor of Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.
AURORA, Ill. (BP)—Bishop T.D. Jakes says he has moved away from a “Oneness” view of the Godhead to embrace an orthodox definition of the Trinity—and that some in the Oneness Pentecostal movement now consider him a heretic.
Jakes—long a controversial figure among evangelicals because of his past unwillingness to affirm the Trinity—stated his belief Jan. 27 at the second-annual Elephant Room (theelephantroom.com), an event that brings together Christian figures from different backgrounds for what organizers call “conversations you never thought you’d hear.” This year’s Elephant Room was held at Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois and was simulcast to other locations nationwide.
Churches find themselves in turmoil over what kind of songs people prefer to sing. Older members often prefer traditional hymns of the faith. They spurn praise chores which the elderly call 7-11 songs, described as seven words repeated eleven times. As far as I can tell, God does not seem to care one way or the other as long as Jesus remains the focal point of worship. The church that loses sight of Him in the clamor for something new will soon find itself being a memorial to what used to be as it languishes in its own enthusiasm. Jesus must remain the drawing power of worship and the foundation of personal belief.
We have been studying the importance of the centrality of Christ in our lives. In setting up what is most important to us, we often say God first, family second and church third. We could work patriotism along with church because in times of national crisis, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Americans notably have lined up at recruiting centers to volunteer to serve our country. Those issues aside for the moment, the daily experiences of life can impact on the way Christ can be squeezed out of center stage in our daily activities.