March 13, 2003 Print Edition

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Budget, gambling highlights new session

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-The increasing threat of war with Iraq impacted the opening week of Florida's 2003 legislative session, March 4-7. Amidst Gov. Jeb Bush's proposal for a special election to reconsider two constitutional amendments approved by voters in 2002, his unease over the uncertainty of Florida's economy grabbed the attention of Bill Bunkley, legislative consultant for the Florida Baptist Convention.

Missionary killed in attack at Philippine airport

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)-Southern Baptist Missionary Bill Hyde, 59, died of severe head and leg injuries caused by a bomb hidden in a backpack and left under a rain shelter at the international airport in Davao, Philippines March 4.

Missionaries' son out of ICU in Philippines

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)-The infant son of Southern Baptist missionaries injured in a bomb blast at a Philippines airport March 4 is now listed in stable condition at a Davao City hospital.

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In the next few weeks I intend to write a series of articles on the Sovereignty of God and the free will of man. I will write these articles as a theological practitioner and not a theological theorist. These articles will be designed to assist and hopefully not confuse.


Recently, the House of Represen-tatives adopted the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (H.R. 534), that will ban all human cloning.

Kidney transplant renews pastor's life, ministry

ORANGE PARK (FBW)-Allen Harrod, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orange Park, said for him revival began Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in a hospital recovery room in Jacksonville. He had just undergone a kidney transplant.

Training Update

Free training available for boys mission program leaders
Conference to provide tools for reaching singles
Training offered on supervising missions volunteers
Training set for international mission trip leaders
Adult Conclaves explore "God's Work of Heart"

Pahokee pastor Wade Armstrong dies at 83

PAHOKEE (FBW)-D. Wade Armstrong, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pahokee, died March 2 after suffering a massive stroke Feb. 27. He was 83 and served in ministry 65 years.

Christian Home Week - May 4-11

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-The Southern Baptist Convention has designated May 4-11, 2003, as Christian Home Week. The week begins with Senior Adult Day and concludes on Mothers' Day. Churches are encouraged to include single adults, single parents and widows in their congregation's Christian Home Week festivities.

Honor your mother, help troubled children

Remember your mother in a special and different way this Mother's Day. Let her know you're giving in her honor to the MOTHER'S DAY OFFERING to help the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled boys and girls in the care of the FLORIDA BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOMES.

AIDS/HIV rate slashed in Uganda with TLW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-"I've saved myself for you," Carol and Daudi told each other during their 1999 wedding ceremony. As they exchanged wedding vows at Kampala Baptist Church, this Ugandan couple also exchanged the True Love Waits commitment cards each had signed, promising to postpone sex until entering a biblical marriage.

News Briefs

Conferences on Islam slated by LifeWay, NAMB in Aug. and Sept.
Federal appeals court delays effect of pledge ruling
Birmingham to host Medical Dental Fellowship
Childcare available for SBC rally, annual meeting
SBC Children's Conference planned in Phoenix
Students to 'Connect' at SBC annual meeting
Register online for SBC annual meeting in Phoenix

March 23: Praying for Protection

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

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