March 17, 2005 Print Edition

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‘Engage the culture,’ Bunkley tells Florida Baptists

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—As Florida’s political leaders prepare to gather March 17 for the annual Florida Leadership Prayer Breakfast, Florida Baptists’ legislative consultant is urging Christians to be in prayer for the state’s leadership—and to keep their eyes on Tallahassee during the annual legislative session, scheduled to run through May 1.

Terri Schiavo’s mom cites power of prayer after denials

CLEARWATER (FBW)—Mary said it has been a mother’s intuition this week that has kept her off the rollercoaster of emotions surrounding her disabled daughter’s case.

Rally at the Florida Capitol, Pinellas Park prayer vigil draw hundreds of Terri Schiavo supporters

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Family and pro-life leaders rallied in support of Terri Schiavo's parents and lawmakers who have stepped up to the plate in seeking ways to prevent the court-ordered death of a 41-year-old disabled Clearwater woman Mar. 18. And Hollywood actor Mel Gibson lent his support via a message read by Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler Jr.

Resort missionary points tourists, athletes to Christ

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (NAMB)—Derek Spain stands in the driving snow, bracing against the harsh wind and the 15-degree temperature. Strangers ask directions and he gives a greeting, turns, and points them in the right direction.

Adrian Rogers honored for half century of leadership

CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP)—Ginger Hall has been a member of Bellevue Baptist Church for 26 years. She’s spoken to her pastor, Adrian Rogers, and shaken his hand, exactly twice.

Terri Schiavo ‘should matter to us,’ Judge Greer’s new pastor says in Witness exclusive

Her name is Sharon. You don't know her, but God does. She matters to God, she matters to me, and how she is treated should matter to you. She will never engage in stimulating conversation or ponder political debates. She will never read a book or write a paragraph. She will never marry or raise children or even earn her own keep. But she matters.

Point of View

A recent criminal case in Virginia threw some light on a worrisome aspect of Muslim life in America. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen, was charged with working with al-Qaeda in an attempt to assassinate President Bush. Abu Ali’s family and friends have protested that the accused is a model young man and valedictorian of his high-school class.

Split decision: Slots lose in Miami-Dade, win in Broward

SOUTH FLORIDA (FBW)—Gambling forces lost one and won one March 8 in the South Florida counties’ referendums on slot machines. Now, attention turns to Tallahassee as the Legislature is required to adopt enabling legislation because voters’ approval of Amendment 4 last November.

‘Jesus is the One we praise,’ Rogers says in concluding sermon

CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP)—Adrian Rogers spoke of many defining moments in his life during his final message as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church March 6.

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