March 20, 2008 Print Edition

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iTell speakers urge God's people to renew their passion for Christ

ORLANDO (FBC)-"We hope to kindle again the fires of evangelism we so desperately need today," John Sullivan told a crowd of nearly 800 Sunday night at the "iTell" State Evangelism Conference March 2-4 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

Actor Ben Stein brings ‘star power’ to evolution debate

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida legislators got a taste of Hollywood March 12 as actor-comedian Ben Stein brought his controversial film “Expelled” to Tallahassee to help lobby in favor of legislation to allow academic freedom when evolution is taught in Florida public schools.

Jeb Bush amused by 'irony' of Florida Democrat delegate dilemma

MIAMI (FBW)-Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could barely contain his amusement at the Democrat Party's Florida and Michigan delegate dilemma in its tightly contested presidential race, saying it's "ironic beyond belief" that the party which accused him and other Republicans of suppressing the vote in the 2000 Florida presidential election re-count now "got themselves in a hole" of "their own doing."

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

BARTLETT, Tenn. (NAMB)—For nine years now, Jon Hodge has been in the neighborhood-changing business, and while he’s changing neighborhoods, he’s also working—with God’s help—to change hearts, minds and souls.

Point of View

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article on the resurrection of Jesus Christ is adapted from the new Apologetics Study Bible released by the B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. The study Bible’s 100-plus articles and other features focus on defending the Christian faith. William Lane Craig is a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif.

Point of View

Recently a number of conservative Southern Baptist leaders endorsed the document, “A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change,” which asserts: “We believe our current denominational engagement with [climate change] issues has often been too timid, failing to produce a unified moral voice. Our cautious response to these issues in the face of mounting evidence may be seen by the world as uncaring, reckless and ill-informed. We can do better.”

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The recently released “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey” by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is being touted as one of the largest studies ever conducted of religion in America. The study’s findings are absolutely frightening. They reveal a spiritual dearth in our nation that is most disconcerting. It is not that there is any lack of so-called spirituality or religious curiosity in America today, but that Americans now shop for a plan of salvation the same way they do a cell phone plan.

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Mary Ann Andree was drying her hair in the Rio Sport and Health Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland, last month when the door to the women’s locker room suddenly opened. In came a man, wearing a blue ruffled skirt and make-up.

Florida high court hears ‘false light’ press case

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—It’s not often that national news organizations stand on the same side of evangelical Christians, but such was the case March 6 when the Florida Supreme Court heard an important freedom of speech, freedom of press case.

Florida Senate speeds approval of three gambling bills

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Gambling interests won wide support for three bills March 13 in the Florida Senate, but prospects for the legislation remain in doubt after House Speaker Marco Rubio continued to express opposition to gambling expansion.

Celebrating Baptist associations

Baptist associations in the United States celebrated their 300th anniversary in 2007. The Florida Baptist Witness is honoring Florida’s 49 associations in a series of articles that will showcase each association and its ministries. This is the sixth installment.


ORLANDO (FBC)—Throughout the three-day “iTell” State Evangelism Conference, small group seminars were provided to discover fresh approaches and rediscover timeless basics to help reach spiritually lost persons for Jesus Christ. In addition to the five seminars recapped here, another 12 provided targeted insights.

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