March 24, 2005 Print Edition

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Schiavo’s fate remains uncertain after new law

EDITOR’S NOTE: As Florida Baptist Witness goes to press late in the evening Mar. 21, a federal judge was still reviewing a request by Terri Schiavo's parents' attorney, David Gibbs, that their daughter's feeding tube be reinserted in light of the law passed by Congress the previous day. Please go to for the latest news in this case.

TAMPA (FBW/BP)–An attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents asked a federal judge March 21 to order her feeding tube to be reinserted. The hearing concluded without the judge issuing an immediate ruling.

Neurologist says Terri Schiavo could eat orally if court allowed it

PINELLAS PARK (FBW)—A doctor close to the Terri Schiavo case told Florida Baptist Witness Mar. 19 Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old disabled woman who lay inside Woodside Hospice could actually eat on her own if a judge had not also ruled she be denied food and water after her feeding tube was removed Mar. 18.

Florida Senate blocks bill to save Terri Schiavo

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With Southern Baptist laymen leading the way in the Florida House and Senate, legislation offered to prevent the starvation of Terri Schiavo stalled in the Senate March 17 hours after it was overwhelmingly approved in the House.

Point of View

As Yogi Berra once famously said after his teammates, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, hit back-to-back homeruns in consecutive games: “It's déjà vu all over again.” I'm getting the same feeling about something less awe-inspiring: that is, the way political pros and media types consistently get culturally motivated voters wrong.

Point of View

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The book’s title looks both promising and inspiring. Brian D. McLaren’s new book, A Generous Orthodoxy, is sure to get attention, and its title grabs both heart and mind. Who wouldn’t want to embrace an orthodoxy of generosity? On the other hand, the title raises an unavoidable question: Just how “generous” can orthodoxy be?

Former Florida pastor shares transitioning tools

KISSIMMEE (FBC)—Transition will be a key concept for 21st century ministry, said Dan Southerland, author of Transitioning: Leading Your Church Through Change and founder of Church Transitions, Inc. “We (the church) are either going to die as we are or we will transition into something that is missions oriented and culturally relevant.”

State Convention seeks names for 2005 Committee on Nominations

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-The elected officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention are looking for names of Florida Baptist laypersons and ministers to serve on the 2005 Committee on Nominations.

Churches join convention

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started eight new churches in February 2005.

Judge in Schiavo case withdraws membership from Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP)—Judge George Greer—whose rulings set the March 18 removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube—has withdrawn his membership at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.

Welch sets forth high aims for SBC meeting in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—SBC President Bobby Welch’s heightened vision for this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting stretches from an anticipated record number involved in the Crossover evangelistic outreach to baptism services during the convention sessions to a special segment honoring the life and work of Billy Graham.

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