March 26, 2009 Print Edition

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Vietnamese church leaders travel to Jacksonville, Graceville in first trip outside Communist country

JACKSONVILLE(FBW)—After more than 30 years under Communist rule in Vietnam, Baptist Churches in Vietnam (BCV) gained official recognition from their national government only five months ago.

Churches come together to redo evangelist’s home

OLUSTEE (FBW)—Coming together to help a brother in need, folks from several local churches joined forces to make repairs and improvements on the home of Olustee-resident and Southern Baptist evangelist James Croft.

Bunkley urges panel to keep exemption for Bibles

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-At a time when many citizens are turning to churches and religious organizations to meet needs created by the economic recession, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley urged legislators to retain the sales tax exemption on religious items.

Point of View: Imagine if...

Editor’s note: This column is the first in an occasional series by the president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

Editorial: A sucker’s bet on the Seminole compact

In a cynical attempt for new revenue that avoids raising taxes, some in Tallahassee—led by Gov. Charlie Crist and certain legislators—are banking on making Floridians suckers to help balance the state’s $6 billion budget deficit. In one form or another, these “leaders” are betting, in part, on fixing our fiscal house with a gambling expansion.

Point of View: Can you drive a straight nail?

My inabilities as a carpenter are exceeded only by my inabilities as a mechanic. I can manage to use a hammer on special and extremely necessary occasions. My heyday as a hammer wielder came in the third year of my ministry.

Point of View: Dave Says

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.

Point of View: Killing without consequences—The Last Goodnights

In his new book, The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides, lawyer and author John West publicly tells a story that most people would have kept silent. He does it so that one day others may be able to kill openly and without fear. That’s not how West puts it, of course, but I’m afraid that’s what it boils down to.

House panel clears abortion ultrasound bill

TALLHASSEE (FBW)—A bill that would require an ultrasound image be shown to a woman considering an abortion in the first trimester cleared a panel in the House of Representatives March 18, the first of three committee stops for the measure which narrowly failed in the 2008 legislative session.

Judge allows ‘gay’ club in Nassau County schools

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—After a ruling “not totally unexpected” by the Nassau County School Board, district superintendent John Ruis said March 12 he was disappointed, but not surprised a federal court issued an injunction a day earlier allowing a “gay” club to meet at Yulee High School.

Coach trusts in God in the midst of ‘worst’ season

BOCA RATON (FBW)—Among the biblical books that college basketball coaches read for inspiration, Numbers and Deuteronomy likely rank fairly low on the list. But that is precisely where Florida Atlantic University’s Mike Jarvis has been camping out lately.

Convention sponsors first live web-based training event

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptists from Miami, Polk City and Jacksonville—and cities and towns in between—learned how to conduct and judge Bible Drills while remaining in the comfort of their homes during a one-hour “webinar” presentation webcast live over the internet March 10.

Business program offered at BCF

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—In direct response to the growing need among Christian business men and women for biblical principles and business training, The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is offering a 29 semester hour concentration in business as part of the bachelor of arts in leadership and Christian education degree.

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