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NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Imagine the nation’s worst natural disaster striking your home. Water nine feet deep. No more books. No more furniture. No more safety or security.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon) has been surprised by the personal attacks of those who oppose her bill to protect academic freedom for public school teachers and students addressing evolution.
PORT AU PRINCE (FBC)—Compliments of Florida Baptists, 4,200 pairs of shoes, 2,000 pants and 2,000 shirts—packed in 169 boxes— arrived April 3 in flood-ravaged Haiti.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of five articles by David S. Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., on the authority of the Bible. The five articles were published as one article in the February 2008 issue of SBC Life, journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (www.sbclife.org).
Melanie Spinks left lesbianism several years ago. She told me recently how glad she was to see Southern Baptists establishing a full-time office to help our churches deal with the issue of homosexuality. Her message to me was basically, “Encourage our churches to be the church.”
At Prison Fellowship’s national headquarters hangs one of my favorite photographs. It is huge—six feet by four feet—featuring a close-up of a female prison inmate wearing a blue scarf and burgundy jumpsuit. Her face is lighted with a joyful smile.
OKEECHOBEE (FBW)—A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit April 9 against the Okeechobee County School Board which fought the establishment of a “Gay-Straight Alliance” at Okeechobee High School.
LAKELAND (FBCH)—A much-needed 15,000-square-foot Piper Children’s Center that has been under construction in Lakeland since last summer, is set to open in April. The public is invited to a dedication ceremony April 19, beginning at 3 p.m.