April 17, 2008 Print Edition

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New Orleans church reopens more than two years after Katrina

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.

Storms faces attacks over evolution bill

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.

Shoes for Haiti make big impact, fill ‘extreme’ need

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).

Point of View

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.”

Point of View

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.

Federal Judge dismisses lawsuit in Gay-Straight Alliance case in Okeechobee

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.

New Piper Center opens at Lakeland home April 19

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.

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