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Point of View: The Hilary Rosen controversy & a lesson for Christians

MADISON, Ind. (BP)—Hillary Rodham Clinton and Hilary Rosen have more in common than their first names. The secretary of state made a famous political blunder back in 1992 when her husband Bill was campaigning for the presidency. In responding to a reporter’s query about her active role as the first lady of Arkansas, she retorted: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.” Though she quickly tried to clarify that her intent had not been to demean stay-at-home moms, many felt this comment provided a window into Ms. Clinton’s worldview. Critics said that from her perspective, the domestic side of womanhood might be a choice a woman should be free to make, but she clearly would rate it as an activity of lesser significance than pursuing her career in the workplace.

Former BCF president remembered today in Pensacola

PENSACOLA (BCF)-Family and friends gathered April 9 at First Baptist Church in Pensacola to honor former Baptist College of Florida President Joseph P. DuBose, Jr., 87, who died April 4. DuBose served as president of what was then called Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville 1977-1990. He is survived by his wife, Sybil, and three sons.

“Dr. Joe Dubose served as president during a pivotal time in the life of the college,” current BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen said. “It was a time in which the school was becoming a more broad-based Christian institution of higher education. He provided the leadership necessary to make the moves that were needed without losing the distinctively Christian posture of the school. We will be forever grateful for his contributions.”

Bubba Watson wins 2012 Masters with dramatic playoff shot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BGEA) - With his ball in the Augusta National woods on the 2nd playoff hole, Christian golfer Bubba Watson came up with the shot of his life, a 155-yard pitching wedge that clinched the 2012 Masters championship and his first major championship.

Pro-lifers launch 'Yes on 6' campaign

TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) -- With a Southern Baptist medical doctor leading, a coalition of pro-life groups on Monday launched a "Yes on 6" campaign to urge passage of a constitutional amendment that could pave the way for lawmakers to require parental consent before an abortion could be performed.

Whitten to nominate Texas pastor for SBC 1st VP

HOUSTON (SBT/FBW) – Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, has told Florida Baptist Witness he intends to nominate Texas pastor Nathan Lino for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the annual meeting in New Orleans this summer.

“I believe Nathan’s vision and leadership are exactly what we need in Southern Baptist life,” Whitten told the Witness.

Point of View: Pastoral reflections on Chuck Colson, ‘faithful steward’

While multitudes mourn the death of Charles Colson, probably the best-known and most influential American Christian other than Billy Graham, I experience a profound sadness as his pastor of 20 years. I first met Chuck while in view of a call. I presented an audacious covenant to the First Baptist Church of Naples which was attached to the secret ballot, challenging the church: “You cannot separate a man from his message and his methods; a vote to call me is a vote to confirm this covenant.” While not a member yet, Chuck came to me and affirmed this action and asked permission to put my covenant in his next book, The Body.

Colson, felon-turned-evangelical leader, dies

WASHINGTON (BP)—Former Watergate felon turned evangelical leader and Prison Fellowship founder Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, died Saturday (April 21) in Fairfax, Va. He had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage in his brain in late March and was hospitalized ever since.

Scroggins to chair SBC Resolutions Committee

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—SBC President Bryant Wright has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions who will serve during the June 19-20 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans.

Wright, pastor of the Atlanta-area Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.

Elliff: Prayer is ‘absolutely essential’ to reach unengaged people groups

ORLANDO (FBW)—There are 3,500 people groups in the world who have no known witness for Jesus Christ and will not be reached without persistent prayer, Tom Elliff said March 29 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

“If this does not begin with prayer in your heart and prayer in your church, then it will never go any further than today,” said Elliff, president of the International Mission Board, in a pre-recorded video to the Embrace Conference, co-sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention.

Janet Wicker plans devotional with over 300 contributors for New Orleans

NAPLES (FBW)—Giving voice to women across the globe, Janet Wicker has enlisted over 300 ladies—from pastors’ wives to missionaries—to write a devotional spanning Genesis to Revelation that will be given as a gift to every woman who attends the 2012 Ministers’ Wives Luncheon in New Orleans this June.

Wicker, who is president of this year’s luncheon and the wife of Hayes Wicker, pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, asked the women to participate after envisioning how she could have a lasting impact on other ministry wives.

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: Arminianism on general atonement

The followers of John Calvin and James Arminius disagreed on the nature of election. The two sides further disagree on the extent of the atonement. The central question in the disagreement on this issue is how representatives of each viewpoint answer the question, “For whom did Christ die?” Did Jesus in his death bear the sins of the elect alone (particular atonement) or did He bear the sins of all humanity (general atonement)?

Point of View: Church tours can become a unique outreach

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)—Summertime’s coming, and you might be surprised how many people in your community would enjoy a walking tour of your church building. Whether it’s large or small, your church building is a beacon in your town.

Uth speaks at United Nations Easter celebration

NEW YORK (FBW)—David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando and president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, was the keynote speaker at an Easter Celebration April 4 in New York City which drew nearly 200 United Nations ambassadors, military advisors and their spouses.

Hosted by The Foreign Service Fellowship at the UN, the event was the third, according to Eddie McClelland, president and CEO of Florida Baptist Financial Services, who also attended the dinner and concert. Ken Welborn, a former North American Mission Board missionary, assisted in coordinating the event.

Reorganization of convention staff continues 6 months after transition

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—“In the 21st Century, institutions must be able to change as needed, to turn rapidly, to adjust to the whirlwind of transitions that technology and our culture bring,” observed Tim Maynard, president of the State Board of Missions, Florida Baptist State Convention.

Maynard, who serves as pastor, Fruit Cove Baptist Church, Jacksonville, led the State Board’s effort during the past year to develop and implement organizational change to the Florida Baptist Convention in response to the challenge of change and transition in Florida Baptist life. He noted that, “our message has not changed at all,” but he stressed the new organizational structure seeks to provide “a more relevant working paradigm” to better serve Florida Baptists.

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