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TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Although a Senate committee gave approval March 26 to legislation intended to protect academic freedom of teachers and students regarding evolution, the action was only a “small hurdle” and long odds remain against the bill becoming law, according to Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first 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).
Recently, Southern Baptists’ attention has been focused on media reports which relate to the release of and the signing of a document titled, “Southern Baptists Environment and Climate Initiative.” Seldom have I seen such a reaction. Part of this has been slightly humorous.
As you celebrated Easter, did you notice anything—or anyone—unusual?
MARIANNA (FBC)—In campgrounds across the state, over 400 Florida Baptists participate in evangelistic outreach through Campers on Mission each year sharing their faith as they go.
MIAMI (FBC)—Miami churches are reaching out across continents with an expectation of bringing a renewed excitement for missions at home with a three-year missions partnership with the Baptist churches of Manaus, Brazil.
DADE COUNTY (FBW)-Two Dade County Baptist churches, both predominantly African-American, recently started new Spanish-speaking congregations. Both new ministries grew out of the hearts of the churches' pastors who sensed a need to expand their churches' reach to the Hispanic families in their neighborhoods.
BROOKSVILLE (FBW)—A team of youth Bible scholars from First Baptist Church in Brooksville will compete April 25-26 in Jacksonville in hopes of continuing their Bible Quiz winning streak in their Florida championship. The team of four and an alternate member took top honors in the Lakeland regional competition of the Word of Life Bible Quiz Blitz Challenge Feb. 23.