April 6, 2006 Print Edition

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Turning out lights shows spiritual darkness

TAMPA (BP)–With every light in the auditorium of Idlewild Baptist Church turned out, Pastor Ken Whitten told participants of the West Africa Summit that the physical darkness of the room could not compare with the spiritual darkness of West Africa.

Blind missionary guides to Christ

LANSING, Mich. (NAMB)–Larry Woods’ job would be so much easier in Tallahassee, Tuscaloosa or Baton Rouge.

Missionary parents humbly embrace ‘honorable calling’

MARIANNA (FBW)–Moving her hands, head, shoulders and face in a rhythm her mother well understood, Dee Douglas remembers the moment 10 years ago when she told her mother she would be leaving Texas to become a missionary to the Deaf peoples in Eastern Europe.

Point of View

If you are a Southern Baptist what do you need to know about the Cooperative Program? Is it merely a way to support the denomination, or is it a relevant, viable process that makes a difference in people’s lives beginning where you live and extending around the world?

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I celebrate congregational ecclesiology. However, what many Baptist churches claim as a Biblical ecclesiology is merely a flawed model they have practiced for a long time and have “baptized” in Christian terminology. While many churches claim to practice a New Testament model, they in fact practice a dysfunctional imitation of the real thing.

Point of View

Last week, the South Korean government revoked the license of scientist Hwang Woo-Suk. The revocation followed revelations that Hwang, whose claimed breakthroughs in cloning made him a national hero, had fabricated his data. Hwang is now barred from “cloning or receiving human eggs for stem cell research.”

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I am by nature an optimist. I have seen the hand of God too often in my life to live in a state of despair and defeatism. But the state of evangelism in the American church is such that I do have my moments when I wonder if the church is headed down the path of many European congregations: decline and death.

McDonnall says a call for water led to sacrificed lives

MARIANNA (FBW)–She never heard the soft prayers of the soldiers who stopped to pray at her hospital room door or felt her mother’s tender hand on her forehead while she laid in a drug-induced coma for eight days, but Carrie McDonnall won’t ever forget the urgency of the call to provide water to some Iraqi families.

Victim’s parents find strength in God’s ‘permissive will’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–When violence crushed Jacksonville nursing student Sarah Whitlock’s longtime goal of serving in medical missions and ministering to South America’s needy, parents Gary and Paula could not be found shaking fists to heaven or grumbling to God.

One year later: Terri’s legacy survives

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)–It was a painful time for the Schindler family.

PATRICIA ANDERSON: Schindler attorney, 2001-2004, the case strengthened her faith, changed her mind

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)-In her first interview since last year’s controversial dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, Pat Anderson, a long-time attorney in St. Petersburg who worked on the case for more than three years, told Florida Baptist Witness in late March she felt like she was “dropped into boiling oil,” when she entered the case in 2001 in the midst of an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.

DAVID GIBBS III: Telling the behind the scenes story of the final days of Terri’s life

SEMINOLE (FBW)–Attorney David Gibbs III, nearly a year after the dehydration of Terri Schiavo, is telling audiences who will listen about his part in the so-called “right-to-die” case that shook a nation and caused many to look at the way the disabled are treated in America.

Family forms the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation

ST. PETERSBURG (FBW)–Pledging to work on behalf of the disabled, elderly and other vulnerable citizens, against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing, members of Terri Schiavo’s family will through the foundation work to educate the public on guardianship and state laws concerning death by dehydration and starvation.

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