May 22, 2008 Print Edition

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At 48, he’s a new Navy chaplain

PENSACOLA (BP)—It’s been nearly 24 years since Ed Erwin observed Memorial Day in a military role, so it holds special significance this year for the longtime Southern Baptist pastor.

‘Celebration of Life’ honors Bell Shoals pastor, son

BRANDON (FBW)—A young teen in shirt and tie paused dismally at the memorial display at the front of Bell Shoals Baptist Church’s massive worship center until he had a clear shot. Slipping a cell phone out of his pocket, he snapped a photo, smiled sheepishly and moved away only when an older youth kindly grabbed him by the back of the neck to scoot him along.

Florida Baptists aid wildfire victims

MELBOURNE (FBC)—Firefighters believe they have the upper hand in the wildfires scorching Brevard County last week, leading the County’s Emergency Operations Center to authorize the closing of the shelter located at Central Baptist Church in Melbourne, reported Fritz Wilson, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief director.

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Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is coming to Jacksonville to lead a “Just Give Me Jesus” conference April 24-25, 2009. This is good news for North Florida! Anne is a gifted Bible teacher and this will be one of the finest events for women in our area.

Point of View

On May 7, a much-anticipated document, “An Evangelical Manifesto,” was officially revealed to the public. The organizers’ press release declared the Manifesto to be a “three-year effort ... to reclaim the definition of what it means to be an Evangelical—a term that, in recent years, has often been used politically, culturally, socially—and even as a marketing demographic.”

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I have refrained from commenting extensively on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy because this is an election year, and I avoid partisan questions. Until now, the Rev. Wright has been closely aligned with the Democratic front-runner.

Pollock remembered as godly denominational leader

BRANDON (FBW)—Forrest Pollock, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, and his 13-year-old son, Preston, did not survive a May 12 plane crash in the rugged North Carolina mountains.

New believers ‘take the plunge’ in Melbourne beach baptism

MELBOURNE (FBC)—Following a call to have “faith that obeys” 46 people were baptized in the ocean May 4 at Paradise Beach.

Calif. Supreme Court legalizes ‘gay marriage’

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)—The California Supreme Court May 15 issued a much-anticipated and landmark decision by ordering the state to legalize “gay marriage,” making it the second in the nation to do so and also setting up a dramatic cultural and political battle in November, when a constitutional marriage amendment likely will appear on the ballot.

Timeline: ‘Gay marriage’ decisions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Six state supreme courts within the past five years have ruled on the issue of “gay marriage.” Following is a timeline of those decisions:

Element, Freedom churches begin in Tampa Bay association

JACKSONVILLE(FBC)-According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 11 new churches in April 2008. The following is a listing of new churches listed by association:

State bills would give teachers freedom teaching evolution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” apparently is having a significant impact in the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Humans hard-wired for faith, PBAU scholar Paul Copan says

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Are humans hard-wired for religious faith?

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