May 24, 2007 Print Edition

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Florida Baptists' disaster relief efforts recognized at Governor's Conference

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBC)—Florida Baptists' Disaster Relief efforts received the Governor's Distinguished Service Award during the 21st annual Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale May 16.

Gov. Huckabee withdraws from New Baptist Covenant Celebration

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas, has withdrawn from the New Baptist Covenant Celebration planned for next January in Atlanta to protest former president Jimmy Carter's "unprecedented personal attack" on President George W. Bush and his administration's foreign policy as "the worst in history."

Salute to Troops planned for Memorial Day weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—LifeWay Christian Resources and Holman Bible Outreach International have teamed with Task Force Patriot USA, the U.S. Air Force, General Motors and Stone Mountain Park to sponsor a Memorial Day weekend tribute to active duty and veteran U.S. troops and their families.

Texas children's home executive elected new FBCH president

LAKELAND (FBW)—Jerry Haag was elected unanimously as the next president of Florida Baptist Children's Homes in a special called meeting of the board of trustees held May 19 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland. He will begin his duties July 1.

San Antonio to mark Anniversary

SAN ANTONIO (BP)—The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will celebrate three centuries of associational work in America during a three-day gathering in San Antonio, June 9-11, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

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In 1995, I received a call from a pastor in the Panhandle informing me that a lady in his church had given an undesignated check to the Florida Baptist Convention. This is always good news!

Point of View

With the recent passing of the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007," liberals in the House of Representatives are hoping to empower Big Brother to start picking more than just our pockets. This scary piece of thought-policing legislation will enable government to start picking our brains as well. Though it was passed under the guise of ridding our society of hate, H.R.1592 will inevitably lead to the policing of our opinions and the criminalizing of all politically-incorrect thinking. As a Senate staffer whose boss opposed the legislation astutely pointed out, this bill "actually punishes someone for what he thinks. That's pretty scary."

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A colleague of mine owns at least eight complete recordings of Handel's Messiah. His collection includes "historically accurate" performances and more modern ones.

Hurricane Day of Prayer June 1

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Florida Senate unanimously adopted May 3 a resolution recognizing the first day of hurricane season, June 1, as a "Day of Prayer."

Ten churches join Convention

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention's Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 10 new churches in April, 2007. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Destin couple Operation N.O.A.H. volunteers in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (LBC)—Within a year's time, Fred and Nancy Gray each faced a life-threatening illness. After recovering, they determined not only to live everyday to the fullest, but to live it fully for God.

Baptist Associations to Celebrate 300th Anniversary

PHILADELPHIA (BP)—The first Baptist association in America will mark its 300th anniversary in September, and Southern Baptists will join in the celebration at a special associational missions rally June 10 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in San Antonio. The rally, which will promote the continuing need for associational work, will be held at San Antonio's First Baptist Church.

Florida's many Baptist associations provide encouragement and support

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Baptist associations in the United States celebrate their 300th anniversary in 2007. Florida Baptist Witness is honoring Florida's 49 associations in a series of articles throughout the year that will showcase each association and its ministries.

Florida Baptist Association first in Sunshine State, began in 1842

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Associational missions in Florida began in 1842 with the formation of Florida Baptist Association. As the Sunshine State's first association, there was no need to delineate any regional boundaries since member churches were spread from Wauchula to Jacksonville to Pensacola. Today's smaller association, located in Florida's capital city, retains its all-encompassing title.

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