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Scholar says concern for orphans is historic

JACKSONVILLE (FBCH)-The late E. Earl Joiner spent many years researching and writing the book, Florida Baptist Children's Homes: A History of Caring, which was first published in 1995. He interviewed dozens of people, and pored over countless documents, records, and historical sources. More about that book in a moment; first, a little more about the fine Christian man who wrote it:

SBC membership exceeds 16.2 million in 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-Membership in Southern Baptist churches reached a record 16,247,736 in 2002, a 1.21 percent increase over the previous year, or 194,816 additional members.

Ted Traylor to be nominated to lead SBC pastors

PENSACOLA (FBW)-Florida Baptist Witness has learned Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, is to be nominated as president of the 2004 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference at this year's conference June 15-16 in Phoenix, Ariz.


It was a revelation to me that one of the reasons my step-dad was attracted to my mother 26 years ago was because of the way she single-handedly, for the most part, raised four children.


The gregarious Dr. Wayne Dehoney, retired pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville and Southern Baptist Convention president in 1964 and 1965, once told this story of Ivan the Great, Czar of Russia.


"Why can't we be good without God?" J. Budziszewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, says that his students ask this question frequently. They're okay with rules like "Thou shalt not steal," but they're uncomfortable with rules like "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." They want to be good by their own power and according to their own definitions of goodness-not by God's grace or according to His definition of goodness.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Legislature approves expansion of card rooms

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-In what has been described as a "do nothing, didn't happen" session, the regular session of the Florida Legislature ended its regular 60-day stint May 2 without authorizing a state budget and passing only a handful of bills.

Florida's language churches urged to 'dream again'

LEESBURG (FBC)-Membership in Florida Baptists' language churches is outpacing the growth of the state's ethnic population.

Cooperation results in new church

PONTE VEDRA (FBW)-For many, Easter Sunday means a new life and a new beginning, and this year it meant the start of a new church-The Church at Ponte Vedra.

Ft. Myers Beach 'sunset sanctuary' draws out-of-town visitors, locals

FT. MYERS BEACH (FBW)-On Palm Sunday evening the congregation of First Baptist Church in Ft. Myers Beach walked out of the church building and locked its doors. Not because they disbanded, but to go to the beach.

Prayer warrior mom covers heroic Army captain throughout combat

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (BP)-An Army captain who has garnered worldwide notoriety for a heroic rescue is alive today because of God's grace and the power of prayer, his mother says.

MOPS nurtures pre-schoolers' moms

CORAL GABLES (FBW)-Like other mothers with preschoolers, Jeni Hacker said she sometimes feels exhausted, with little time for herself. Her preschoolers-ages two and three-keep her busy.

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