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TAMPA (FBW) – Fred Luter and Barack Obama share historical distinctions as African Americans’ first Southern Baptist Convention and U.S. presidents, respectively, but on the major political-moral issue of gay marriage they are on opposite sides – a disagreement driven by Luter’s commitment to the Bible.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Instead of a tragedy, a bus crash on the way to a weekend spiritual retreat July 13 ended as a “distraction” for youth from Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
Heading north on Interstate 95, the 44-passenger bus blew a tire and crashed into the woods in Camden County, Ga., about 50 miles from its destination, according to Robert Anderson, the church’s associate pastor of church development.
In November 2010, messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention overwhelmingly approved the recommendations of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence (IIGCR) Task Force. Among other proposals, the task force recommended that we move to a pure 50/50 split of Cooperative Program receipts between the state and Southern Baptist Convention. The recommendation requested that the State Board of Missions present a plan to the 2011 FBSC meeting showing how the convention would accomplish this division of resources within four years. The recommendation further provided for a seven-year contingency plan in case the convention encountered continued financial decline. Under no circumstance would it take longer than seven years to implement the pure 50/50 split. In 2011, the FBSC approved such a plan.
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Your view of politics—or, more specifically, the role of Christians and Christianity in politics—is probably wrong (at least at times).
We preachers read the Book of Jeremiah and come away with mixed emotions. We read about God’s call to him and marvel. We cannot claim such a dramatic call experience, but we are equally certain of God’s call. Our old-time churches often saw the call to ministry as the supreme call, God’s highest calling. We can understand the retort of James P. Boyce, one of the founders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, when he was offered a job with a lucrative salary. He refused. When asked whether the pay was not enough, he replied, “The money is fine. The problem is, the job is not big enough.” Refusing the call to higher salaries, we stay where God has placed us, without excuse. Becoming aware of God’s call could be a gradual awakening to something higher in life.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
For the past few months, the New York Times has been running a series on anxiety at its “Opinionator” blog. According to the Times, “for many,” anxiety “is not a disorder, but a part of the human condition.” The series’ stated goal is to explore “how we navigate the worried mind, through essay, art and memoir.”
Picture the following scene. You are in a home in which you see a man and woman, passed out in a drug induced coma. On the floor are two little girls with soiled clothing, trying to entertain and care for each other.
NEW YORK (BP)—A family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania is under a state discrimination investigation for offering a 10 percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission confirmed there is an investigation against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in the town of Columbia. The complaint was filed by John Wolff, a retired electrical engineer.