August 10, 2006 Print Edition

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Winter Haven church opens door to heal sick and needy

WINTER HAVEN(FBC)—Polk County residents Lisa Lowery and Jennifer Smith know what it's like to have no place to turn while coping with a serious illness.

The Bible and the Qur'an

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Each day millions of Christians read the Bible (literally ‘book’) as the authoritative, inspired revelation from God. Likewise, millions of Muslims affirm the Qur'an (literally ‘recitation’) as the authoritative, inspired revelation from God. The Bible and the Qur'an share numerous similarities; the differences, however, are noteworthy. Varied understandings of the nature, function, and authority of Islam’s respective religious books demonstrate radically disparate approaches to religion.

Coalition of evangelicals presents alternate environmental policies

WASHINGTON (BP)—A coalition of more than 110 evangelical Christians from various fields has issued a rebuttal to the arguments of evangelical leaders urging mandates to restrict human-induced global warming, calling instead for environmental policies it believes will more greatly benefit the poor.

Point of View

The New York Times recently featured a front-page story on the members who have left Woodland Hills Church in suburban St. Paul, Minn., over Pastor Gregory Boyd’s denunciation of “politics.” The Times headline summarized the story, “Disowning conservative politics, evangelical pastor rattles flock.

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An elementary school in Broward County will welcome its first transgendered kindergartner this fall. School administrators and the 5-year-old’s parents have agreed that it’s in the little boy’s best interest to operate as a female. He’s been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria,” a condition in which the person behaves like the opposite sex and exhibits discomfort with his or her external body parts.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Gary Crawford, pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, delivered this message at a dinner honoring his secretary of 20 years, Brenda Kirby.

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There they go again. The liberal media, it seems, likes nothing better than to play up what they see (or create) as divisions in the evangelical ranks. This July 30 New York Times featured a front-page story about Gregory Boyd, an evangelical pastor in Minnesota who is highly critical of the religious right and refuses to talk about abortion or other cultural war issues from his pulpit.

New church mentality prompts ‘what would Jesus do?’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Billy Howard battled alcoholism for much of his 55 years, yet he has not taken a drink in the past 23 months—a transformation founded on his faith in Jesus Christ.

Crestview, Baker teens tapped to serve on Acteen State Advisory Panel

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Three high school teens who have demonstrated a commitment to minister with “helpful hands and a willing heart,” have been selected to represent Florida as “Acteens State Advisory Panelists,” for 2006-2007.

Tony Evans to address Jacksonville conference

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Nationally known speaker Tony Evans, pastor of the 7,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, will serve as keynote for the 2006 Church Leadership Development Conference set Sept. 22-23 at Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church.

Palm Beach Atlantic University appoints new deans

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)—Palm Beach Atlantic University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Joseph Kloba appointed three new deans: Melise Bunker as dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies, E. Randolph Richards as dean of the School of Ministry, and J. Barton Starr as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Author leads Simple Church seminar

Jacksonville (FBC)—Eric Geiger, executive pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami, will be the keynote speaker for the Simple Church seminar Sept 7, at First Baptist Church in Orlando. Geiger is the co-author of the book, Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples with Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Beach Blast 2XS equips youth for evangelism

DAYTONA BEACH (FBC)—A weekend of sun, surf and salvation became a life changing experience for 700 youth and leaders July 28 who kicked off Beach Blast 2XS Youth Evangelism Conference in Daytona Beach. The three-day conference at First Baptist Church was designed to equip students with the tools they need to share the Gospel in their daily lives.

W.A. Criswell’s widow, Betty, dies at 93 in Dallas

DALLAS (BP)--Bessie “Betty” Marie Criswell, 93, widow of legendary preacher and former Southern Baptist Convention President W.A. Criswell, died Aug. 2 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

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