August 12, 2010 Print Edition

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An interview with Rick Scott, Republican candidate for governor

Florida Baptist Witness interviewed the two leading Republican candidates for governor, Rick Scott and Bill McCollum. Numerous candidates for local, state and federal offices are on the Aug. 24 primary election ballot, with early voting beginning Aug. 9. For information about candidates in your area, consult your county supervisor of elections.

An interview with Bill McCollum, Republican candidate for governor

Florida Baptist Witness interviewed the two leading Republican candidates for governor, Rick Scott and Bill McCollum. Numerous candidates for local, state and federal offices are on the Aug. 24 primary election ballot, with early voting beginning Aug. 9. For information about candidates in your area, consult your county supervisor of elections.

Six months after quake, Haitians hurting, but hopeful

PORT-AU-PRINCE—(FBC)Tattered red, yellow and green umbrellas edge Port-au-Prince’s broken and battered roads, providing shade for street vendors who sell everything from soap and tires to groceries and clothes.

Each day they struggle to eke out a day’s wages.

Gleaming new buildings bearing the names CitiBank, Hertz and Wackenhut and a myriad of automobile dealerships—stand in stark contrast to the rubble and garbage still strewn in every corner of the besieged city.

Offering takes Jesus into Volusia County’s Hispanic neighborhoods

DELTONA (FBC)—Jorge Amaro retired in Deltona to be near his children, to do a little woodworking and to do a lot of gardening. But God had other plans and cultivated within the retired tele­com­munications engineer a vision and fervor to plant a new church to reach the community’s Hispanic population.

Starting new churches was not new for the Puerto Rican native who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had planted several churches. But that was not his plan in retirement.

Editorial: What’s at stake in Prop 8 marriage ruling?

The Roe v. Wade of “gay marriage.”

That’s what some are calling Vaughn Walker’s outrageous Aug. 4 ruling overturning California’s 2008 voter-approved Proposition 8 protecting traditional marriage, comparing it to the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand. In Perry v. Schwarzenegger Walker was the first federal judge to find a constitutional “right” to “gay marriage.”

Point of View: ‘Someday I’ll’ or ‘someday we’ll’

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to delay what needs to be done? I think many of us are this way, at least at times. We even say things like, “Someday I’ll start a diet,” or “Someday I’ll start exercising.” We hear it from people in our churches, “Someday I’ll start tithing,” “Someday I’ll start volunteering,” “Someday I’ll share my faith.” While sharing the Gospel with individuals we’ve heard, “Someday I’ll give my life to Jesus.” It’s unfortunate that too many people live their lives on “Someday I’ll ...”. They never seem to get off that “I’ll”... . They talk about it. They make commitments to do it. They may have deep emotional feelings about “Some day I’ll.., but they are just not willing to do what it takes to leave the “I’ll.” It’s too comfortable to live there. Leaving “Some day I’ll”... would be too painful.

Point of View: Fresh Ideas—Pupils, pencils & prayers

A new school year begins soon. What an opportune time for a church to encourage students and teachers. Need fresh ideas?

Point of View: Signature in the cell—Information and intelligence

In recent years, there have been several important books about intelligent design that go to the debate about evolution and the origins of life. Bill Dembski’s The Design Inference was first. Then along came Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe, showing the irreducible complexity of the cell, which casts grave doubts on Darwinian evolution as an explanation for life and higher life forms.

Point of View: Dave Says

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.

Mobile Dental Unit offers spiritual ‘lifeline’ to Florida’s poor and needy

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Coming to a neighborhood near you may be a 40-foot custom-built Blue Bird bus equipped with two dental operatories, a dental x-ray unit and sterilizing equipment.

Each year, the Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit moves across the Sunshine State, offering a lifeline to those who are financially incapable of caring for their dental needs. In the past year the big blue bus stopped in 32 Florida neighborhoods to fill cavities, clean teeth, and perform extractions for nearly 2,000 adults and children.

Eagle Scout builds fence for Jacksonville’s FBCH campus

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Joseph Vaughn, in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout, provided the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes Jacksonville campus a much-needed fence. According to FBCH Area Administrator Randy Harrison, Vaughn’s Eagle Scout project accomplished a task that had been on the campus to-do list for years.

The 57-acre Jacksonville campus includes pastures where the residents take lessons in horseback riding. The old wire fence around the pastures had become distorted as trees grew into its path, but the task of replacing the fence had taken a back seat to maintenance of the campus’ other 14 buildings and extensive grounds.

Fort Myers child raises money for FBCH malnutrition center

LAKELAND (FBCH)—Will Wiggins, 13, had the opportunity to travel with his family last summer on an international mission trip with the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes to the Children’s Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Guatemala.

The plight of the children made a lasting impression him. So much so, he returned home determined to do more for them. He immediately set about raising money and to date he has collected more than $6,400 for the Center.

Oil spill calls for different disaster relief approach

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—There’s plenty Southern Baptists can do for people affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico: provide hope for those who think they have none.

“We need to ramp up the emotional/spiritual care,” said Mickey Caison, adult volunteer mobilization team leader for the North American Mission Board, as he summarized the consensus at what was called the Deepwater Horizon Summit in New Orleans June 30-July 2.

Theological studies in seven Florida locations

ORLANDO (FBC)—Florida Baptist Theological Education, working in partnership with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and The Baptist College of Florida, has released its course schedule for the 2010 fall term.

Classes are offered in Pensacola, Graceville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and through the Center of the America’s locations in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Centrifuge Korea touches ‘trans-culture kids’

TAEJON, South Korea (BP)—Loud music, welcome cheers and high-fives greeted 166 middle and high school students to Centrifuge Korea, which for nearly 20 years has ministered to students from U.S. military bases and international schools in South Korea, Japan, Australia and the Philippines.

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