August 26, 2010 Print Edition

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Editorial: This is no way to oppose Islam

A Gainesville church has made international headlines for its plans to burn copies of the Qur'an on Sept. 11-the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America.

Brandon church hosts largest 'by far' candidate forum

BRANDON (FBW)—Bell Shoals Baptist Church isn’t interested in a union of church and state, but the Brandon congregation does want to engage its community and offer information to its members about those seeking public office.

For that reason since 1994, Bell Shoals has hosted forums with political candidates, with this year’s event on Aug. 11 drawing 68 aspirants for governor, attorney general, other statewide offices and numerous candidates for local offices, including school board, the state legislature, and U.S. Congress.

Epic Pakistan flooding ‘worst in memory’

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP)—Unprecedented flooding in an area of Pakistan where people already struggle with great tragedy and hardship has prompted a Southern Baptist disaster relief response.

As many as 1,600 people are reported dead and another 20 million have been affected, the United Nations is reporting. As the heavy rains continue to fall, devastation and despair once again seem to have taken hold among the peoples of Pakistan. Stranded by floodwaters, many are grieving loved ones who have died while worrying about how they will care for their living.

Point of View: Maguire State Mission Offering is taking Jesus into the neighborhoods

What a wonderful theme for this year’s Maguire State Mission Offering, “Taking Jesus into the Neighborhood!” That is what the Maguire State Mission Offering is designed to do. Here are just some examples of the 27 ministries funded through the offering:

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.

Point of View: Giving up on the Great Commission God?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The Great Commission demands that we share the Gospel with family and friends, but rarely do people turn to Christ as quickly as we would like. Have you ever prayed for somebody so long that you wondered if God was still listening? Are you now praying for someone, but your faith is wavering because God seemingly does not care about your loved one?

Point of View: We can still win this thing—The court and public opinion

I’ve spent the days following the ruling in the proposition 8 case, praying, reading, and thinking. My first reaction was, “Our worst nightmare has come true.” A federal judge declaring that the “ability to marry” is a fundamental right that cannot be denied to gays and lesbians. What nonsense. Societies throughout history have restricted the ability to marry (which is why, for instance, you’re not allowed to marry your sister.)

Panhandle Baptists reinvigorate believers in land of Baptist forefathers

BONIFAY (FBC)—More than 200 Florida Baptists from 30 mostly small Panhandle churches have traveled for the past three summers to the land of where Baptist history began to share the Gospel in a state where 97 percent of the residents are non-believers.

Although Baptist roots grow deep in New Hampshire, today the Granite State is considered one of the most irreligious states in the country. Only three percent of the state’s 1.3 million residents profess to be a Christian believer.

Brain tumor teaches man patience

PENSACOLA (FBW)--Paul Trippe, a member of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, had reconciled himself to a life of excruciating pain when a prayer request in his Sunday School class led him on a quest for healing.

Prayers on his behalf-he believes-from his class and from others whom he may never meet-led to his healing.

Myrtle Grove Baptist youth ‘Celebrate Life’

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Although the words and melodies to a popular youth choir musical “Celebrate Life” had not changed in 35 years, at Pensacola’s Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, the once-teenaged choir members had to bring out the name tags for a reunion with childhood friends in July.

Almost 100 alumni of the Myrtle Grove youth choir of 1968-1984 met in Pensacola July 24-25 to rehearse yet again to sing for a morning worship service at the church where they began.

Experiencing God: 20 years, 45 languages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Join God where He is working.

That simple premise hasn't changed during the two-decade history of "Experiencing God," an interactive Bible study first published in 1990 that taught a radically God-centered way of life. Initially written by Henry Blackaby and Claude King, the material was revised and expanded in 2007 by Richard Blackaby, Henry Blackaby's son.

Maguire State Mission Offering Daily Prayer Guide

Florida Baptists are getting out into their neighborhoods, in their own backyards, and in communities of their mission partners. They are taking Christ’s command to His disciples to heart, going out into their own highways and byways in search of the spiritually lost, the broken and needy.

Former Muslims pay heavy price for faith

NORTH AFRICA (BP)—Ibrahim* wasn’t ready to die. He wasn’t ready to back down either.

For months, Islamic authorities had ignored the tiny house church he started with a handful of former Muslims in a dusty, desolate village on the outskirts of town. But the 26-year-old Arab farmer’s brazen evangelism had become a problem. The church was growing, and it was now turning too many heads and winning too many souls for authorities to overlook. Today, they’d come to end it.

Afghan aid workers were ‘unwavering’, Mercer says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Heather Mercer, who along with Dayna Curry was held captive by the Taliban for 105 days nine years ago, said the aid workers who were killed recently in Afghanistan were an example of what it means to love a forgotten people.

Mercer told Baptist Press she learned that 10 aid workers had been murdered in the mountains of Afghanistan, possibly by the Taliban, and as she watched sat shocked watching Fox News she realized they could have been friends from her time there.

First Person: Scientology-The Celebrity Cult

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—We’re all looking for it. Some of us have been looking our whole lives.

“Hmm ...” I’m thinking as I watch the TV commercial unfolding with beautiful music, scenes of people with searching eyes, and a warm sounding male voiceover. “I wonder what this is about.

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