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If you’re like me, you’re weary of the excessive politicization of nearly everything in American culture.
Can’t we just enjoy Oreo cookies without making a statement about gay rights? Or savor a chicken sandwich without fear of being labeled a hater or homophobe?
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Attorney Joey Vaughn speaking in opposition to a proposed gay rights ordinance told Jacksonville City Council members July 24 if they wanted to make a statement supporting equal rights they should just “pass a resolution.”
ORLANDO (FBW)—Florida Family Policy Council expects to distribute 2.3 million voter guides for the Aug. 14 primary election in the Sunshine State—and another 3 million before the November general election, President John Stemberger said in a July 30 news release.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Florida Baptist Convention retiree Russell Kauffman of Jacksonville died July 24 at McGraw Community Hospice. He was 94.
MIAMI (FBW)—The head of Miami-Dade County Public Schools who last month threatened to evict a Southern Baptist church which rents space because of the congregation’s opposition to homosexuality apparently had a change of heart and now says the First Amendment is a priority.
Supt. Alberto Carvalho told the school board in a memo dated July 30 there would be “no action” to terminate the lease for Impact Miami following an investigation and a legal review.
C.T. Studd, the missionary to China and Africa, once said, “The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.” If Florida Baptists will do great things far away, they must have the resources to do great things in Florida. If they will do great things in Florida, they must be expanding, not reducing the work, role and budget of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Here’s a fresh and simple way to invite school teachers and staff to your church. Honor those important community leaders by planning a “Meet the Teacher” Sunday during the first month of school.
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.
The doctrinal systems of Calvinism and Arminianism are a historic divide within the evangelical world and Baptist life in particular. Yet, the doctrinal perspectives are closer at some points than many people realize.
OCALA (FBW)—The history of College Road Baptist Church in Ocala is also an account of almost all John Downing’s pastoral career. The church will honor him August 26, his 30th anniversary and the date of his retirement.
Downing became College Road Baptist Chapel’s first full-time pastor in 1982, when the fledgling congregation met in a double-wide modular building on 10 acres west of I-75 on Hwy. 200. The mission church had begun two years earlier at College Park Elementary School, a vision realized for Marion Baptist Association Director of Missions John Sible and Oakcrest Baptist Church Pastor Bill Terrell.