September 20, 2007 Print Edition

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Hands on missions opportunities for young adults 18-29

WEST AFRICA (BP)—Daniel Ruiz, 21, wanted a challenge, so he thought he’d try the Sahara Desert.

Youth make connection in Senegal

SENEGAL, West Africa (BP)—High school student Matt Constantin looked out from the highest point of Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, and prayed. On his last afternoon in the African city, the U.S. teen saw much more than the sprawling metropolis. His view had been broadened by 10 days of ministry on the ground below.

Volunteers get good report cards in Operation NOAH Rebuild

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Twice now, John Dilbert Elementary School in New Orleans will never be the same.

Orphans in unmarked graves identified

ARCADIA (FBW)—For nearly 100 years eight unmarked graves at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in rural Arcadia piqued the interest of passersby. Most locals thought they were orphans who died during an outbreak of the Spanish flu in 1918.

God brings hope in tragic circumstances

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—After a Sept. 2 pre-dawn accident on South Carolina I-95 killed his 16-year-old-daughter and critically injured his two sons, Florida Baptist Convention employee Jeff Fournier refused to point fingers or blame God.

Fort Lauderdale mayor holds firm on family-friendly stance

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)—Jim Naugle, six-term mayor of Fort Lauderdale, told Florida Baptist Witness he thinks the majority of the community supports his efforts to make the city as a more family-friendly destination, despite criticism from homosexual activists and local government officials.

Point of View

A county judge in Des Moines, Iowa, of all places, ruled in August that the state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman violates the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.

Point of View

We live in a litigation-happy society. Assuming your church is safe from lawsuits is a set-up for disaster. While many suits are unjustified factually or legally, way too many suits against churches are appropriate because of inadequate ministerial practices. The very good news is that the majority of such lawsuits are preventable.

Point of View

In the days leading up to the sixth anniversary of the deadly September 11 attacks by Islamo-fascist terrorists, we have had two reminders of just how determined our enemies are.

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Christian Coalition of Florida names Faith & Family winners with 100 percent record

ORLANDO (FBW)—The Christian Coalition of Florida recognized Florida legislators who have a 100 percent voting record in relation to moral issues at its “God and Country 2007” banquet Sept. 8 in Orlando.

Senior adult celebration slated Oct. 8-19 in Apopka

APOPKA (FBC)—Bible study, worship and comedic entertainment will highlight the Second Annual Sensational Central Florida Senior Adult Celebration Oct. 8-19 at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka.

Healing emerges in New York at 6-year mark of 9/11

NEW YORK CITY (BP)—Six years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, churches in New York City marked the anniversary with remembrance services and continued outreach to those directly affected by the tragedy, but they’re also experiencing a sense of healing, pastors say.

Egyptian twins forced to ‘become’ Muslim

ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP)—An Egyptian court adjourned the Sept. 3 hearing of 13-year-old Coptic twins legally forced to take Islamic education after their estranged father became a Muslim.

Jews harmed by theological error, Sibley says

KESZTHELY, Hungary (BP)—Jim Sibley, head of Criswell College’s Pasche Institute for Jewish Studies, has been elected as the North American coordinator for the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism.

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