September 4, 2003 Print Edition

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SMO enables God’s work to ‘flourish’ in Cuba

HAVANA, CUBA (FBC)—Florida Baptists have spiritually journeyed with Baptists in Cuba through the ministry of an ongoing partnership since 1997.

U.S. cities: More Muslims than Christians by 2020

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–Islam is rising in America, not because of its strength, but because of the retreat of the church; and if the religion founded by Muhammad 1,400 years ago continues to grow at its current rate, there will be more Muslims than Christians in every major U.S. city by 2020.

Ten Commandments monument removed from Alabama Judicial Building rotunda

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)–The Ten Commandments monument, which sat in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building for more than two years, was moved out of public view Aug. 27.

Safety concerns divert workers from Iraq to Jordan

GAINESVILLE (FBW)–Volunteer workers from Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville were asked to help deliver food to the Iraqi people, but instead of traveling to Iraq, they were scheduled to travel to Jordan Sept. 2, where a half-million Iraqi refugees are in urgent need of supplies.


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Thirty years ago today, I visited Tom Phillips, president of the Raytheon Company, at his home outside of Boston. I had represented Raytheon before going to the White House, and I was about to start again.

Teachers’ careers total 134 years . . . and counting

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Two Florida Sunday school teachers, in their combined 134 years of teaching Sunday School, have touched countless lives through their Bible teaching. Violet Walton of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola and Bertha Ricks of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville were honored recently by their churches for their faithfulness to their calling as teachers.

Fla. Baptists ‘Celebrating Heritage and Hope’ in 2004

ORANGE PARK (FBC)—Nearly 150 years ago, "delegates" (now referred to as "messengers") from 13 churches gathered in a Madison home to discuss how Baptists could work together to do missions and ministry more effectively. It was an historic event as God’s people in faith laid foundations to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ within the young, pioneer state called Florida.

Gaspar de Cardenas: Home for aging workers

HAVANA, CUBA (FBC)—A faint breeze rustles a line of palm trees. Their branches sway in a gentle motion, outlined against the muted colors of a Caribbean sunset.

Students devote summer to missions around the world

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—While other college students spend their summers working a second job or soaking up sun at the beach, each year a growing number of Florida Baptist students dedicate summer vacations to carry the message of Christ throughout the United States and across the world.

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