September 9, 2004 Print Edition

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HURRICANE FRANCES ENGULFS SUNSHINE STATE

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—While Hurricane Frances slowly crossed the Florida peninsula Sept. 5, dumping water, uprooting trees and tearing up rooftops, Florida Baptists made preliminary assessments about how this second storm in less than a month will likely affect millions of Florida residents.

Supreme Court hears Schiavo v. Bush

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—In a case pro-life advocates say may decide the future of euthanasia in the United States, Florida Supreme Court justices heard arguments Sept. 1 over the constitutionality of “Terri’s Law”—a measure opposed by Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael, who filed suit against the governor last October.

Maguire State Mission Offering: The challenge of the cities

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—More than half of Florida’s 16 million residents live in the state’s seven metro areas challenging Florida Baptists to reach beyond their traditional rural roots. Gated subdivisions, transitional neighborhoods and low-income communities dictate that Florida Baptists enlist creative methods to share the gospel with urban dwellers of extreme economical means.

St. Augustine couple faces calm before the storm

ST. AUGUSTINE (FBW)—While Hurricane Frances tore up the shoreline and forced sand up on the streets at St. Augustine Beach, a few blocks inland John “Jack” and Edry Pearson rode out Hurricane Frances in their modest two-bedroom brick home in St. Augustine.

Steeple crashes through Cocoa Beach church

MELBOURNE (FBC)—While most people evacuated the barrier island, Cocoa Beach resident Dave Guise decided to ride out Hurricane Frances’ onslaught of wind inside First Baptist Church of Cocoa Beach, thinking he could help protect the structure in the event of fire or other danger, the church member said.

Frances forces evacuation of retirement center

VERO BEACH (FBW) – Calling it a “life-changing experience,” leaders of Florida Baptist Retirement Center said more than 50 residents were evacuated from the Vero Beach facility Friday, Sept. 3, in order to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Frances, the Category 2 storm that pounded virtually the entire Sunshine State over the weekend. After spending two days in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, the residents were returned to the center on Monday, Sept. 6.

Point of View

As I am writing this, Hurricane Frances is breathing down the coastline of Florida. We do not know where it will hit landfall or the extent of the damage it will cause to our home state.

Point of View

God did his most deadly work to destroy hopelessness and futility and provincial cowardice. He gave up his Son to torture and death. A perfect life, a perfect death, and the decisive work was done.

Point of View

Peter Singer holds himself out as an ethicist, but he does not teach the kind of ethics I recognize.

Point of View

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP)—Yes, there is a discernible trend in legalization of same-sex unions, but it is far different than one of inevitable acceptance loudly trumpeted by activists and their willing accomplices in the media.

Bunkley loses narrowly; legal challenge considered

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—In one of the most closely contested primary races in the state, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley lost his bid to represent District 47 in the Florida House of Representatives by 131 votes to incumbent Kevin Ambler. The Bunkley-Ambler contest drew more than 9,200 votes in the Aug. 31 Republican primary.

SBC president Bobby Welch seeks souls wherever he rolls

DOSWELL, Va. (BP)—Just before midnight, the bus carrying Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch and his support team pulled into a truck stop north of Richmond, Va., for some hamburgers. Welch, on a national tour to bolster evangelism in SBC churches, let the rest of the group go ahead while he sensed a moment to share the Gospel.

BCF Missions Conference set for September 27-29

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The annual Missions Conference will be held at The Baptist College of Florida Sept. 27-29 on the college’s Graceville campus. The event, scheduled for 10-11 a.m. each day in the Assembly Center, is an annual call to missions at home and around the world for BCF students and the surrounding community to find out how everyone can be more involved in participating and supporting mission work.

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