December 23, 2010 Print Edition

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Convention staffers Seagle, Dukes announce retirement

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Two Florida Baptist Convention staff members, Cecil Seagle and Jimmy Dukes, have announced their plans to retire within the next six months.

Seagle, director of the Convention’s Missions Division, has served the Convention in two separate stints totaling 21 years and will retire June 30, 2011. His six months notice of retirement is required of staff serving on the division director level.

Uth urges Florida Baptists to participate in solemn assembly

ORLANDO (FBW) – A Southern Baptist Convention-wide “Call to Solemn Assembly” in January has the enthusiastic support of Florida Baptist State Convention president David Uth, who is urging Florida Baptists to participate in the focused effort on prayer, repentance and revival.

Baptist theologian Roger Nicole, 95, dies

ORLANDO (BP)—Renowned Baptist theologian Roger Nicole, a leading light on the doctrines of inerrancy and Christ's atonement, died Dec. 11, 2010, a day after his 95th birthday.

A founding member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nicole brought charges in 2001 against ETS members Clark Pinnock and John Sanders for their advocacy of “open theism,” the idea that God cannot know the future because some human decisions have not yet been made and thus do not exist to be known.

DR volunteers return from Haiti due to unrest and violence

PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)—After facing three days of escalating civil unrest and a continuing cholera outbreak in Haiti, Florida and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers fled the troubled country Dec. 10.

Colson, Bunkley to speak at prayer breakfast for Scott inauguration

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) -- Evangelical leader Charles Colson will be the keynote speaker at a Jan. 4 prayer breakfast, one of the events being held for the inauguration of Gov.-elect Rick Scott, News Service of Florida reported Dec. 16.

Camel falls into pews, puts church in spotlight

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP)--A YouTube video showing a Christmas pageant camel falling sideways into church pews has put a Baptist congregation in the national spotlight -- and given church leaders an unexpected media opportunity to discuss spiritual matters.

Americans celebrate Christmas, yet many stray from religious meaning

NASHVILLE (LifeWay) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s not just Christians turning December into a festive month of themed décor, gift giving and mailboxes packed with greeting cards.

Former Convention staff member Glenn Pollock dies

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Glenn J. Pollock, who served as North Florida Regional director for the African American-Ministries Division from 2005-2007, died Dec. 7. He was 48.

Editorial: And a cranky ‘Merry Christmas’ to you!

If it’s Christmastime it must be time to debate the use of the word “Christmas” in advertisements, public displays, and celebrations. The political correctness police are on duty making their annual rounds to be certain the wide diversity of America’s religious and irreligious views are represented during the holidays – as long as those views aren’t Christian.

Christmas is prime time for church invitations

NASHVILLE (LifeWay) – A study conducted by LifeWay Research found that 91 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, including a majority of atheists, individuals claiming other religions, and agnostics or those with no religious preference.

Florida churches embrace—or buck—Christmas traditions

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Some Florida Baptist churches follow their cherished traditions in celebrating Christmas, while others choose to buck tradition to offer the unexpected. Christmas music at Deermeadows Baptist Church in Jackson­ville is performed amid stained glass and evergreens, but Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parrish elected to re-enact the Nativity with Old West hoedowns and campfires.

Deermeadows Baptist Church’s Carols by Candlelight, in its 19th year, has become a tradition in its south Jacksonville community. The 2010 version, titled “The Word Became Flesh,” was performed Dec. 5-6, and featured Christmas carols and new compositions, secular selections, and pageantry.

Point of View: Sunshine & clouds— Reflections on 30 years of marriage

There are clouds everywhere—and yet, the sun shines through for those who are looking.

We are sitting in one of the most beautiful places in the world—and yet the days have been filled with uncertainty, cancellations, and disappointments—all because of sudden changes in the weather.

Point of View: To leak or not to leak: An ethical dilemma

When I read about the recent leak of more than 250,000 State Department documents, my thoughts went back nearly forty years. In 1973, I went to prison for leaking government documents—in that case, an FBI file on Daniel Ellsberg, the man who himself leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.

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.

After shooting: Husfelt, school board thank and praise God

PANAMA CITY (News Herald)—And on Sunday, the fifth day after a crazed gunman opened fire on them, Superintendent Bill Husfelt and members of the Bay District School Board went to church and thanked God for sparing their lives.

Husfelt and board members Steve Moss, Joe Wayne Walker, Jerry Register and Chairman Ryan Neves are not the sort of people who believe in happy accidents or coincidences or that bullets fired at close range will miss seven targets. No, when something like this happens it is evidence of the very hand of God, they said.

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