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Latest Articles by JAMES A. SMITH SR.
Jun 19, 2013
As this issue will be my last as executive editor of Florida Baptist Witness, this is my final editorial. Although I’m not at all confused about the relative merits of my parting words to Florida Baptists in this forum, I have given nevertheless significant thought to what my final editorial may say.
Jun 5, 2013
In January 1998 I received a letter that left an indelible impression upon me—even though the note wasn’t even addressed to me.
May 22, 2013
Far more spiritually mature and thoughtful persons than I have wrestled with the mystery of the relationship of God’s providence to man’s choices. Unable to fully comprehend the depth and workings of these parallel truths, we nevertheless understand Scripture to teach that God governs in the affairs of man even while man is responsible for his free choices.
May 8, 2013
Sometimes, fiction is all too close to fact.

Prompted by the motion picture release late last year, I recently began reading Les Misérables, Victor Hugo’s inestimable historical novel about the tumultuous early decades of 19th century France. Hugo’s complex, lengthy story has many plots and subplots centered on the themes of law and grace, personified by the characters policeman Javert and convict Jean Valjean.
May 8, 2013
TALLAHASSE (FBW)—From the perspective of a longtime pro-family leader in Tallahassee, the 2013 legislative session was a mixed result—“signs of hope amidst disappointment.”
Apr 24, 2013
OVIEDO (FBW)—“There’s nothing wrong with America that a good, old-fashioned revival wouldn’t fix,” Southern Baptist leader Richard Land told “The Awakening” conference April 19 at First Baptist Church in Oviedo.

As part of the two-day conference, Liberty Counsel and Freedom Federation honored Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Apr 19, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – As the Florida Legislature approaches the last two weeks of its annual session, three pro-life bills approved by the House face uncertainty in the Senate.
Apr 18, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – On largely party-line votes, the Florida House of Representatives passed today two bills backed by pro-life members after contentious debates that drew a gentle rebuke by Speaker Will Weatherford.
Apr 17, 2013
TALLAHASSE (FBW) – A bill that requires medical attention for babies that are born alive after an abortion unanimously passed the Florida House of Representatives today.
Apr 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The postal address of Connections Fellowship places the congregation in Tallahassee, but the poor community it serves might as well as be light years from the state capital.

In order to reach impoverished people—more than 90 percent of school age children in the western section of Leon County qualify for government-subsidized meals—Pastor Michael Murray has moved into the community to start the church, which began in January.
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