First Baptist of Sweetwater Takes on Politics

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSChristianity and PoliticsFirst Baptist of Sweetwater Church Previous articleFlorida Highwaymen Paintings on Display at City HallNext articleHow Did Candlemas Day Become Groundhog Day? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR comreli February 18, 2016 at 12:29 amcenter_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply But at First Baptist Sweetwater, they will take the brave step to merge the two at their three-day Come. Where such information? 1 COMMENT It is a general rule of civilized conversation to steer clear of two topics – politics and religion. But at First Baptist Sweetwater, they will take the brave step to merge the two at their three-day Come. Drink. Live! Conference this weekend.While the speakers that accepted invitations hold conservative views, Pastor Joel Breidenbaugh insists the conference isn’t endorsing candidates.“We’re not telling people who to vote for,” he said. “We are helping to inform them and motivate them to vote their values. We are laying out issues that are biblical and foundational.”Pastor Breidenbaugh has served as senior pastor at First Baptist Sweetwater since October 2008.Among the topics discussed this weekend will be religious liberty, immigration, life vs. choice and marriage.According to Breidenbaugh, Sweetwater puts on themed events every two years, but not always political in nature. In the past the topics were Apologetics, Building Your Family, defending your faith and international missions. He chose a political themed event for 2016, because it is an election year.“We hoped to time it just before the Florida Presidential Primary (which is March 15th).”Among the speakers are attorneys, authors and a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Some are local and others nationally known.Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral concerns and public policy entity of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a frequent cultural commentator, an ethicist and theologian by background, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Moore is author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel.Mat Staver is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and also serves as Vice President of Liberty University, Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. Mat holds Bachelor, Master, and Juris Doctorate degrees and an honorary Doctorate of Laws and a Doctorate of Divinity. His most recent book is Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom. As a former pastor and constitutional attorney, Mat produces and hosts Faith & Freedom, a 15-minute daily radio program and Freedom’s Call, a 90-second daily radio program.  More about Liberty Counsel can be found here.Representative Jennifer Sullivan was born and raised in Central Florida and is the granddaughter of founding First Baptist Sweetwater member, Jane Yeackle.  Sullivan is a member of the Lake County Republican Executive Committee and sits on the Executive Board. With her extensive grassroots involvement and leadership development skills, Jennifer at 23, became the youngest woman elected to the Florida Legislature.  Seven of the eight bills she sponsored during her first legislative session became law, including a law requiring an abortion provider to meet with a woman seeking an abortion for a consultation appointment at least 24 hours prior to her procedureJohn Stemberger is an Orlando attorney who has been an advocate for life, marriage and family for over 30 years. Stemberger became the President of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) in 2004. Since then he led the successful campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, adopted by 61.9% of Florida voters in 2008. In 2009 Stemberger received international media attention for representing Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who fled to Florida after she was threatened to be killed for not renouncing her faith after her conversion from Islam to Christianity was discovered.  More about FFPC can be found here.The conference is on Friday and Saturday from 6:30-8:30 PM and on Sunday from 9:00 AM-Noon. A detailed schedule can be seen here.Sweetwater Baptist Church is at 3800 Wekiva Springs Road. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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2021-06-19

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Etna Green Man Facing Molesting Charges

first_img Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Etna Green Man Facing Molesting Charges WhatsApp Google+ By Times-Union – December 4, 2020 0 293 Previous articleSouth Bend launches program to provide assistance, resource info for small/minority-owned businessesNext articleSample Street closed on South Bend’s west side due to fire Times-Union Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) An Etna Green man is facing child molesting charges after he allegedly was high on drugs and inappropriately touched a young girl.Michael David Bollenbacher, 33, of 130 E. Broadway St., Etna Green, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 4:02 a.m. Thursday and faces a Level 4 felony child molesting charge; and a Level 6 felony neglect of a dependent charge.According to the probable cause affidavit filed Nov. 19 in Kosciusko Superior Court I, on Aug. 19 investigators received a complaint of child molesting that occurred in July.A forensic interview with the child revealed that sometime between late July to early August, Bollenbacher got into bed with the child while she was sleeping in his bed. The child told police that she sleeps in that bed and that Bollenbacher sleeps on the couch.The child told police Bollenbacher began kissing her neck then placed his hand down her pants underneath her underwear.The following morning, according to the affidavit, Bollenbacher apologized to the child, she said, and blamed it on being “messed up.” The child told police that she understood the saying “messed up” as to mean Bollenbacher was using methamphetamine.When police spoke with Bollenbacher, according to court papers, he admitted to getting into the bed with the child and said he may have kissed her touch and touched her stomach and leg. Bollenbacher further told police that he was under the influence of drugs at the time and believed he was in bed with his wife.A drug test administered by the Department of Child Services showed results of methamphetamine, amphetamine and THC in Bollenbacher’s system, according to the affidavit.His bond was set at $20,250, and a no-contact order was put in place.last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Rijeka 2020: International Conference “Branding Culture”

first_imgDistinguished lecturers on the conference program Culture branding: Due to the desire for independent financing of culture and the new character of the audience that wants a more interactive experience, cultural workers should think harder about their identity, ways of communication, the experience they bring to visitors, but also the recognizability of their cultural product. This creates an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation of the cultural sector with representatives of marketing, design, visual arts, creative industries, but also tourist boards, local and regional self-government units. Erik Kessels, designer, photographer, artist, publisher and co-owner of the agency KesselsKramer, which worked on the branding of numerous museums and cultural events (Frans Hals Museum, NEMO Science Museum, Kids Book Week, Dutch Film Festival, Trienalle di Milano), but also cities (I Amsterdam ) and the province (Friesland, the Netherlands),Miguel Rivas, a partner in TASO Group, an organization specializing in city branding,Kai Amberla, director of Finland Festivals, an umbrella organization that brings together prominent music, theater, dance, literary, visual and children’s cultural programs and connects them with the tourism sector, thus representing their interests,Boris Ljubičić, his most important project is the design of Croatian visual identity in various fields, which he designed as an extremely simplified and recognizable national identity that is now associated with Croatia around the world, and for decades won the most important awards for graphic design from Tokyo to New YorkMUZE, an organization from Croatia that helps cities and areas in understanding their heritage and identity, and then in creating attractive tourist destinations, attractions and experiences Conference program It consists of lectures, examples of good practice, workshops and panel discussions where participants will receive guidelines for orientation in thinking about the topic of cultural branding, and includes branding of all expressions and types of cultural activities aimed at creating cultural products, not just branding cultural institutions. Also, the conference will present positive domestic and international examples on the topic of cultural tourism to motivate participants to apply similar ideas in the organizations and communities in which they operate. Three-day conference “Culture branding”, which is organized as part of the project Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, within the program Classroom from February 28 to March 2, 2019. will bring together experts with experience in branding culture such as Erik Kessels, Kai Amberle, Miguel Rivas, Sanna and Bart van Poole, Boris Ljubičić… A brand is not just a logo, but a perception, expectation, memory, recollection, overall emotional experience of a product or service. He is the one who answers questions related to the offer, values, mission, vision and goals and thus combines the entire experience creating a story and visual content that are relevant to customers, audiences and current and future visitors. Link to applications>last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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Dodgers survive as Clayton Kershaw-Jon Lester duel becomes dud

first_img@jeffmillerOCR on TwitterLOS ANGELES >> It began with the ceremonial first pitcher skipping his pitch past the ceremonial first catcher before the poor baseball died of embarrassment at the backstop.Perhaps Mikey Garcia wasn’t the ideal person to be given the honor of opening a game pairing the pitching brilliance of Clayton Kershaw and Jon Lester.Oh, yeah, Garcia is a three-time world champion in boxing. But unfortunately, in baseball, he’s just as much a lightweight. Great and goofy. In beating the Cubs three straight times this weekend, the only Dodgers pitcher to surrender a run was Kershaw, who is generally regarded as only the best in baseball.That’s right. Shocking and amazing and right. While nine other Dodgers pitchers fired only zeroes, Kershaw gave up four runs and three homers and never looked to be himself.“You hear Kershaw-Lester you don’t think a lot of home runs,” Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger said. “It’s the game of baseball. It’s crazy.”Crazy and great. Coming off games in which they both pitched nine innings, Kershaw and Lester failed to combine for that many Sunday, the Dodgers hammering Lester with two early three-run homers.By the time this one ended after nearly 3 1/2 hours, both starters could have been completely forgotten. That is, had they not both produced past performances so memorable.“We got the win, man,” Kershaw said. “Obviously disappointing. But it happens.”In the first two games of this series, the Cubs managed just five singles off five Dodgers pitchers. They had hit .087 in being shut out Friday and Saturday and now had to face Kershaw, against whom opponents were batting .198.So, naturally, Javier Baez hit Kershaw’s first pitch for a single and Kris Bryant hit Kershaw’s second pitch for another single, the Cubs needing less than a minute to threaten more than they had in the previous 48 hours.Both singles came off bats that cracked, but style matters in this game about as much as players wearing their pant legs high.“It’s part of baseball,” Kershaw said of his misfortune. “Sometimes games are going to happen that way.”He managed to escape the mess without giving up a run, slapping his left hand into his glove upon retiring Jason Heyward for the third out, the enthusiasm suggesting Kershaw might have found a spark.Instead, to start the second, Wilson Contreras worked a 12-pitch at-bat that included six foul balls and ended with a homer, the Cubs’ first run since arriving in Southern California on Thursday night.“The game didn’t gain any momentum,” Roberts said, speaking specifically of Kershaw. “He had a stressful first inning. It manifested itself.”The Cubs had two hits in the first. And in the second. And in the third, too.In the fourth, they had three hits, two of which were homers, a Dodgers 6-1 lead instantly reduced to 6-4.The results were so stunning that the crowd, without any external prompting, began the most organic of “Let’s go, Dodgers” chants, attempting to impose their encouragement on Kershaw.By the end of that fourth inning, he had thrown 99 pitches, only eight fewer than he needed to no-hit Colorado three years ago.“It was one of those games where I was counting outs,” Roberts said. “It was just getting kind of haywire there.”Entering the fifth, with the Dodgers still leading by two, Kershaw had the bottom third of the Cubs order standing between him and the minimum innings needed to qualify for the victory.After Addison Russell led off with a single, Albert Almora Jr. ripped an infield hit off Kershaw’s leg, the ball spinning helpless toward third base.After a sacrifice bunt, Roberts emerged from the dugout, marking the end of Kershaw’s bid to become the National League’s first eight-game winner.“Everybody has those days,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “It’s baseball. It’s a hard game.”It sure looked hard Sunday – even as the Dodgers were winning – from the ceremonial beginning all the way to the unceremonious end. With the tone set at comical Sunday, the first actual pitcher to produce a 1-2-3 inning was Josh Fields, the Dodgers reliever who finally retired the Cubs in order in the sixth.Up until that point, Kershaw and Lester had huffed and puffed to the point where this anticipated duel became a dud, a pair of opening-day aces simply discarded.In the end, the Dodgers won, 9-4, to sweep the defending World Series champions and conclude a 10-game homestand at 8-2.But this game will be remembered for the very unusual way the Dodgers reached a third straight victory over Chicago, unusual defined around here by the fact Kershaw, given a five-run lead, couldn’t survive even five innings.“You see Lester and Kershaw on the mound you don’t expect the runs that were produced today,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s why we play. That’s what makes this game great.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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2020-08-26

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An architecturally impressive detached house in Letterkenny on the market for €595,000

first_imgA very impressive architecturally designed split level detached residence is on the housing market in Donegal for €595,000Very intelligently designed to reflect the contours of the site with most of the bedroom accommodation at the garden and first-floor level whilst living accommodation is at ground floor level with access from a paved external parking area enjoying commanding views over the Golf Course, River Swilly and countryside in the distance. Located within 10 minutes walk of Letterkenny s 18 Hole Golf Course with modern clubhouse facilities including Brown s Restaurant offering both informal bar food and formal dining to a very high standard. Alcorn s Garden Centre with Thyme Out Restaurant is within 10/15 minutes walk and for those last-minute forgotten essentials Charlie s Container Shop, with Honesty box, is also situated nearby.The Silver Tassie Hotel is located within a short drive whilst the extensive shopping and leisure facilities available in Letterkenny including Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Marks and Spencer, Menary s, TK Maxx, Aura Leisure Centre etc. are also located within a short drive.Woodlands National School, Educate Together and Ballyraine National School are also situated within the immediate surrounding area.This superior residence is ideally located to enjoy the extensive natural amenities available within easy driving distance including golden sandy beaches at Rathmullan, Ballymastocker / Portsalon in the Fanad Peninsula and Downings / Rosapenna in the Rosguill Peninsula, both peninsulas being located on the renowned Wild Atlantic Way.Check out the full listing by Sherry Fitzgerald/Rainey and see some photos of the property below. An architecturally impressive detached house in Letterkenny on the market for €595,000 was last modified: June 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2019-12-21

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Scientocracy Is Coming

first_imgThe scientocracy C. S. Lewis feared is seriously being considered by left-leaning, abortion-promoting scientism communities.“Time for science to seize political power” blazes a headline on New Scientist by Michael Brooks.In your wildest dreams, could you imagine a government that builds its policies on carefully gathered scientific evidence? One that publishes the rationale behind its decisions, complete with data, analysis and supporting arguments? Well, dream no longer: that’s where the UK is heading.But why would they need to “seize” political power instead of use the methods of democracy?  Brooks used the either-or and loaded-words tactics of portraying anything but scientocracy as “hunch-based politics,” failing to define evidence in “scientific evidence,” a philosophically vexed notion.  His description of science fits the classic definition of scientism: the belief that the scientific method is the only sure pathway to truth.If a scientific government sounds appealing, it will not grant equal rights for all. The scientific community is largely controlled by leftists who abhor conservatives and embrace Darwinism, with its principle of survival of the fittest.  They also embrace liberal causes like unfettered abortion.  Look how leading science news outlets portrayed the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized it:Live Science: “40 Years After Roe vs. Wade, Most Don’t Want Abortion Decision Overturned.”Science Daily:  “Abortions Are Safe When Performed by Nurses Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse Midwives, Study Suggests” [safe for whom?]Science Daily: “more young people — all of whom were born at least 20 years after the decision — identify as “pro-choice” rather than “pro-life”The last article provided some balance, saying that the results may obscure a deeper divide on the issue, and that young people don’t consider the potential of overturning Roe v. Wade as important as some other issues, like war or terrorism.  Still, Live Science employed typical leftist talking points, such as describing Roe v. Wade as the decision that “protected a woman’s right to have an abortion.”  They were not so concerned about the right to life for the unborn, or the millions of aborted babies since 1973 who never had a chance to experience their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Consequently, advocates of scientocracy may have less concern than conservatives about the lives of other humans: the elderly, the mentally ill, the disabled.   Ironically, they will promote the rights of criminals to escape punishment on the grounds that evolution made them do what they do.  Meanwhile, their idealistic schemes of protecting the planet will undoubtedly severely weaken individual rights and national economies.C. S. Lewis respected science, but he deeply feared a scientocracy: scientists aggrandizing themselves with their presumptive authority to grasp political power.  He portrayed the potential consequences in his dystopic novel, That Hideous Strength, based on real ideologies and developments underway around World War II.  Those developments have not slept in the interim.Update 1/22/2013: On the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, another pro-abortion “scientific” article biased against pro-lifers appeared on Medical Xpress.Update 1/23/2013: New Scientist’s editors inserted scientism into gun control.  “It is time for the scientific evidence to trump ideology,” the article began, continuing the false dichotomy that science offers “evidence-based” guidance, while gun rights advocates are motivated by money and greed without evidence.  The article assumes from the beginning that governmental control is the solution.  PhysOrg played games with statistics, advocating political policy on a website presumably concerned with science.Read The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism and Society so that you can be forewarned of what is coming and know how to stand up against it before it’s too late.  Another possible outcome, though, since scientists tend to take the liberal line of appeasing terrorists rather than fighting them, is that the members of the scientocracy will all be beheaded, leaving their weakened countries to suffer under rule of Islamic tyrants.  Pick your poison. (Visited 3,460 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Standard lights up Tanzanian homes

first_img21 December 2010South Africa’s Standard Bank Group is to help replace kerosene lamps with hand-held LED lights in 1.5-million homes in Tanzania, funding the scheme by buying the carbon credits generated through the large-scale replacement of fossil fuel lighting.The project is the latest of Standard Bank’s “green” initiatives in East Africa, particularly in Uganda and Kenya. The projects are positioning the group as a leader in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) initiatives in Africa – which currently account for only 3% of all CDM initiatives globally.“We’ve been working very hard during the past two years to bring the projects to fruition – and the Tanzania LED light initiative is the first of several that will get off the ground in 2011,” Fenella Auoane of Standard Bank Group’s London-based carbon trading division said in a statement last week.ILLUMI Nation Tanzania, which owns the LED project, estimates that it will save households with an average annual income of only US$150 nearly a third of that income. The total national saving will be around $200-million.Tanzania’s greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by around 800 000 tonnes, while helping to reduce health problems in Tanzania resulting from burn injuries and the inhalation of kerosene gas.Carbon credits tradingIn terms of the Kyoto Protocol, such initiatives are registered for the allocation of carbon credits with the Clean Development Mechanism executive board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).By trading these credits in a market worth $180-billion globally, industrialised countries are able to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. This, in turn, enables industrialised nations to sponsor a net global reduction in carbon emissions at a lower overall economic cost for themselves.In addition to leading the use of carbon credits on the continent, Standard Bank is also pioneering the UNFCCC’s use of provisions for the “programmatic” Clean Development Mechanism.In this approach, the UN approves a programme of activities that is then audited for carbon credits, rather than approving each individual installation. This new mechanism is particularly suited to Africa, given that many sustainable development project opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa comprise the mass application of “micro” technologies.“We believe that it’s possible to make a profound contribution to the physical and economic health and well-being of individual nations and the world at large by applying sophisticated financial instruments to the needs of grass roots populations,” Aouane said.“The fact that we’re on the ground in Africa positions us ideally to combine local insight with our global capability in carbon trading in order to tailor answers and funding that very accurately meet the need for sustainable development on the continent.”African Carbon Asset DevelopmentThe ILLUMI Nation project is only the second one in Tanzania since 2007 to be based on carbon trading. Standard Bank Group is also involved in a solar water heating project for low cost housing in South Africa.Standard Bank Group, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the German government have also launched the Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) facility – a public-private partnership between UNEP and African banks that aims to stimulate the growth of Africa’s carbon market through investor outreach and seed capital.ACAD’s focus is on using carbon trading to provide wide-ranging economic, environmental and social benefits to Africa – including new revenue streams, access to energy, job creation and technology transfer – by deploying local, market specific solutions and partnerships.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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2019-12-18

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9 months agoMan City star Bernardo Silva: Boly has apologised to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City star Bernardo Silva: Boly has apologised to meby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Bernardo Silva says Wolves defender Willy Boly apologised after his red card tackle during last night’s 3-0 win.Boly was shown a 19th minute red card for a lunge on the Portuguese.Speaking after the game, Silva, who has shone in the centre of midfield this term, revealed: “It was quite a bad tackle but I’m fine.“Yes, he did apologise at the end of the game. These things happen.“You don’t do it on purpose, I think, and he said that. Everything is fine, it’s football.”Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said he had no problem with red card: “It was very close to me and I think it’s a clear red card.” last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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Donny Parenteau hopes third times the charm at Junos

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Juno Awards and Canada’s biggest names in music are arriving in Saskatchewan this weekend.We went north to talk to the only Aboriginal nominee from the province.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story from Prince Albert, Sask.last_img

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2019-10-14

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2019-08-07

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