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Fla. city official’s threat called ‘war on Jesus’

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (BP, TAB) — South Florida’s Common Ground Church, Lake Worth, has received notice from local officials that it must obtain a business license or shut down, even though federal and local laws exempt churches from obtaining such … Continue reading

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Triple-murder suspect captured in Florida as Baptist church mourns

BRADENTON, Fla. (BNG, TAB) — An estimated 350 people attended worship Dec. 7 at Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Fla., to pay respects to 31-year-old Pastor Tripp Battle, who died at the church Dec. 4 in what police believe is … Continue reading

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Former Alabama Baptist student minister killed in triple homicide

BIRMINGHAM (TAB, BNG) — A former student minister in Alabama, Pastor James “Tripp” Battle III, who was serving at Bayshore Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla., was fatally shot Dec. 4 at the church in a triple homicide. Battle previously served for two years … Continue reading

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Florida Baptist church votes ‘no’ to medical marijuana

LAKE WALES, Fla. (ABP, TAB) — A Southern Baptist church in central Florida recently rejected an offer to lease a vacant parcel of land. Sounds insignificant enough. But not for a medical marijuana facility that wanted to use the land. … Continue reading

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Pastor treads lightly on Zimmerman trial

SANFORD, Fla. (ABP) — The day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the second-degree murder of Sanford, Fla., teenager Trayvon Martin, a local pastor’s sermon series on the Ten Commandments landed on the Sixth Commandment, “thou shalt not … Continue reading

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Breaking News — UMC votes to uphold statement that gay relationships are ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’

United Methodists meeting in Tampa voted to uphold their statement that gay relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching,” and they’re scheduled to take up the dilemma of same-sex blessings today as they wrap things up. Two “agree to disagree” proposals … Continue reading

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