Florida Democratic leader won’t seek re-election after party’s widespread losses in 2020

“After much thought and with mixed emotions, I will not run for re-election as Chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party,” Rizzo wrote in the letter, adding that she remains committed to the party’s mission and that while results weren’t always reflected at the ballot box, she believes she and her team laid the groundwork necessary for the party’s long-term success. ... Read More

Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis, left, stand with Kimberly Guilfoyle, an official of President Trump’s campaign, as they watch Trump speak at rally at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Trump’s support helped DeSantis become governor, and DeSantis has been one of the president’s most loyal supporters. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ... Read More

Southern Baptists Keep Quarreling Over Critical Race Theory

Even among Christians who agree Scripture comes first, there’s a debate over whether to learn from or reject secular theories that see racism as structural. A year and a half after passing a controversial resolution on critical race theory, Southern Baptists are debating the topic again. Seminary presidents issued a statement last week saying that “affirmation of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and any version of Critical Theory” is incompatible with the Baptist Faith... Read More

Christian Political Exile Persists No Matter the President

The Trump era was not a new Babylon, and the Biden era will be no new Jerusalem. (And vice versa.) Nearly 600 years before the birth of Christ, the city of Jerusalem was besieged, conquered, and razed by the Babylonian empire. The victorious invaders captured the king, destroyed the temple, and took thousands of Israelites into exile in Babylon. Christians have long looked to stories and prophecies from the Exile era for guidance in how to live as “foreigners and exiles” (1 Pet.... Read More

Thomas Jefferson Tried to ‘Fix’ the Bible. He Only Succeeded in Making It Sad.

The third president’s attempts to revise Scripture offer a warning about our own tendency to “edit” the truth. I first heard of Thomas Jefferson’s Bible as a warning. I was a teenager in a Bible study, and one of the pastors of the church brought up the third American president and his effort to “fix” the Scripture. Jefferson—who wrote the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and are “endowed by... Read More

Listening to Podcasts Makes Us Better Preachers

How the popular audio genre can help pastors fine-tune sermon preparation and delivery. Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend may seem like odd preparation for preaching. But I’ve found the podcast to be a helpful elixir as I get out of the world of sermons, commentaries, books, and conferences to think about engaging with people on Sunday. In his conversations with other comedians, Conan gets into the pathos behind entertainers’ acts and the hard work it takes to produce a simple... Read More

Explore BCPS Magnet Programs During Virtual Open House Events 2021/22 School Choice Application Window Now Open

Thursday, December 3, 2020Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend virtual open house events for elementary, middle and high school magnet programs offered across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). ... Read More