Supreme Court gets technical in arguments on Mojave cross

Although the case of a lonely cross on federal land in California’s Mojave Desert ultimately could have wide-ranging implications for the separation of church and state, justices on the Supreme Court spent much of the Oct. 7 oral arguments asking attorneys about highly technical and procedural issues.

White House concerned about spreading flu in churches

The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu.

Former 'Baptist Hour' preacher Charles Wellborn dies

Former "Baptist Hour" radio preacher and Baylor University professor Charles Wellborn died Oct. 1 at his home in Georgetown, Ky.

Houston pastor to be nominated for BGCT 2nd vice president

ogletreeJohn Ogletree, founding pastor of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston and former chairman of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, will allow his nomination for BGCT second vice president.

Texas Baptist Men sending relief team to the Philippines

Texas Baptist Men will deploy 10 men to the Philippines Oct. 7 to spend 10 days helping with relief work and teaching local people how to clean up the area in the aftermath of the flooding and landslides that took place in the last week.

Wayland pair make discovery in cancer research

Early findings indicate a pair of Wayland Baptist University summer researchers may have isolated an herbal compound that appears to kill cancer cells.

Critics question Obama’s commitment to international religious freedom

dalai lamaPresident Obama will not meet with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan monk's visit to the United States this week, breaking a precedent that dates to President George H.W. Bush in 1991. The perceived snub has angered human rights advocates.


Court turns away attempt to force ‘Choose Life’ plates on Illinois

On the opening day of their 2009-2010 term Oct. 5, the justices of the Supreme Court turned away an anti-abortion group’s attempt to force Illinois to offer special license plates that support the pro-life cause.

Around the State

Wayne Shuffield, director of the Evangelism/Missions Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will speak on “Go, Speak and Deliver Hope” for Texas 2010 at the 9th annual Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity, Oct. 9-10, at Camp Buckner Hill Country Retreat near Burnet.

On the Move

Jack Bodenhamer has resigned as minister of youth/education at Trinity Church in Sweetwater.

Study says SBC funding plan inadequate to achieve stated goals

The Southern Baptist Convention has identified a missionary-sending goal big enough to accomplish the nearly 2,000-year-old task of the Great Commission -- but lacks a clear fund-raising plan for meeting it, according to an upcoming annual report on Christian stewardship.
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