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Groups oppose rules limiting books in prison chapels

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is among several religious and civil-liberties groups objecting to proposed rules giving federal prisons more leeway to ban religious books that officials believe could incite violence or criminal behavior.
       

Evangelical groups protest religion law in Kyrgyz Republic

Evangelical leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic are protesting a new religion law they say significantly restricts religious freedom in the officially secular country.
       

Church gathers for worship week after pastor slain

One of a select fraternity of pastors who has experienced a church shooting consoled and challenged an Illinois Baptist congregation one week after its popular pastor was fatally shot while preaching his Sunday sermon.
       

Widow of slain pastor says she isn't angry at accused killer

The widow of slain Baptist pastor Fred Winters says she harbors no anger toward her husband's alleged murderer.
       

Slain Baptist pastor hailed as hero, martyr

A fellow pastor and former church member hailed slain Baptist preacher Fred Winters as a "hero and a martyr" at a memorial service at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Ill., March 13.
       

Students find meaning in spiritual disciplines of Lent

lentLike a growing number of Christians from outside liturgical traditions, students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are discovering Lent—and finding the 40-day observance beneficial for their spiritual growth.
       

Waco senior adults take books to the border

Senior adults at Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco donated funds for literacy book fairs that will help families along the Rio Grande.
       

Wedgwood pastor to preach Sunday at grieving Illinois church

One week after its senior pastor was shot and killed while delivering a sermon, an Illinois church will welcome as its guest preacher March 15 one of the few pastors with a similar experience--Al Meredith of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
       

Martial-arts seminar at Baptist school leads kung-fu master to Christ

Taiwanese kung-fu master Liu Chang found Christ while leading a seminar at Virginia Baptist-affiliated Bluefield College.
       

Tribal land issues top push for Texas gambling expansion

casinosIn this legislative session, the push for the expansion of gambling in Texas centers on American Indian tribal and historic land claims and the implications of allowing select Native American groups to build casinos.
       

Obama ends restrictions on embryonic stem-cell study

With a March 9 executive order, President Obama made official what many scientists had long anticipated—and many religious conservatives had long feared—lifting his predecessor’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.
       

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