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Wayland Baptist University will hold its spring preview event March 27-28. “Big Weekend” offers high school juniors and seniors and prospective transfer students an opportunity to see how the campus works.
       

On the Move

Darrel Auvenshine has resigned as minister of worship and missions at Alsbury Church in Burleson to pursue full-time missions work.
       

Baptist Briefs: Leonard stepping down at Wake Forest

Leonard to step down as Wake Forest dean. Bill Leonard, the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, is stepping down next year, school officials announced.
       

BWA leaders cut spending, make bylaws revisions

Members of the Baptist World Alliance’s executive committee heard a sobering financial report detailing investment losses over the last year, agreed to slash the group’s budget, gave initial approval to organizational changes and met BWA’s new director for freedom and justice during their annual meeting.
       

'C' is for cookie—and chaplaincy

In an effort dubbed Operation Appreciation, Christians in Longview are buying Girl Scout Cookies to send to more than 115 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
       

DBU women’s teams bring joy to orphans in Peru

Twenty-eight DBU athletes participated in a spring break mission trip to Peru with Buckner International.
       

East Texas church finds mission field in its own backyard

Members of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Harleton plan to visit each of the 465 homes within three miles of its sanctuary and determine whether each family is connected with a church.
       

Appeals court upholds Texas moment of silence statute

A federal appeals court upheld a Texas law that requires public school students to observe a daily minute of silence following the Pledge of Allegiance.
       

Christians urged to speak from pain, focus on calling

All Christians have an eloquent story to tell, if they draw from hurts and experiences of healing, speakers at the 88th annual Panhandle Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference at Wayland Baptist University said.
       

Presidential prayer effort proves to be bipartisan

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Presidential Prayer Team has lost some members but gained more in its transition to praying for new president Barack Obama.
       

Student ministries serve state, Baptist schools, but not in same way

Baptist Student Ministries serve a different role in the lives of students at Baptist universities than at state schools—and somewhat different than what alumni may recall from their long-ago Baptist Student Union days. But different doesn’t mean less important, collegiate ministry leaders insist.
       

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