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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.
       

Wayland researchers team up to provide pure water for Third World

Wayland Baptist University’s School of Math & Sciences is joining forces with the School of Business and Wayland’s Missions Center to put lab work into practical use—providing pure water to people in developing nations.
       

Bill to permit guns in churches revived in wake of pastor's shooting

An Arkansas lawmaker says she will reintroduce a bill to allow concealed weapons in churches after a deadly Illinois church shooting March 8.
       

Budget reflects major shift in poverty policy

President Obama’s first proposed budget signals a dramatic shift in prioritizing domestic poverty, centrist and liberal Christian leaders said.
       

Court to consider case involving cross on federal land

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could lead to the first major church-state decision under the panel’s current makeup.
       

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