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Former Samford president Tom Corts dies

Former Samford University President Thomas Corts died unexpectedly Feb. 4, apparently of an heart attack.

SCHIP passage to add 4 million children to insurance rolls

President Barack Obama signed a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $32 billion, providing coverage to an additional 4 million children in families with incomes too high to receive Medicaid but who cannot afford to buy health insurance.

God using Texas Baptists to draw state to himself, speakers say

God is calling Texas to himself, and Texas Baptists are one of the tools he can use to bring the state closer, according to the featured speaker during the Baptist General Convention of Texas-sponsored Hispanic Evangelism Conference.

Predatory gambling preys on weakness for profit, activist insists

Public revulsion over recent abuses in the financial sector could give new impetus to efforts to outlaw the most pernicious forms of gambling, an anti-gambling activist told the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission’s annual conference.

Appeals court sides with Missouri Baptist conference center

Windermere Baptist Conference Center acted within its legal rights when it changed its articles of incorporation, a Missouri appellate court ruled Feb. 3.

Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller dies

fullerMillard Fuller, a millionaire entrepreneur who gave away his fortune to create Habitat for Humanity International in 1976, died Feb. 3 after a brief illness.

Search for answers creates opportunities to share gospel

engageWhen the things of the world crumble, people search for answers from beyond, creating an opportunity for Christians to share the hope of Christ with them, presenters told participants at Engage, a Baptist General Convention of Texas-sponsored evangelism conference.

Recession forces cutbacks for SBC entities

Several Southern Baptist Convention entities are tightening the belt in response to budget shortfalls in a flagging economy.

Obama picks religious adviser DuBois for faith-based post; questions remain

President Obama has selected a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who served as his top religion adviser during the presidential campaign to head a revamped White House office on faith-based social services.

Anti-torture activists voice approval, concern about executive orders

Religious opponents of torture expressed simultaneous approval and concern about a series of executive orders by President Obama upending his predecessor’s policies on detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.

Interfaith leaders call for quick action on Middle East

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders urged President Obama to act early in his administration to work for peace in the Middle East.

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