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Washington in a war of words over how to label terrorists

In addition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration is fighting on another front—a domestic war of words over how to describe the threat posed by militant Islamic terrorism.
       

BGCT eliminates 13 staff positions, reduces some to part-time

Six Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board employees are losing their jobs, seven unfilled posts are being eliminated and a dozen positions are being reduced from full-time to part-time due to the state convention’s current financial situation and the 2011 forecast.
       

Band bridges generation gap with a unique mix of musical styles


With their mix of Southern Gospel, country, bluegrass, traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs, Jason Baird and Justin Rivers—better known as the Dove Award-winning duo Austins Bridge—seek to bridge generations and connect people to Christ.Video Included
       

Christian aid group wants to stay in Afghanistan despite killings

The International Assistance Mission has rejected Taliban claims that 10 staffers from the Christian aid agency who were killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
       

Uzbekistan cracks down on unregistered Baptists

Authorities in Uzbekistan continue to repress worship in unregistered churches, according to a new report by an international news service that monitors religious freedom.
       

Focus on the Family announces more than 100 job cuts

Focus on the Family has announced 110 job cuts in the latest round of layoffs that the Colorado ministry attributes to the departure of founder James Dobson and the reduced financial support from donors.
       

Preacher's alter-ego a superhero wrestler in 'The Masked Saint'

Chris Whaley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Longwood, Fla., wrestled professionally from 1978 until 1988 as "The Saint." Whaley drew from experiences both in the ministry and the ring to create a fictional superhero in The Masked Saint, published by Tate Publishing.
       

BWA leaders focus on diversity, justice, development

The BWA’s first global congress since its 2005 centennial and last year’s 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Baptist movement revealed an ever-more-diverse global fellowship poised to tackle injustice and poverty.
       

Baptists react to marriage ruling; religious freedom not impacted

A federal judge’s Aug. 4 ruling declaring unconstitutional a California ban on same-sex marriage is either disastrous or a monumental step forward, depending on which Baptist leader you ask. But, according to church-state experts, it doesn’t directly affect religious liberty.
       

Texans ford the fjords on Sweden mission trip

A five-person team from Cowboy Church of Mineral Wells and Cowboy Gatherin’ in Bunger, participated in a mission trip to Sweden, where they rode, roped and wrangled, all in the name of God’s kingdom.
       

Tour opens students’ eyes to hunger needs in Texas

When five students signed up for a road trip across Texas, they had no idea they’d be beheading roosters on a Waco farm or standing in as last-minute chefs for an absent kitchen crew before a crowd of hungry people.
       
 
 
 
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