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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.
       

Novelist Rice claims she’s committed to Christ but leaving Christianity

Former vampire novelist Anne Rice says she’s leaving Christianity again because she no longer wants to be identified with such a “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”
       

Houston VBS teaches Haitian orphans, ‘Jesus loves you’


Westbury Baptist Church in Houston used its Vacation Bible School this year to partner with Baptist Global Response, the Southern Baptist international relief and development organization, in a project to raise funds and assemble about 100 school-supply kits.
       

Ground Zero controversy part of rise in anti-Islamic sentiment, experts say

The most recent prominent spat in the United States over building a new Islamic facility -- the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in New York -- is indicative of a broader movement that is becoming increasingly suspicious of accommodating Islam as any other faith would be under the First Amendment, according to religious-liberty experts.
       
 
 
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