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Gaza Baptist Church damaged in air strike

An Israeli air strike at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip seriously damaged Gaza Baptist Church on New Year's Day.  The Israeli offensive was launched Dec. 27 after a week in which more than 200 rockets struck southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Faith anchors Tech student who wins contest, gains spot on football team

williamsWhen 21-year-old Matt Williams transferred to Texas Tech University last August, he was just excited about making new friends and getting involved at First Baptist Church. But after winning a Lynnwood Townhomes kick-for-rent contest at the Tech football game against Massachusetts on Sept. 20, Williams’ life changed, and he gained a spot on the Tech football team. 

Resort chaplains serve as modern circuit-riding preachers

As the 21st century heirs to the circuit riders’ mantle, resort ministry chaplains likewise travel light and cover plenty of ground.

Single mother makes journey from darkness to light

brandiFamily Care—a program of Children at Heart Ministries--gave 28-year-old single mother Brandi hope when she felt “there was no light in my life.”

‘What prevents me from being baptized?’ Certainly not the loss of a leg

A long journey brought Richard Baker to the baptismal waters at Windsor Park Baptist Church in DeSoto, and he wasn't going to let three flights of stairs stop him—even if he had only one leg.

Billy Graham joins South Carolina church

The best-known nonresident member of First Baptist Church in Dallas has moved his membership. Evangelist Billy Graham has joined First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

Rick Warren accuses critics of 'Christophobia'

Pastor Rick Warren termed criticism of his selection to pray the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration "hate speech" and "Christophobia" in a video message on the Saddleback Church website.

Pentagon tightens policy on distributing religious literature to recruits

The Pentagon recently reversed its policy of granting religious groups like the Gideons International preferential access to provide literature to new recruits.

Tebow's football awards anchored by faith

TebowUPDATED--Tim Tebow, who led his University of Florida team to victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, 24-14, in the BCS National Championship game Jan. 8,  is a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. His parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, are longtime members and, as missionaries to the Philippines, head up the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.

Hymns shaped and reflected the faith of presidents, scholar says

president bookEd Spann, retired dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University, and Michael Williams, history professor and dean of DBU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, collaborated on a new book, Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and their Hymns.

Schmidt, former San Marcos Academy president, dies

UPDATED: Victor Schmidt, who retired just five months ago as president of San Marcos Baptist Academy, died Dec. 19 in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio include a
visitation Monday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, followed by a graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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