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SBC president undergoes surgery

Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt underwent successful cancer surgery Jan. 7 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. An update on the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., website said Hunt rested well after the operation and was expected to be released from the hospital Jan. 8.
       

Scholar says faith-based initiative failed to increase churches' role

Eight years of President George W. Bush's faith-based agenda to increase religion's role in providing social services had little impact on day-to-day ministries of local congregations, according to scholar at Duke Divinity School.
       

Tajikistan quake relief assessment under way

A Jan. 2 earthquake that struck a mountainous region of Tajikistan has left hundreds, perhaps thousands, of villagers homeless in bitter winter weather, Southern Baptist humanitarian workers in Central Asia report.
       

Report says use of death penalty on decline in United States

Fewer death sentences were imposed in 2009 than in any year since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, according to year-end statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.
       

More than 1,200 crimes against churches reported

Nationally, more than 1,200 crimes were committed against Christian churches and ministries in 2009, according to an unofficial tally by a firm that specializes in church security.
       

Former IMB administrator, MasterLife creator, diagnosed with leukemia

Avery Willis, a former Southern Baptist missionary and administrator best known as developer of the MasterLife discipleship materials used around the world, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
       

Building damaged, congregation hopeful after Little Hope fire

The East Texas community bears the name “Little Hope,” but that doesn’t reflect the Baptist congregation there, despite a fire New Year’s Day that destroyed the church’s fellowship hall, kitchen and education space.
       

Israel’s Messianic Jews wary of stepped-up persecution

A decades-old harassment of Messianic Jews by anti-missionary zealots in Isreal has intensified in recent years, as ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups dedicated to stopping missionary activity have grown stronger and more confident.
       

Trip to Myanmar prompts launch of Karen refugee church in Austin

More than 1,000 Karen refugees from Myanmar—formerly called Burma—moved to Austin in recent years. Now  Baptists in the area have started a church focused on reaching them.

 

       

CERI completes decade delivering hope to orphans in Eastern Europe

For a decade, volunteers from throughout the United States have spent their Christmas vacations in Eastern Europe making the harsh winter a little warmer for orphans.
       

In 2010 predictions, Pat Robertson says America under God's wrath

Pat RobertsonReligious broadcaster Pat Robertson said God's wrath is looming over a nation headed for economic ruin in his annual predictions for the coming year Jan. 4 on "The 700 Club."

       
 
 

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