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‘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.
       

Texas WMU receives $10,000 for hurricane relief

National Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation President David George presented a $10,000 check to Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Interim Director Nelda Seal, to be used for the continuing relief and recovery effort following Hurricane Ike.
       

Karen refugees find friends among Baptists in United States

Duane and Marcia Binkley are linking Karen refugees who are still in the camps on the Thai-Burma border to those who are now in the United States—and helping them find churches and resources in the U.S. for a smoother transition to American life and culture.
       

Wayland campus director living a dream as Civil Air Patrol chaplain

Ben Craver, executive director of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Albuquerque, N.M., was named Wing Chaplain of the Year recently.
       

Austin church feeds homeless, 17 years and counting

Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin provided Austin’s homeless population a special Christmas season meal for the 17th year Dec. 15.
       

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