Rick Warren to give invocation at Obama inauguration

Rick Warren, founder of the Southern Baptist Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., will give the invocation at Barack Obama's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.

Southern Seminary facing budget shortfall

The head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is predicting layoffs and tuition increases to manage a $3 million budget shortfall.

National WMU cuts back in order to retain staff

In light of negative economic projections for 2009, national Woman’s Missionary Union has announced $1.4 million in budget cuts, a hiring freeze and a four-week unpaid furlough for staff. But by implementing cost-cutting measures, WMU should be able to avoid layoffs and keep health insurance affordable for its employees, leaders stressed.

Stockings stuffed by Valley Baptist volunteers bring Christmas joy to children on the border

For the past 20 years, Edweina Peroni of Christ the King Baptist Church in Mission and volunteers from across the nation put together more than 200,000 Christmas stockings for children in the Rio Grande Valley.

Around the State

The artwork of Jack Hamm is featured in the exhibition “Drawing Power: Original Editorial Cartoons” at Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library through Dec. 20.

On the Move

James Anaya to Bethel Church in Ingleside as pastor, where he had been interim.

Texas Tidbits: Intercultural specialist joins BGCT staff

Mark Heavener has joined the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff as intercultural specialist to help start and develop ethnic churches, particularly in the Houston area.

Parents of adopted child seek to help him learn his blended heritage

Eighteen-month-old Milo is one-half Hispanic, one-fourth Anglo and one-fourth African-American. His adoptive parents, Jaime and Renee Baeza of Leander, are Hispanic. They want to ensure he learns about his blended heritage.

Historic Anabaptist writings to be available online

Writings of Balthasar Hubmaier, one of the most well-known and respected Anabaptist theologians of the Reformation, soon will be available for online research, thanks to a project of European Baptist scholars.

Family completed through foster-to-adopt program

The long journey of Timothy and Karen LeRoy of San Antonio to adoptive parenthood  was finalized this month through Baptist Child & Family Services’ foster-to-adopt program.

Baptist Briefs: Chick-fil-A founder honored

Baptist layman Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, was named the 2008 winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

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