San Antonio woman believes God prepared place of service in China

chinaFive years ago, after a 23-year career in environmental management, Cyndi Levesque of San Antonio began thinking about retiring early and pursuing a new vocation. She enrolled in a Christian ministry degree program at Wayland Baptist University’s San Antonio campus and now teaches English writing and speaking classes to students on the campus of Guangxi University in China.


ETBU mourns student killed in automobile crash

A student at East Texas Baptist University was killed in a two-vehicle wreck just east of Hallsville on U.S. Highway 80 Jan. 15. Senior Jessica Teutsch, age 21, of Haughton, La., was traveling to her student teaching assignment at Hallsville Junior High when the fatal crash occurred.

Experience in England helped student clarify calling

Matt Johnston, a student at Wayland Baptist University, recently returned from service in England as a Go Now Missions volunteer.

Ecumenical group says stimulus package should include the poor

The nation’s most broadly ecumenical Christian group is urging the new administration of President-elect Obama to include help for the poor in any economic-stimulus package.


Faith leaders urge Obama to ban torture on Inauguration Day

A broad coalition of religious leaders has written a letter asking President-elect Barack Obama to make one of his first acts in office signing an executive order banning torture.

Deadly Zimbabwe cholera outbreak crime against humanity, group says

The cholera outbreak that has killed thousands in Zimbabwe should be considered a crime against humanity and laid at the feet of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, an international doctors’ group said in a new report.


Catholic theologian, neoconservative intellectual Neuhaus dies at 72

Richard John Neuhaus, a former anti-war Lutheran pastor turned Catholic theologian and neoconservative, died Jan. 8 at age 72. Neuhaus tutored President Bush in Catholic social teaching and helped build a coalition of Catholics and evangelicals that many political analysts believe made Bush's election possible.

Baptists, Muslims say dialogue a step in right direction

dialogueSeveral dozen Baptists and Muslims gathered Jan. 9-11 to repair a relationship better known for harsh anti-Islamic rhetoric by high-profile Baptist preachers than by dialogue or cooperation. Stan Hastey, a Baptist member of the task force that planned the event, called it a "seminal but certainly promising" opportunity for improving a Baptist-Muslim dialogue marred by demonization of Islam in the post-9/11 United States.


Around the State: DBU opens new center

Dallas Baptist University will open the Herman and Patsy Smith Center at the school’s Hurst-Colleyville campus Jan. 20.

Baptist Briefs: Former Attorney General Bell dies

Former Attorney General Bell dies. Griffin Bell, U.S. attorney general during President Carter’s administration and a longtime benefactor of Mercer University, died Jan. 5.

Robert Handy, Baptist historian, seminary professor, dies

Robert Handy, who studied under legendary Christian scholars like Paul Tillich before becoming a prominent Baptist historian in his own right, died at a retirement community in West Caldwell, N.J., Jan. 8. He was 90.
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