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Midland holiday outreach touches 400 families

First Baptist Church in Midland handed out hope and cared for more than 400 families through the church’s annual Christmas store.
       

Blessed are the Persecuted: Where persecution is real, it’s intense

In places around the world where Christians face beatings, economic reprisal, imprisonment or even death because of their faith, claims of religious persecution in the United States ring hollow.
       

In world of religion, 2009 a year of unintended consequences

In the year of religion in 2009, well-intended gestures of goodwill and reconciliation sometimes erupted into firestorms of controversy. Even the best-laid plans, 2009 reminded us, often carry unforeseen consequences.
       

Jimmy Carter apologizes to Jews for past statements

Criticized in the past for remarks that upset many in America's Jewish community, former President Jimmy Carter apologized Dec. 21 for any of his words or actions that might have served to stigmatize Israel.
       

Bhutanese refugees hear for first time about birth of Jesus

Bhutan DancersBhadra Rai, an emerging Bhutanese Christian leader in Houston, along with the Baptist General Convention of Texas intercultural ministries office, Houston Baptist University and several churches in the area, planned an assembly of cultural performances and presentations to share the Christmas story with more than 250 Bhutanese who arrived in Texas this year.
       

East Texas church takes a shot at raising missions money

Aiming to raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, one rural East Texas church set its sights on a unique way to do it.
       

Ugandan pastors blast Rick Warren for opposing anti-gay law

rick warrenA group of Ugandan pastors is calling on Southern Baptist mega-church pastor Rick Warren to apologize for his recent letter opposing anti-gay legislation pending in the east African nation.

       

Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will feature Kelly Cherry and Andrew McKnight during its writers’ festival set for Jan. 6-9.
       

On the Move

Billy Burchfield to Williams Creek Church in Axtell as pastor
       

Evangelical leaders support abortion compromise in health-care plan

Thirty-nine pro-life Christian pastors and leaders released a statement Dec. 18 applauding alternative language aimed at preventing health-care reform from being derailed by debate over abortion.
       

Bedford church gives needy children reason to jump for joy

BedfordFirst Baptist Church in Bedford hopes the Jump for Joy Festival—its collaborative project with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district—causes needy children to do just that.
       
 
 

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