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Candidates spar over abortion in final presidential debate

John McCain and Barack Obama differed sharply over the legality of abortion in their third and final presidential debate Oct.15 at Hofstra University, in one of the only mentions in this year’s presidential debates of a divisive cultural issue.

Everett sermon at Southwestern may be sign of thaw in relations

In a sign that once-frosty relations between the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary may be thawing, the BGCT's new executive director, Randel Everett, spoke there Oct. 15.

Pastor says he’s ‘poli-ticked’ about election

At a time when polls indicate growing distaste for politics in the pulpit, Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine,  is launching a high-profile sermon series aimed at getting Christians off the bench and into political action.

CBF field personnel minister among Middle Eastern group

Frank Morrow was in the Middle East doing relief work after a natural disaster when a local official asked, “Why do you do what you do? Why did you come?”

'Billy: The Early Years' falls flat in box office

A biopic about evangelist Billy Graham hit theaters with a thud its opening weekend Oct. 10-12, earning far less than other religion-themed movies like Fireproof and Bill Maher's agnostic comedy documentary Religulous.

ETBU names Oliver president-elect

Dub OliverEast Texas Baptist University’s board of trustees elected Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver of Waco as the school’s 12th president.

N.Y. Baptist group says to defrock pastor facing child-porn charge

A statewide fellowship of independent Baptist churches in New York is recommending defrocking one of its pastors arrested on child-pornography charges.

GuideStone addresses market volatility

GuideStone Financial Resources launched a new Internet resource for its participants Oct. 14 to answer commonly asked questions about recent market volatility.

Oklahoma Baptist University names new president

David Whitlock, 46, an administrator at Southwest Baptist University, has been named Oklahoma Baptist University's 15th president, OBU trustees announced Oct. 10.

Around the State: Redeeming conflict in ministry

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Bell Association will co-host an Oct. 18 seminar titled “Redeeming Conflict in Ministry.”

Baptist Briefs: Relief bound for Cuba

Southern Baptists are sending two containers of relief supplies to Cuba to help victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike rebuild their homes and lives.

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