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VP debate explores little on hot-button social issues

Biden PalinVoters hoping to know more about the vice-presidential candidates’ faith-influenced views on contentious policy issues probably learned little from the Oct. 2 debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin.

Effective ministers foster 13 habits

Effective ministers develop habits that shape their motivation, manners, morals and methods, retired Baptist pastor Jack Ridlehoover believes.

Galveston residents clean up after Ike

Three weeks after Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston Island, residents are just now in the beginning stages of cleanup.

Two weeks in Ghana village makes lasting difference

When Shirley Walker, a social work professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, participated in a mission trip to a small village outside of Kotoku, Ghana, she hoped to contribute any way she could.

Gay-rights group targets Baptist colleges, including DBU

A group that promotes equal rights for homosexuals in religious organizations appears to be targeting Baptist schools in its third annual tour of faith-based educational institutions, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and Dallas Baptist University.

Ruth Denison dies at age 80

Ruth Denison, mother of two Baptist General Convention of Texas pastors, died Sept. 28 at age 80. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Park Cities Baptist Church.

American Baptist history archives reunited at Mercer University

The American Baptist Historical Society dedicated the Samuel Colgate Historical Library and Archives on Mercer University’s Atlanta campus Sept. 27, bringing its vast collections previously housed at Valley Forge, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y., under one roof.

BGCT Executive Board recommends reduced budget for 2009

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in November will consider a budget about 8 percent less than the one approved at the previous annual meeting and down slightly from the current adjusted budget.

Pastor and seminary leader Landrum P. Leavell II dies

Landrum P. Leavell II, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls and president emeritus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, died in Sept. 26 in Wichita Falls. He was 81.

Texas volunteers help prepare 14,000 meals in Georgia Republic

As Russian tanks pulled back from a ridge just three miles away, Texas Baptist volunteers moved into Gori, a key city in the Black Sea country of Georgia, to set up a feeding operation for thousands of families displaced from their homes by fighting.

HPU Students Gather at the Flagpole to Pray

Forty-three Howard Payne University students gathered Sept. 24 around a flagpole on the HPU campus to pray as part of the nationwide See You at the Pole initiative.

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