DBU students raise funds to help hungry

Posted: 12/18/06

DBU students raise funds to help hungry

Dallas Baptist University students recently completed a Christmas food drive for Bro Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry in West Dallas, collecting more than 1,800 food items to benefit the West Dallas community ministry. 

The DBU Ministry Student Fellowship sponsored, organized and administered the food drive.

Baskets were strategically placed at 15 locations around the Dallas Baptist University campus. They were emptied periodically and their contents boxed and stored for delivery to Brother Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hands Ministry grew out of West Dallas Baptist Church, where Bill Harrod served as pastor. Harrod led the church—now named Iglesia Bautista Harrod Memorial—to minister to physical needs in the community beginning in the 1950s.

The ministry’s Christmas outreach to children is its best-known program in the area, but Helping Hands also provides services—including food—to families throughout the year.


Ex-gay says: Treat homosexuality as temptation, not orientation

Posted: 12/18/06

Ex-gay says: Treat homosexuality
as temptation, not orientation

By Hannah Elliott

Associated Baptist Press

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (ABP)—For Christians to love homosexuals like Jesus would, they should stop thinking of homosexuality as an orientation and start thinking of it as a temptation, says Tim Wilkins, himself “formerly gay.”

Wilkins, who founded a group that helps people who have “unwanted same-sex attractions,” offered his controversial view during a breakout session at Saddleback Church’s Global Summit on AIDS and the Church. The summit brought Christians and AIDS workers together to address prevention and treatment of the disease, which originally was associated with homosexuals.

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Court to decide if taxpayers can sue over faith-based plan

Posted: 12/18/06

Court to decide if taxpayers
can sue over faith-based plan

By Robert Marus

ABP Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (ABP)—The Supreme Court will, for the first time, hear a case directly related to President Bush’s faith-based initiatives, his attempt to expand the government’s ability to fund social services through churches and other religious charities.

However, the case does not deal directly with whether the program violates the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion, as some of its critics contend. Rather, the court will consider a narrower issue—whether a group of taxpayers has “standing,” or the right to sue, over the use of general executive-branch funds to promote the faith-based plan.


Book Reviews

Posted: 12/15/06

Book Reviews

The Christmas Angel by Katherine Duhon, (Vantage Press)

In this children’s book, Katherine Duhon relates the story of a typical brother and sister eagerly waiting for Santa. Except this year, Milly and Tommy must see the bearded gift-giver in person. They want Saint Nick to bring back their momma’s smile after their daddy’s death.

When the jolly fellow fails to appear, the young boy and girl don coats, caps, mittens and muffs, and slip out to search for Santa. The two lose their way as the snow slows their steps and the wind whistles through the trees. But God’s Christmas angel helps the children learn a lesson in patience and the healing of time.

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Black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations of the wide-eyed children add interest to The Christmas Angel, a story of love, hope and the magic of Christmas.


Waco students light up lives, raise money

Posted: 12/15/06

Waco students light up lives, raise money

By George Henson

Staff Writer

WACO—Students at McLennan Community College are helping Waco-area residents hang Christmas lights this holiday season so that they can share the im-pact of Christ’s birth with other students next spring.

“There are a lot of people who can’t put up their own lights anymore, and their sons or daughters live too far away or don’t have time to put lights up for them. We get to help with that and raise money so that we can participate in Beach Reach,” Jacob Garcia ex-plained.

Students from McLennan Community College hang Christmas lights for Waco-area residents to raise money for BeachReach, a spring break evangelistic ministry.
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