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Iowa Missionaries face gangs in inner-city Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (NAMB)—Iowa conjures up images of a Midwestern state of green cornfields, big-time pig and dairy farming, small towns and the fictional setting for wonderful movies like "The Music Man" and "Field of Dreams."

Southern Baptists 6.7 percent of population

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Southern Baptists make up nearly 7 percent of the United States adult population, according to a new Pew study that also shows evangelicals outnumbering mainline church members and Catholics.

Florida Baptist leaders evaluate Pew Forum report

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A widespread study of the American religious landscape conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life should serve as a wake up call for Florida Baptist congregations, said three Florida Baptist Convention church growth specialists.

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A massive new study of the American religious landscape reveals big changes and powerful trends shaping the future. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life surveyed 35,000 Americans in one of the largest research projects yet undertaken.

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Sarah took a nervous drag on the cigarette. Everyone laughed when she choked on the smoke—an embarrassment for the 14-year-old. “Hey, it’s my first time,” she said. The second drag went better. And the third. Within moments she was feeling the “buzz.”

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It would be taken for granted by any serious historian that any ideology or worldview would partake of the culture in which it grew up and would also be largely influenced by the personality of the writer of the theory.

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Heather Martin, a junior at Union University, was trying to climb into a bathtub for safety when the E4 tornado hit the Union campus in Jackson, Tennessee. It was 7:02 P.M. on February 5. “It sounded like a thousand trains,” she said, describing the funnel cloud that ripped through the school, causing massive damage to all but one campus building.

Annual missions conference has new name, broader focus

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Missions opportunities and growth in service for both men and women will be the focus of the 2008 SonShine missions conference April 3-5.

Miami’s Urban Impact Al Fernandez earns NAMB church planting award

ATLANTA, Ga. (NAMB)—Al Fernandez, a church planting missionary in Florida, was one of four church planting missionaries honored during the North American Mission Board’s 2008 Church Planting Missionary/National Missionary Forum in Atlanta, Feb. 27- March 1.

Divine promise gives hope author says

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (LCR)—The words “accident” and “trauma” take Robert Morgan back to the toughest night of his pastoral career. He recalls the hospital tubes, wires, machines and a waiting room full of teenagers and parents.

Churches look at ways to care for the aged & their caregivers

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Seminary professor Terri Stovall wants churches to “understand the current trends of the aging population that will balloon over the next 50 years, to examine what Scripture says to seniors, families and the church, and to [offer] practical ways to meet the needs associated with the elderly.”

Obama: Sermon on the Mount supports gay civil unions

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (BP)—Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended his belief in same-sex civil unions March 2 by referencing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and then implicitly criticizing those who view Romans as a binding teaching on homosexuality.

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