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Mt. Zion tackles community's lack of potable waterSEAGOVILLE, Texas (BP) -- The 100 residents of the unincorporated Sandbranch community have lacked potable water due to contaminated wells for a startling three decades.
The 138-year-old community, however, now has a source of quenching for its physical and spiritual thirst: Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
When Eugene Keahey became Mt. Zion's pastor four years ago, he saw an immediate need to serve the Sandbranch community by expanding the services of Project Dreamhaus, a 501c3 organization he and his wife Deanna founded in 2001. Once focused on scholarships and educational opportunities for youth, Project Dreamhaus now also helps bring basic services to the community. Read More
Olympics: Wrestler Helen Maroulis content with God's planRIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- Helen Maroulis had lots of grandiose plans for 2012 about how the Lord could use her as an Olympic wrestler. She figured she'd have a tremendous platform to share about her faith in Christ and talk about all the Lord had done in her life.
Then she failed to make the team. So much for her plans.
"I just remember bawling my eyes out, and I was angry," she said after losing in the trials that year. Read More
GuideStone restructures to become more efficient
DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has realigned certain job responsibilities and restructured its workforce as part of its effort to identify and implement new ways to become more efficient. It also announced last month three new executive officers promoted from within the organization. Read More
Marine's religious liberty claim denied
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)-- In a decision likely to influence how the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) applies to military service members, the military's highest court upheld the conviction of a U.S. Marine court-martialed for disobeying an order to remove three Bible passages she posted around her workplace. Read More
Transgenderism & the OT: Times op-ed refutedNASHVILLE (BP) -- A New York Times op-ed suggesting the Old Testament supports transgenderism has been classified by Southern Baptist seminary professors as a mischaracterization of Hebrew grammar and theology.
"It should not surprise any of us that if we want to find something in Scripture, then we will twist it to say what we want it to say," Paul Wegner, professor of Old Testament studies at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press. "[Op-ed writer] Mark Sameth has pointed out some oddities in the Hebrew Bible, but it is doubtful that they mean what he thinks." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Calif., Ark., Fla. evangelism/missions news; 'When churches give, God yields a harvest'
Today's From the States features items from: California Southern Baptist; Arkansas Baptist News; Florida Baptist Witness Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The evangelistic power of a family
Nurturing a new generation with a Great Commission passion should "begin but not end with those closest and dearest to us," seminary president Danny Akin notes. "Let it begin in our homes." Among his suggestions: joining a Great Commission church and participating in missions opportunities. Read More