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Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
Feb22

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

William Franklin “Billy” Graham, the Southern Baptist evangelist famous for his evangelistic crusades around the world, died Feb. 21 at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 99. Graham, the internationally renowned evangelist and evangelical leader, preached during his ministry to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries, more than anyone else in history, according to his organization’s website. He reached incalculably more...

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A Hall of faith: Late pastor remembered as kind, courageous for Christ
Feb22

A Hall of faith: Late pastor remembered as kind, courageous for Christ

DEL CITY—Shane Hall, the beloved pastor of Del City, First Southern, died on Feb. 16 after a protracted and courageous battle with stomach cancer. The ministry and legacy Hall leaves behind has a nationwide, as well as eternal, impact. Hall, who was 46, is survived by his wife Misty and daughters Maci and Mallory. He lived nearly three years longer than doctors first predicted when they diagnosed his illness in October 2014....

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College football ref draws from faith
Dec23

College football ref draws from faith

>> by Grace Thornton The Alabama Baptist correspondent BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—It was a simple “yes” in 1987 that changed the next 30 years of Marc Curles’ life—yes, he did want that extra ticket to a University of Georgia football game. “When I was in college, my sister was a year behind me, and her roommate’s father was an official,” Curles said. “He sent tickets to his daughter, and they had a spare ticket to the game he was...

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Iraq declares end of war with ISIS
Dec17

Iraq declares end of war with ISIS

>> by Lynde Langdon World News Service IRAQ (BP)—Iraq officially declared victory in its war on Islamic State (ISIS) on Sat., Dec. 9 after more than three years of fighting. ISIS overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory including Mosul, the country’s second largest city, in the summer of 2014. In November, Iraqi forces retook Rawah, the last Iraqi town held by ISIS, before continuing to push the extremists out of the country’s...

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Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics
Oct14

Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) — Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Sam Porter estimates that one-third of the island has yet to receive much care or help. Porter, the North American Mission Board’s national director for disaster relief, has been in Puerto Rico since Sunday, Oct. 8. He is working there with Jack Noble, a retired disaster relief director from the SBC of Virginia, and David Melber, NAMB’s...

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