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‘Black Hawk’ hero confronts fear with faith in sovereign God

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COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP)--After facing death on several foreign battlefields, Jeff Struecker has overcome the fear of his own demise, not to mention less pressing concerns like financial difficulties or the childhood nightmares that followed his parents’ divorce.
      Still, he battles uncertainties, and at the top of the list is the possibility of a seventh trip to the war-torn Middle East. Struecker dreads the possibility that his wife, Dawn, could be left alone to raise their five children, ages 4 to 12.

MARRIAGE DIGEST: Romney may withhold pay raises from legislators; N.H. residents oppose ‘gay marriage’ legalization

BOSTON (BP)--Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may withhold a scheduled pay raise from legislators if they fail to vote on a proposed constitutional marriage amendment Jan. 2.

Southern Seminary’s Mohler recovering following surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is recovering at a hospital in Louisville, Ky., following abdominal surgery Dec. 28.

Millennial generation convenes at Urbana conference

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Answering the call to missions and seeking clues to global issues facing the church, record numbers of college students and youth converged in St. Louis for the 21st Urbana Student Missions Conference at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center Dec. 27-31.

‘Facing the Giants’ tops $10 million
at box office ahead of DVD release

ALBANY, Ga. (BP)--In Hollywood, $10 million is mere change. In Albany, Ga., it's a sign of God's blessing.
      "Facing the Giants," the inspirational movie made by the staff and members of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., on a shoestring budget, passed the $10 million gross mark the week before Christmas. Not bad for a movie that cost only $100,000 to make.
      It is still showing in a handful of theaters nationwide and is set to be released on DVD Jan. 30. Churches, though, can go ahead and purchase the DVD, along with the required license, to show it to their congregation. More than 900 churches have done so thus far.

FIRST-PERSON: A resolution to consider

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--According to a poll conducted on USA Today’s website, 80 percent of Americans will make at least one New Year’s resolution. But research indicates that many of those setting New Year’s goals will have broken them by March.

Golden Gate sends out 60 new graduates to share Jesus

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Sixty students received degrees at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s winter commencement at First Baptist Church in San Francisco Dec. 15.

Woman behind Seminary Ext. celebrates 30 years of service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Seminary Extension classes still meet a vital need in across the Southern Baptist Convention, Vivian Buttrey said. And who should know better than her?

Stateside partners transition to field missionaries in Ukraine

CRIMEA, Ukraine (BP)--When Victor and Lana Girard* first began praying for an unreached people group in southern Ukraine, they had no idea God would soon call them to live among this people.