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Truck crash destroys sanctuary, unifies church

KILLEN, Ala. (BP) -- Pastor Ronny Jones will never forget the day a flatbed tractor-trailer truck crashed into the side of First Baptist Church Center Star, in Killen, Ala. The church's sanctuary was destroyed. The truck "lost control on Highway 72 and crashed into the side of the building," Center Star’s longtime pastor recalled of the March 10, 2014 incident. "The truck went into the building about 50 feet, and the gas tanks on the truck burst and spilled about 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the foundation."

Selma’s faith community seeks racial healing

[QUOTE@right@90="We're trying to find ways to get people in Selma to truly know one another." -- Juana Maxwell of One Selma: Coming Home United in Faith]SELMA, Ala. (BP) -- When Jerry Light moved to Selma to become pastor of First Baptist Church several years ago, he was surprised that only two African American churches identified as Southern Baptist. "It bothered me because Baptists are always missions-minded -- both locally and abroad," Light said. "I know Selma has a racial stigma hanging over it but that was a long time ago and we need ...

Breakfast biscuit leads to a changed life

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Brittney Hanvey says she doesn't quite know what made her pull over to the side of the road back in January to offer a homeless man a biscuit. But that seemingly small act set off a chain of events that helped transform a life.