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Eleanor Terry dies of injuries from South Africa auto accident

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Eleanor Foster Terry, 55, wife of The Alabama Baptist editor Bob Terry, died Monday evening, July 20, at University Hospital (UAB) in Birmingham after returning July 19 via medical transport from Durban, South Africa. The Terrys sustained severe injuries in a car accident July 11 in Durban, where they were attending a meeting […]

MedJet returns Terrys to Alabama; Eleanor Terry critical, on life support

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Eleanor Terry, wife of The Alabama Baptist editor Bob Terry, was on life support and in critical condition at University Hospital (UAB) in Birmingham, Ala., the morning of July 20, after arriving via MedJet International at 9:30 a.m. July 19 from South Africa. The Terrys were seriously injured in a car accident July […]

Bob & Eleanor Terry injured in South Africa auto accident

DURBAN, South Africa (BP)–Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, and his wife, Eleanor, were seriously injured in an auto accident July 11 while in Durban, South Africa, attending the Baptist World Alliance General Council’s July 5-11 meeting. The Terrys are in serious but stable condition at St. Augustine Hospital in Durban. They were riding […]

Church focused on people after tornado’s destruction

ODENVILLE, Ala. (BP)–Chris Burns had no plans of changing his Easter message — even though everything else for Easter services at Bethel Baptist had changed. A tornado that swept through central Alabama with no abandon April 8 demolished the existing sanctuary plus a nearly completed $3.25-million sanctuary and family life center of the Odenville church. […]

Destructive tornado kills 32; devastates a dozen churches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Winds pushing 300 mph ripped through three Alabama counties with no remorse April 8, taking at least 32 lives and injuring 220 more. But as the most destructive tornado in state history, the F-5 twister hopskotched a 20-mile path, gouging 15 miles of life in western Birmingham communities and obliterating everything in sight. […]

Churches take steps to renew inactive members’ commitment

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BP)–Most churches’ membershiprolls may look good on paper but are nowhere close to anaccurate reflection of active service. “I call it the sin of forsaking the local church,” saidJeff Noblit, pastor of First Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals,Ala., who has a prepared sermon on the topic he preachesonce a year. “We have taught […]

SACS extends probation of Mobile for 1 year

ATLANTA (BP)–The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools extended the University of Mobile’s accreditation probation for one year during its Dec. 9 meeting in Atlanta, giving the debt-ridden school more time to prove it should remain accredited. Jack Allen, SACS associate executive director, reported that a special review committee felt Mobile’s proposed balanced budget plan […]

Ala. Baptists address school prayer ruling

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP)–Coming on the heels of an emotional school prayer decision, Alabama Baptists voiced opposition to a federal judge’s Oct. 29 ruling, during their Nov. 18-19 annual meeting at Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville. Nearly three weeks before the annual meeting, U.S. District Court Judge Ira DeMent placed an injunction on certain unconstitutional religious activity […]

Ala. injunction requires stop to prayer in schools

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (BP)–In Alabama’s ongoing school prayer battle, U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent issued a permanent injunction Oct. 29 against the governor, state attorney general and state board of education from enforcing a 1993 state law permitting prayer in schools.Officials in DeKalb County had cited the law in their defense of various religious practices […]

Subpoenas, $400,000 donation reported at Univ. of Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)–As federal investigations continue at the University of Mobile, a $400,000 donation comes at a good time for the Baptist school embroiled in financial woes.Federal subpoenas began arriving at the University of Mobile in July as investigators sought records of board of trustees meetings and other documents.Walter Hovell, acting president of the 2,700-student, […]