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Video gambling bans inconsistent across Alabama; owners on the move

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Perhaps if William Shakespeare lived in Alabama today he could write a soliloquy regarding the state's ambiguous "Chuck E. Cheese" video gambling law akin to: "To allow video gambling devices or not to allow them -- ah, that is the question."

NAMB missionary celebrates ‘dream job’ at commissioning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--The nearly 1,000 people in attendance enthusiastically expressed support for 108 missionaries commissioned by the North American Mission Board Feb. 17 at Huffman Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

63 new missionaries challenged to ‘present every man complete’

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The appointment of 63 new Southern Baptist missionaries Jan. 22 opened with an interpretive movement performed by Analyn Kracke and Stephanie Wingard, who accompanied the choir of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as they sang "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." The service was the first since 2001, when Southern Baptists sent 1,155 new missionaries overseas, a 28 percent increase over the previous high -- 902 workers -- two years ago. Photo by Bill Bangham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Amid a flurry of colorful flags representing countries from around the world, 63 new missionaries joined the ranks of Southern Baptist overseas workers Jan. 22 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Strengthened bonds, warm memories: Families recount holiday traditions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--The endearing character of Tevye in the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" understood the importance of passing on family traditions.

Choir’s living Christmas tree graces Guatemala City’s National Theater

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--While Alabama Baptists were celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays in the traditional turkey and football fashion, 101 members of Birmingham's Lakeside Baptist Church choir experienced a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas ministry 1,800 miles from home.
     The choir spent five days in Guatemala performing in Spanish their Christmas musical drama, "Laura's Christmas," along with their living Christmas tree on the stage of the National Theater in Guatemala City.

Church continues to give late music minister’s gift

OPELIKA, Ala. (BP)--For the past 17 years, members of First Baptist Church in Opelika, Ala., as well as the surrounding community have grown to love the church's living Christmas tree musical production.

Ministry teaches churches how to make facilities accessible

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Removing barriers in church environments - both figuratively and literally - is a crusade that Bob Anderson eagerly looks forward to on a daily basis.
      It's the focus of his work as director of the religion and disability program at Birmingham's Lakeshore Foundation.       The nonprofit organization, which has been operating since 1984, centers its services on issues dealing with individuals with physical disabilities.
      "Our mission is to provide opportunities for people with physical disabilities to live healthy, active lifestyles and participate fully in their community," Anderson said.

Alabama churches becoming aware of needs of disabled

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP)--For most people a quick trip to a public restroom is no big deal. But to a person with a physical disability who uses a wheelchair, scooter or other assisting device, it is more often than not a frustrating experience.

Bombardier credits carol with saving his life

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Every time Air Force veteran Lawson Corley hears the sacred Christmas carol “Silent Night,” he remembers the day 56 years ago when a German soldier spared his life because of Corley’s solo serenade on a snowy Christmas Eve. The year was 1944, World War II was ravaging Europe and Lt. Lawson Corley was […]

Popcorn, soda, movie help launch church’s 8-week Bible study on Christian worldview

CULLMAN, Ala. (BP)--What do popcorn, a movie theater and a teenage girl questioning her faith in God have in common with a Sunday morning worship service in Cullman, Ala.?