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2008-07-28 00:00:22

By Elizabeth Ryan, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. Jul. 27--On particularly hot summer nights when Sherrie Dowdy was growing up in East Chattanooga, her family camped out on the living room floor to be near the front door, left open for the night breeze. People didn't worry as much about their safety because everyone looked after everyone else, she said. Now when she visits friends who still live in the area, they get up to make sure the front door is locked and the alarm system...

2008-07-26 15:00:23

By Anthony Hatcher, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 26--DURHAM -- Soon, Grey Stone Baptist Church on Hillsborough Street will be rising to a new "Elevation." "Elevation" is the title of a new music and worship service that will launch Aug. 24. Grey Stone's pastor, the Rev. Clay Waters, said he set out "to tailor-make a service that would really be specially for people who have an unchurched background, where church is totally new to them." The plan is to present church as "a...

2008-07-24 03:00:31

By Terry Lee Goodrich, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 24--A pastor known in Baptist circles for his insightful preaching and effective inner-city ministries will temporarily take the reins of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth. The 1,500-member congregation is regrouping after months of rancorous debate over theological issues, church officials say. The Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, 51, will preach his first sermon at Broadway on Sunday, church leaders said. Johnson, who...

2008-07-23 03:00:32

By Sarah Rothwell, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 23--NEW TAMPA -- There are no electric guitars, neon lights or television screens at Grace Baptist Church of New Tampa. On Sunday mornings, members don't arrive expecting to see a good show. They come to listen and to learn. "We aren't here to entertain people," said Andrew Henderson, senior pastor. "We're here to focus on the Lord, to worship him and to exalt him." Henderson, 37, and his wife Melinda, 36, opened Grace Baptist in July 2006. The...

2008-07-17 09:00:31

By JAN GAILLARD By Jan Gaillard Correspondent LYNNHAVEN Rain or shine, The Virginia Beach Beacon Baptist Church will rock with its annual "SHOUT 2008" celebration on the church grounds. The all-day, live Christian music concert on Sunday features local artists, bands, food, games and entertainment for the family. "The day's proceeds will go towards growing our youth programs and the event is centering on youth this year," said the Rev. Bill Dudley, the church's worship leader....

2008-07-16 03:00:26

By Kenneth Knight, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 16--TEMPLE CREST -- The congregation of Temple Heights Baptist Church, a community landmark for 50 years, is moving closer to finding a new, permanent home. "We are close to buying something and getting re-established," church deacon Charles Kinsey said last week. Clark Allen, the church pastor, said the congregation is considering buying a 2.2-acre site at 40th and Yukon streets or a 4.8-acre parcel on Puritan Road overlooking the...

2008-07-09 12:00:00

By Beth Kassab, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 9--As president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Al Weiss travels around the globe as he oversees its most famous theme parks. These days, he is also looking across continents for another reason: church planting. In the time since his promotion from president of Disney World was announced in November 2005, Weiss' passion outside the office -- a multidenominational church building organization he founded called...

2008-06-30 21:02:21

By Lindsay Melvin Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have condemned sexual predators and are urging churches to flush out molesters using federal background checks. But a simple search on the convention's Web site shows they have yet to purge their own house of predators. SBC's MinisterSearch, a Web database for finding clergy members, contains the names of pastors both indicted and convicted of sexual abuse. Among them is a former Cordova pastor charged in October with rape...

2008-06-21 09:00:19

By Jeff Scullin, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 21--ZEPHYRHILLS -- True Life Center opened its Harvest Food Bank on Allen Road on Thursday, giving the small church's outreach efforts a more permanent beachhead. The food bank will give away food from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. In time, the church hopes to serve 25 to 50 families each week, said its pastor, Randy Lawrence. The early response has been good. Volunteers started filtering in even before the food bank opened, Lawrence said....

2007-10-27 09:00:22

By Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. Oct. 27--Several area churches are offering Halloween celebrations or alternatives this weekend or Wednesday. Masonville Baptist Church, 6601 U.S. 231, is having Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Used eyeglasses and sunglasses are being collected for Sight Night, sponsored by Lions Club International. The eyewear will be donated to poor people around the world. Bellevue Baptist Church is having a Harvest Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m....


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'