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William Hull, former Samford Provost, dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – William E. Hull, a theologian who served as provost, university professor and research professor at Samford University for more than two decades, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 83.

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New Southern Seminary worship degree format allows leaders to earn degree without relocating

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new delivery method for the master of arts degree in worship leadership will allow worship pastors with substantial experience to earn a seminary degree in as few as three years without relocating from their local church ministry. The program, offered through the Department of Biblical Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will begin enrolling students in June 2014.

Crider“We are thrilled to announce the new  master of arts in worship leadership professional track.

This new delivery model allows students to study online throughout the year and attend a two-week summer intensive for three summers,” said Joseph R. Crider, professor of church music and worship and executive director of the Institute for Biblical Worship, who led in developing the program. “We believe students are looking for the type and quality of education that Southern Seminary provides, and this delivery model will be a significant step in serving those students.”

The Department of Biblical Worship is a part of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Seminary.

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AFA boycotts Radio Shack for censoring the word ‘Christmas’  

TUPELO, Miss. – The American Family Association (AFA) has announced a boycott of the electronics retailer Radio Shack because they say the company has “eliminated the words that portray the reason for the season and have degraded Christmas in their stores by making the celebration of Christ’s birth a generic, bland and unholy imposter of the true meaning of Christmas.”

The AFA says for years Radio Shack has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in TV commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas.

The AFA said the company’s website, www.radioshack.com, has no mention of the word “Christmas” – even if searched for in the search bar. Instead, at Radio Shack, consumers will find “holiday” deals, “holiday” kickoff, “holiday” cash and a “holiday” gift guide, but they won’t find “Christmas” anywhere. It’s “Tech the Halls” and nothing else that even remotely resembles Christmas.

“Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple,” said Tim Wildmon, AFA president,. “Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores. Until Radio Shack proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio and television advertising or in-store signage, American Family Association will continue to promote this boycott.” 

He added, “AFA has successfully influenced almost all of the nation’s largest retailers to embrace the use of Christmas in their advertising,” Wildmon said, “but at Radio Shack, it’s ‘Bah, Humbug!’”

For more information on the AFA boycott visit www.afa.net.


Bay Psalm Book from 1640s sells for more than $15 million at New York auction

NEW YORK – The first book printed in what is today the United States of America has sold for more than $15 million at auction in New York, becoming the world's most expensive printed book. A translation of Biblical psalms, The Bay Psalm Book was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Mass., in 1640.

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Nov. 5 ballots: Losses for social conservatives

NASHVILLE (BP) – Despite a decisive re-election victory by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, election night 2013 was marked a variety of losses for social conservatives.

Abortion advocate Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia gubernatorial race. Self-identified progressive Bill de Blasio captured the New York City mayoral election. Voters in several cities legalized marijuana, and New York approved a state constitutional amendment expanding casino gambling.

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