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Bin Laden's death top 2011 religion story

Osama bin LadenThe death of Osama bin Laden and the reactions it produced among people of faith was rated the No. 1 religion news story of 2011 by the nation's leading religion journalists.

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'VeggieTales' co-creator reflects after nearly two decades

In an interview with The Christian Post, "VeggieTales" co-creator and voice actor Mike Nawrocki states that there's plenty of life lessons and silly songs left in the tank. After all, Nawrocki contends, only teaching Christ's valuable teachings can keep a cucumber fresh for nearly two decades.

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Malzahn replaces Freeze at Arkansas State

JONESBORO (BP) - Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has been named the head football coach at Arkansas State University.

Malzahn, a Southern Baptist who previously was a member of Cross Church (formerly First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark.), will take over for the Red Wolves after Hugh Freeze was named the head coach at Ole Miss. Freeze, also a Southern Baptist and member of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, led Arkansas State to a 10-2 record this year, his only season as the team's head coach. Freeze was featured in an article in the Arkansas Baptist News Nov. 3. Read here.

Malzahn has been with Auburn for the past three seasons, winning a national championship with the Tigers in January. He previously served as offensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas.

From 1996-2000, Malzahn was head coach at Shiloh Christian School, operated by Cross Church in Springdale. He transformed Shiloh into one of the nation's elite football schools, compiling a 63-8-1 record in five seasons, with two state championships and two state runner-up finishes.


Ouachita elects new trustees, announces new staff positions

Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Four new trustees were elected and two new staff members were announced during Ouachita Baptist University’s quarterly board of trustees meeting Dec. 8.

Ouachita President Rex Horne also announced that the Higher Learning Commission has approved Ouachita’s reaccreditation following an in-depth three-year self-study by Ouachita faculty and staff. First accredited in 1927, Ouachita has held continuous academic accreditation since 1952.

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Walter Reed OKs Bibles, 'religious artifacts'

NEW YORK (BP) - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said it is rescinding a policy that prohibited family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban came one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.

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