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On-campus H2O ministry lifts collegians' trajectory

H2O collegiate churches, which aim to lift the trajectory of college students' lives, have spread from one campus to nine since 1984.
Ties bind local church to community school

Justin Ford, senior pastor at Oakdale Baptist Church, recognized a need in a nearby community in 2008. Eight years later the partnership continues to flourish. In February, the school hosted its first “Tie Day,” where local businessmen were invited to come and invest time with male students by teaching them how to tie a tie and the importance of being successful, productive men in society.
Chicago church sues over stalled building purchase

Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit over the city's enforcement of a zoning ordinance that won't allow the congregation to purchase its building near the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The church contends the ordinance is in conflict with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
Imprisoned Iranian believer in 'urgent' health crisis

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in "urgent need of special care," an Iranian Christian news service reports. Accused of participating with pastor Saeed Abedini in a house church in connection with her work at an orphanage, Zargaran has been in the women's ward of Tehran's notorious Evin prison since 2013.
200 killed in Christian areas of Nasarawa, Nigeria

Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said.
FROM THE STATES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS -- N.M., Okla. and Va. pastors and denomi...

Today's From the States features items from: Baptist New Mexican; The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); Proclaimer (Virginia)
FIRST-PERSON: Not like that

While nonconformity may have its appeal, Barry Fields envisions "a kind of conformity that looks less like dictionary definitions and more like calloused hands of a carpenter King ... who found His identity not by rebelling against the status quo but by transcending it."

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