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July 16, 2009

The Alabama Baptist has come to your mailbox for years, bringing you stories of fellow believers sharing the gospel and giving you resources to help you live the Christian life.

But have you ever wished for even more? Like the opportunity to react to stories, talk with Baptists across the state about them and get feedback? Well, now you can!

More than 400 readers are already friends with Alabama Baptist on Facebook, and many of them participate in casual discussions about stories, issues and prayer requests each week through wall posts.

For instance, one recent post that linked to a print edition story about hunger (“Feeding the hungry earns Christians right to share Christ with skeptical society,” June 4 issue) prompted Baptists across the state to share what their churches are doing to minister to the hungry in their area.

Ron Davis, for example, noted that the youth of Open Acres Baptist Church are working to get permission to set up a grill to cook hot dogs for the homeless in Montgomery.

“Please pray that we are able to proceed with this tasking and that not only will the folks being fed be blessed but the youth and others participating in this project will also be blessed,” he shared.

Another reader asked for suggestions on how she could reach out to the hungry and the lost.

Through Twitter, readers are able to get breaking news, human-interest stories, links to resources and other information in a short, quick format.

The state Baptist paper’s Twitter feed, @AlabamaBaptist, posts tweets (messages of 140 characters or less) nearly daily, such as:

• God called 12-year-old Megan Brittain home yesterday after her battle with cancer. Read about her at caringbridge.org/visit/meganbrittain.

• California Supreme Court upholds Prop 8, according to CNN.

• LifeWay holding VBS photo contest — Summerville Baptist in Phenix City won in 2007. Maybe yours could this year? http://tinyurl.com/ngaxgr

• Check out video clips from Johnny Hunt’s press conference at www.thealabamabaptist.org.

Nothing takes the place of the print edition, but these options offer a little something extra. (TAB)

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