E-T Staff Report

Faith and prayer will bring Tarleton State University students together as the Baptist Student Ministry celebrates Passion Week.

Passion Week begins Saturday, continues through Wednesday and will include a Palm Sunday event and a chance for students to share the word of God on Tuesday, the first day of Passover.

While the BSM events are intended for students alone, Director Derek Dodson is encouraging all Christians to engage in prayer in the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

Dodson said Passion Week is an annual event, emphasizing the story of Jesus and the Easter season. He also said this year, BSM is taking the opportunity to share the true story of Christ in light of controversy surrounding Tarleton's production of the controversial play "Corpus Christi."

Included in the Passion Week Prayer Guide is a ten point list, advising students and the community as a whole to pray for:

God's forgiveness of any unconfessed sin in your life.

God's Spirit to move on the campus in a mighty and amazing way.

Godly wisdom for Tarleton President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio and administrators.

Wisdom and personal restraint for protesters expected to descend on the campus on Saturday to speak out against "Corpus Christi."

Protection and safety of the students and faculty in the university's fine arts department.

The truth about Christ be known.

Christ's love and grace be shown through you.

Salvation to come to your friends who don't know Christ as their personal savior.

Lost and "unchurched" students to attend "I Agree with Stephen" and "The Passion of the Christ," and for their hearts to receive the truth about Christ.

God to give you opportunities to share your story about what Christ has done in your own life.

The five-day event begins Saturday in the BSM with a day of prayer. Dodson said the BSM will be open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for 12 hours of prayer.

On Sunday, evangelism training will be held in the BSM beginning at 4 p.m. to help students learn to share the gospel.

Students will then unite and cover the campus in prayer on Monday at 7 p.m. for "Prayerwalk the Campus," which will begin at the BSM.

"I Agree with Stephen" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Science Room 102.

Finally, the week's events will come to an end Wednesday with the viewing of "The Passion of the Christ" at 7 p.m.

While the movie has also been called controversial, Dodson said the movie was selected since it tells, "The true story of Christ."

For more information, contact Dodson at 254-965-4179 or visit BSM online at www.tsubsm.com.