Can a church be congregational in polity and have elders?

The concept of the priesthood of the believer gave rise to the congregational form of church governance—each member having a say in the decisions the church makes, from calling a pastor to determining the color of the nursery walls. But that can often be unwieldy and slow.

A quiet faith lurks behind Colbert’s comedic bluster

Stephen Colbert’s on-air persona is a bloviating, holier-than-thou, conservative Catholic. But some of his fellow Christians say he is a serious, covert and potent evangelist for their faith.

Author finds faith and fanaticism in devotion to college football

Chad Gibbs' new book, God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC,tracks college football’s near-religious following in the heart of the Bible Belt.

Who's in Charge?

Jesus Christ is the head of the church. But when it comes to ways Christians handle a church's day-to-day administrative chores and make decisions about budget and buildings, Baptist churches demonstrate remarkable diversity.

Faith Digest

The basic text used for Alcoholics Anonymous programs, known as The Big Book, initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience, The Washington Post reported.

Moderate Baptists uneasy about evangelical baggage

Are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Mainstream Baptists evangelicals? The answer is yes and no.

Definitions of "evangelical" vary

The National Association of Evangelicals and Christian researcher George Barna offer two definitions of the term "evangelical."

Mayberry Bible study asks: ‘What Would Andy Do?’

Joey Fann, who has written The Way Back to Mayberry, a study guide for small groups in churches, wonders what the calm lawman of Mayberry would make of America’s current collective agitation.

Pew report: Christians lack knowledge about world religions

Atheists, agnostics, Mormons and Jews appear to have a better understanding of world religions than Christians, according to a recent nationwide Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey.

Who are Evangelicals?

When Billy Graham, Jim Wallis, Rick Warren,  Al Mohler and Brian McLaren can all be called “evangelical,” some observers wonder if the term has lost its meaning.

Stuff Christians Like: An interview with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the author of the satirical blog Stuff Christians Like and a book by the same title published by Zondervan.

Faith Digest

The United States tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a worldwide giving index by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation that measures charitable behavior across the globe.

When does human life begin? In Missouri, it’s legally at conception

The question has perplexed philosophers, theologians and scientists for thousands of years: At what point does human life begin?

Mormons catch a glimpse of life in the big leagues

Mormons have been making headlines across the nation—from HBO’s Big Love to California’s Proposition 8, from American Idol wannabe David Archuleta to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to conservative icon Glenn Beck.

Ethnically changing suburbs may require different strategies

Most ethnic minorities live in suburbs, according to a recent Brookings Institute report. Texas Baptists are responding by helping start suburban churches that reflect those areas’ ethnic diversity.
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