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Music into manna: symphony concert benefits church's hunger ministry


A free concert at a Fort Worth church turned into a blessing for the city's hungry and homeless. An offering during the 90-minute concert in the sanctuary of Broadway Baptist Church on Nov. 16 raised $5,600 for the church's Agape Meal ministry.

       

Harry Potter presents a gospel narrative, professor says

A bespectacled teenaged wizard with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead may not fit most people’s picture of Christ, but Christian pop culture observer Greg Garrett definitely sees the similarities.

 

       

Faith Digest: How much is a Bible website worth?

A disgruntled investor has sued Bible.com, saying the website’s name alone should make it a “goldmine.” James Solakian filed suit against Bible.com, according to the Reuters news agency.
       

U.S. is feeling charitable, just not through churches

Americans are being more generous to religious charities, but why are they skimping on their giving to churches? A new report found that from 2007 to 2008, giving to religious charities went up, but giving to churches went down.
       

Young Christians seek community among the poor

About a dozen young Christian men and women have made the rough-and-tumble Barberry Village complex in Gresham, Ore., their home. Their goal: create a sense of community in a chaotic neighborhood overrun with drugs, prostitution and gangs.
       

Faith Digest

As the United States has grown more diverse, more Americans believe being a Christian is a key aspect of being “truly American,” researchers say.
       

Michael W. Smith reflects on the wonder of worship

For almost 30 years, Michael W. Smith has been taking listeners on a musical journey into the heart of worship. His newest album, Wonder, chronicles songs about life’s most heart-wrenching moments, as well as the unexpected joys.
       

Photographers capture infants’ brief lives on film

A Colorado-based group, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, sends professional photographers—if the families request them—to record the heartbreaking moments after a baby has died, preserving images sacred with the weight of life and loss. Video Included
       

‘Love makes a difference’ for children who need homes, musician insists

While performing concerts around the country, Dove Award-winning recording artist Mark Schultz often shares his testimony and personal story of adoption in hopes of raising awareness for orphan care and helping young families recognize this desperate need.
       

Small dedicated following keeps shape-note singing alive

Throughout the 1800s, the mournful harmonious sounds of a capella shape-note singing reverberated in churches throughout the South. It’s now experiencing a renaissance of sorts in Sacred Harp songbooks and conventions.
       

Resort ministry chaplains trained at Chaplain University

Thirty-one students who completed Chaplain University, a training program offered by Christian Resort Ministries International, have been endorsed and qualified for service in RV parks and other recreational settings throughout the United States.
       

Faith Digest: Crystal Cathedral in trouble

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its Hour of Power television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.
       

Study finds large churches can do better at retaining members

Large congregations are more likely than small churches to emphasize evangelism and recruitment of new members but significantly less likely to contact members who stop attending, according to a recent study.
       

‘Unchurched’ studies seek to understand why people leave

Seeking to develop strategies to prevent formerly active members from leaving through the so-called “back door,” LifeWay Research has conducted surveys to better understand why people leave.
       

How many versions of the Bible do we really need?

Experts say it’s nearly impossible to calculate exactly how many Bibles are sold each year. But one thing is clear: The Good Book is great for business.
       
 
 
 
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