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Churches start their own humanitarian aid agencies

As American Christians grow more skeptical and less dependent on traditional institutions, individual churches are starting their own humanitarian aid organizations, doing their own projects on their own terms.
       

Lines of church-state separation may get blurry in disaster zones

Relief workers acknowledge the close working relationship between government and religious agencies may blur the lines of church-state separation, especially when the desperation of victims pushes such concerns to the back burner.
       

Faith Digest: Church attendance up

A new Gallup Poll found Americans’ self-reported church attendance has increased slightly since 2008.
       

Musician teaches young girls that modest is hottest

Musician Jaime Jamgochian designed a popular "Modest is Hottest" T-shirt and started a conference that focuses on teaching young girls how to dress in the latest styles while maintaining modesty.
       

Homeowners weigh morality of walking out on mortgages

Up to 25 million homeowners—about one in four—are “underwater”  on the home mortgage. Those who walk away in a "strategic default" face an array of financial consequences, as well as a moral question-- is it the right thing to do?
       

Common denominator for new churches: They all need funds

Regardless of the method or process used to start them, all new church plants have one thing in common—the need for money.
       

Missional, emergent church movements place premium on church starting

The missional church and emergent church movements are sweeping through many aspects of religious life—including church planting. While both most often are tagged as movements, they also function as foundations for birthing new congregations.
       

How should church starters measure success?

Should the death of a new church be considered a failure? That depends on the definition of success. Estimates of church plant failures range from less than 2 percent to as great as 80 percent, depending upon the study.
       

Planting churches that take root takes right processes, people

Planting new churches in places where none exists, or reaching specific culture groups, can result in changed lives and the expansion of God’s kingdom. But it takes flexibility to adapt to each new work’s context.
       

'Good News Bible' translator Bob Bratcher dies

Robert Bratcher, the New Testament translator for the Good News Bible, died July 10 at the Carol Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 90.
       

Evangelical churches do better job of retaining youth, researcher says

Evangelical churches do a better job than mainline churches in keeping their young people in the faith, probably because they invest more money in youth ministry, says a Duke University professor who studies characteristics of American congregations.
       

Private libraries scramble to rescue endangered books

Libraries are debating how to save hundreds of theological books—including some nearly 500 years old--from the ravages of time.
       

Faith Digest

The president of a Christian anti-hunger lobbying group won the premier award for fighting world hunger. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton awarded the World Food Prize to Bread for the World President David Beckmann at the State Department.
       

When church-state separation bumps up against doing justice

Challenges to maintaining religious liberty come from all directions—including the dilemma of whether Baptist social-service agencies should accept government funds to perform their ministries.
       

What should churches and ministries know about employment law?

When it comes to employment law, maintaining church-state separation becomes a delicate balance between preventing the state from interfering in church polity and governance while still protecting workers.
       
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