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First person: Anybody can be a friend

Not everyone has the expertise or ability to do something significant about a problem as big as helping families deal with disabilities, but “anybody can be a friend.”
       

Welcoming people with special needs can mean spiritual, numerical growth

Churches that do a good job of including members with special needs like autism often reap side benefits of a positive witness to their community and sometimes even numerical growth, says an expert in disability ministries.
       

Seminaries not preparing pastors to minister to disabled, some assert

An expert in the field of disability ministry says theological seminaries are doing little to prepare ministers to deal with the estimated one in five Americans living with some kind of disability.
       

Is God trying to send people a message through disasters?

What is it about nature’s fury that attracts theological interpretation? For many religious leaders, scholars say, it’s an opportunity to win new believers.
       

Church should be place of acceptance for people with special needs

People with disabilities don’t want churches that just “welcome” them, but rather congregations that value them and include them in living a “full life of faith,” a long-time advocate for special-needs ministry said.
       

End of 'Lost' may prompt more questions than answers

LostIs it a show about a modern-day shipwreck, featuring misfit castaways trying to survive increasingly bizarre circumstances on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean? Or is Lost really a show about faith, redemption, evil, predestination, love, suffering, free will and human understanding of the supernatural? Either way, when Lost ends its six-season run May 23, what will remain is the debate about the religious themes sprinkled throughout the hit series.

       

Researchers probe whether, why, free will exists

Are people really responsible for all the things they do? Do they have “free will” to choose between right and wrong? Those questions are at the heart of a four-year research project at Florida State University to determine whether, and how, free will exists.
       

Faith Digest

A preacher sharing his faith in a demonstrative manner on the Staten Island Ferry will be toning down his sermons after cutting a plea deal to a misdemeanor obstruction charge.
       

Faith-based alliance seeks health care for working poor

The New Orleans Faith Health Alliance aspires to be the doctor’s office for people who are working but without health insurance.
       

Catholic scholar among experts named to White House bioethics panel

President Obama has named 10 medical and legal experts—including a Franciscan friar—to a commission that will advise the White House on bioethical issues.
       

Survey finds Africa is most religious part of world

Researchers say they’ve found the most religious place on Earth—between the southern border of the Sahara Desert and the tip of South Africa.
       

Biomedical ethics in a brave, new world

When a Texas pastor exhausted treatments available for his multiple sclerosis and began looking at other options, he excluded embryonic stem cell treatments. But then his condition worsened.
       

University backs seminary president amid charges of misrepresentation

The president of Liberty Theological Seminary, who apologized in February for calling the head of the International Mission Board a liar, is now being questioned about his own testimony of conversion from radical Islam to Christianity.

       

Baptist scholars view Noah's Ark discovery claims with skepticism

As the newest reported discovery of Noah's Ark raised doubts even among fellow Ark-hunters, two Baptist seminary professors said Christians should not rest their faith on whether remains of an ancient vessel are ever found high in the mountains of Turkey.
       

Bhutanese refugees enjoy a day in the country

About 40 Bhutanese traveled from Dallas to Sabine Creek Ranch, south of Royse City, as a part of a fun day for the refugee families.
       
 
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