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Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

For many, this Christmas will be the first without a special loved one. For those who have the opportunity to interact with a bereaved person, often there are questions: What do I do? What do I say?

For Syrian refugees, ’tis the season to survive

For Syrian refugees, ’tis the season to survive

For many Americans, ’tis the season to snuggle by the fireplace with family and friends. But for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, it’s time to fight brutal winter temperatures in houses made of plywood or tarps and struggle to find food each day.

Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

The Senate confirmed David Saperstein—named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009—as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, making him the first non-Christian to hold the job.

San Antonio church works with military volunteers to feed hungry families

San Antonio church, military volunteers help feed hungry families

Last year, Pastor Rob Johnson asked two senior adults at Christian Family Baptist Church to pray with him about starting a community action team. Their answered prayers can be seen in 1,485 needy families in northwest San Antonio who received 110,000 pounds of food this year.

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Baptist Joint Committee supports workplace religious accommodation

Employers have a duty to accommodate the religion of employees—within reason—and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and others argued in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Baptist Briefs: Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

Baptist Briefs: Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention told the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that required coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act substantially burdens its religious freedom.

Around the State: Work starts on lake at Dogwood Trails Camp

Around the State: Work starts on lake at Dogwood Trails Camp

After almost five years of fundraising and planning, Dogwood Trails Camp and Retreat Center has broken ground on their largest project to date.

Texas Tidbits: Four Texas Baptist schools honored for community service

Texas Tidbits: Four Texas Baptist schools honored for community service

Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University and Hardin-Simmons University were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes through service.

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Christmas better with trip to church, most Americans agree

Most Americans believe Christmas goes better with a visit to church, religious Christmas songs in public school concerts and greater focus on Jesus, according to a LifeWay survey.

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ disappoint Christians?

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ disappoint Christians?

Critics say the film Unbroken, which opens in theaters Christmas Day, waters down the Christianity that was central to Louis Zamperini’s life.

Texas cities counter national trend in requests for food assistance

Texas cities counter national trend in food assistance requests

Mayors in seven out of 10 cities in the United States reported increased requests for food assistance in the past year. But three Texas cities whose mayors participated in the survey bucked the national trend.

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