Musician helps young girls realize God’s design on their lives

As Francesca Battistelli performs concerts around the country, she shares life lessons, hoping to encourage young girls with the message that God has a plan and purpose for their lives—and they should settle for nothing less than what God has designed for them.Video Included

Spring marks the opening of the ‘Church of Baseball’

On Easter Sunday, 50,000 people packed into Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.,and heard Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., compare the striking similarities between baseball and religious life.

Judge rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional

A federal judge has found a National Day of Prayer mandated by Congress unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation of church and state.

No announced suspension of Russian adoptions, Buckner says

Officials with Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services say they have not received any official notification about the suspension of adoptions from the Russian Ministry of Education, the arm of the government that oversees international adoptions.

Russia adoption controversy hasn’t affected ‘Angels’ hosting program

Buckner AngelsOfficials at Buckner International say the recent political furor over a news report about a mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia on a one-way flight has not affected the group’s “Angels from Abroad” orphan hosting program scheduled for this summer. The story has generated threats from Russian foreign ministry officials to suspend adoptions from the country.

CBF, Mercer to provide prosthetics for Haitian amputees

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercer University to provide affordable prosthetics for Haiti, where thousands of people lost limbs in the January 2010 earthquake. Video Included

Church’s ministry weaves tapestry of love for internationals

For 40 years, the Neighbors International ministry of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco has been introducing people around the world to one another, Texas culture and— most importantly—Jesus Christ.Video Included

Barna: Four in 10 'unchurched' have been hurt by churches

Nearly four of every 10 "unchurched" Americans avoid worship because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people, according to new research by The Barna Group.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing marked its 100th anniversary at a gala luncheon in Dallas. The Nurses’ Training School of the Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium opened in 1909.

Faith Digest

Muslim and Sikh groups praised the Transportation Security Administration for rolling back screening rules on passengers arriving from 14 primarily Islamic countries, even as some worry that profiling will continue.

A culture of debt, a culture of thrift

Hard work, thrift and philanthropy seem counter-cultural in a time and place where debt is pervasive, with individuals, families, companies and even the government borrowing increasing amounts of money.

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