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Study says recession catching up to churches

After two years of only moderate impact on offerings, the recession has caught up with America's churches, according to new figures by LifeWay Research.
       

Dip in baptisms due to soccer practice?

The real culprit behind declining baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention might be youth soccer, historian Bill Leonard asserts.

       

Around the State

The B.H. Carroll Theological Institute will hold an open house at its new office location at 301 S. Center, Suite 100, in Arlington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14.
       

On the Move

Kerry Horn to First Church in Eagle Lake as pastor.
       

Texas Tidbits

The East Texas Baptist University centennial council held its first meeting to develop a vision of how ETBU best may fulfill its mission over the next 25 years.
       

Forgiveness for black church arsons theme of new drama

Marcus Gardley's latest production, Every Tongue Confess, seeks answers to the questions that swirled around the spate of arsons that hit black churches in the South in the 1990s.
       

Christmas on Fifth Street lights up Baylor campus

Christmas on Fifth Street brought more than 8,000 people to the Baylor University campus Dec. 2 for a live nativity scene, musical performances, carriage rides, a petting zoo, pictures with Santa and a tree lighting.
       

Christmas loss: How to help

Chaplain Mark Grace vice president of mission and ministry at Baylor Health Care System, offers suggestions to churches as they seek to minister to people who have sustained loss.
       

Joy and happiness not the same thing, pastors insist

Christians can experience joy even in loss—provided they don’t confuse joy with happiness but accept it as a gift from God, several pastors noted.
       

Christmas Loss: Suggested Reading

Pastors recommended the following books as particularly helpful to people who have experienced loss and to Christians who are seeking to minister to them.
       

Faith Digest: Clergy have middling reputation

What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors and police officers have in common? Americans say they all are more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a new Gallup survey.
       
 
 
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