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Musical collaboration leads to international adoption

When Casting Crowns signed up to tour with recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman six years ago, band members had no idea it would inspire lead singer Mark Hall and his wife, Melanie, to adopt a child from China.
       

UMHB volunteers learn as they serve in summer missions

UMHB NamibiaMore than 100 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor students, teachers and alumni traveled to at least 20 countries and throughout the United States as a part of summer missions. In the photo, UMHB student Chris Shippey carries a Namibian child to church.

       

Summer missions confirms calling for Wayland sophomore

Jess Martinez, a student at Wayland Baptist University, spent the summer working with a church in Burley, Idaho, through the SBC North American Mission Board and discovered God could use her to minister to youth. That's when she felt her call to Christian service was confirmed.
       

Why sing? Worship leaders explore question at Baylor conference


Why is Christianity a faith that sings? More than 2,000 worship leaders and Christian musicians from around the country gathered on the Baylor University campus to explore that question during the “Fantastical” Church Music Conference.
       

BGCT gets ready for first annual meeting in Rio Grande Valley

Texas Baptists will gather in the lower Rio Grande Valley for the first time for their annual meeting Nov. 8-10, spreading the hope of Christ throughout the region, as well as being encouraged and empowered to share the gospel when they return home.
       

Pastor renews call for change in messenger-seating challenges

An East Texas pastor who proposed a process to change how the Baptist General Convention of Texas handles messenger-seating challenges plans to bring up the issue again at the convention’s annual meeting in McAllen, Nov. 8-9.
       

Age no barrier to extended missions service for East Texas couple


William and Wynna Withers never expected to fall in love with the people of Ukraine. In fact, for most of their married life, the couple never imagined leaving their home in Buna, deep in the East Texas Big Thicket.
       

Governing multi-site churches like franchising a business

As some congregations reach out to minister beyond their church campus, many have chosen to begin second or third or more sites under the church umbrella. Adding more sites usually means adjusting the congregation’s governing structure.
       

Can a church be congregational in polity and have elders?

The concept of the priesthood of the believer gave rise to the congregational form of church governance—each member having a say in the decisions the church makes, from calling a pastor to determining the color of the nursery walls. But that can often be unwieldy and slow.
       

A quiet faith lurks behind Colbert’s comedic bluster

Stephen Colbert’s on-air persona is a bloviating, holier-than-thou, conservative Catholic. But some of his fellow Christians say he is a serious, covert and potent evangelist for their faith.
       

Author finds faith and fanaticism in devotion to college football

Chad Gibbs' new book, God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC,tracks college football’s near-religious following in the heart of the Bible Belt.
       
 
 
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