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Houston Baptist family receives extreme home makeover

Thousands of volunteers helped the team from the TV program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build a new home for a Baptist couple and their 13  children who had been living in FEMA trailers.
       

HSU community offers health and hope to Haiti

Six pairs of crutches and a cane are among the items Hardin-Simmons University students, faculty and staff donated to a Haiti relief effort. Donations were so numerous, they covered every table in one of the labs of the Sid Richardson Science Center as they were spread out for sorting.
       

Kerens church sees fire as a new start

Members of First Baptist Church in Kerens are seeing a fire that burned the congregation’s facilities to the ground as a new beginning.
       

Analysis: What does the Bible say about lending practices?

The dramatic increase of payday lender storefronts in Texas has left some Christians wondering how to respond. What does Scripture say about high interest rates? Can the church offer solutions?
       

Nearly half of Americans admit to anti-Muslim bias

Close to half of Americans admit to harboring prejudice against Muslims and negative feelings about Islam, a new study from the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies shows.
       

When churches die, can they live again?

Phil Rodgerson, retired from the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, has identified classic options churches often consider when facing their own demise. Unfortunately, 58 percent of the time, the church chooses to remain and do nothing—an approach that almost guarantees an inglorious end.
       

For churches, how much risk really is too much?

In the wake of the Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse crises and several church shooting incidents in recent years, risk has become a hot topic for churches.
       

For victims of family violence, hope returns when healing begins

Viviana Triana sometimes hears stories of unspeakable suffering in her role as a bilingual counselor at the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children in Waco.
       

Turnaround churches: Can Baptists learn from Anglicans?

If Christians in the United States think turning around a declining church is difficult, think of trying it in the Church of England, where tradition reaches back hundreds of years and hierarchical structure often hamstrings changes local congregations want to make.
       

‘A time to be born, a time to die’

Is a church’s death inevitable? Who can give congregations permission to die? Should church members feel guilty for closing their facility’s doors?
       

Texas Baptists urged to build on Texas Hope 2010 momentum

texas hope 2010As the Texas Hope 2010 effort to share the gospel with every person in the state by Easter Sunday enters its final weeks, Texas Baptists should see April 4 as a stepping stone, not a finish line, speakers told the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.
       
 
 

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