Texas legislators faced with daunting budget deficit

Texas capitolTexas lawmakers, faced with a sluggish economy and a budget deficit as high as $25 billion, may feel forced to make up for it through a variety of options, including the expansion of gambling and the reduction of aid for children and the poor.

Website highlights how Baptists were changed by Civil War

The American Civil War led Baptists in the South to forsake their historic commitment to the separation of church and state and embrace Christian nationalism, the head of a Baptist history organization says on a new website.


Children from hospital Baylor’s guests at Texas Bowl

Three hundred patients and their families from Texas Children’s Hospital  attended the Texas Bowl as special guests of Baylor University. The invitation was spurred by Houston alumni serving on a Baylor Texas Bowl Host Committee, who reached out in a cooperative effort to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.


TCU quarterback leaves spiritual legacy on campus

In a post-game interview following Texas Christian University’s 21-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, TCU quarterback Andy Dalton turned the conversation toward God’s blessings rather than personal achievement.

UPDATED: Group plans 5,000 homes, 5,000 Haitians employed

Help Build Hope Haiti organizers envision mobilizing Christians— and other people of good will— in the United States to provide permanent housing for Haitian families. (SEE EDITOR's NOTE AT END OF ARTICLE)


Project preps international students to transform home countries

The Global Mission Leadership initiative at Baylor University is designed to equip international students who have the desire and leadership potential to affect change at the national level in their home countries.


Q & A: Melissa Rogers on religious liberty

Melissa RogersMelissa Rogers, a veteran religious-liberty attorney and nationally recognized expert in church-state law, is director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. In an e-mail interview, she reflects on some of the major developments in her field over the last decade and where things might go in the decade that just began.


BSM extends welcome to international students

Students and Texas Baptists involved in Baptist Student Ministries are among the first people some international students encounter.

Witnesses of lynching tell tales of fear, faith and forgiveness

Angela Sims trained with the Baylor University Institute for Oral History before interviewing people across the country, collecting horrifying eyewitness accounts of lynchings.

For 2010 top religion stories, a major case of deja vu

The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002. For the second time in a decade, charges of child molestation at the hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines—this time reaching the highest levels of the Vatican, as critics questioned whether Benedict himself mishandled abuse cases. The Roman Catholic Church wasn’t the only institution battling a sense of deja vu, as some of the most controversial religion stories from the past 20 years returned to the headlines.

New York mosque named top religion story of 2010

The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists.
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