Faith Digest

A preacher sharing his faith in a demonstrative manner on the Staten Island Ferry will be toning down his sermons after cutting a plea deal to a misdemeanor obstruction charge.

Texas Tidbits

Pillars: A Celebration of Seniors, the first conference and retreat for senior adults sponsored by Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, will feature keynote speaker Grant Teaff, Baylor’s former head football coach, and workshops on missions, grandparenting, estate planning and overcoming anxiety in personal evangelism.

Our House, BCFS work together to serve homeless, at-risk youth

Our House and Baptist Child & Family Services have announced plans to work together to provide much needed transitional services to struggling young adults in Abilene.

Faith-based alliance seeks health care for working poor

The New Orleans Faith Health Alliance aspires to be the doctor’s office for people who are working but without health insurance.

'NanoKnife' in use at Valley Baptist Medical Center

A new treatment for cancer patients that kills cancer cells with electricity while not harming surrounding healthy tissue was performed for the first time in Texas at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

Catholic scholar among experts named to White House bioethics panel

President Obama has named 10 medical and legal experts—including a Franciscan friar—to a commission that will advise the White House on bioethical issues.

Obama, Billy Graham meet at evangelist’s home

President Obama and ailing evangelist Billy Graham exchanged prayers during their first meeting recently at Graham’s home in western North Carolina.

USDA offers churches free food for summer feeding programs

In communities where more than 50 percent of children or youth are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs at school, the USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture are offering to provide free food for congregations willing to serve as distribution or feeding points.

Students compete in Bible drill, speakers’ competitions

Several hundred junior high and high school students participated in the Texas Bill Drive state finals May 1, drilling against each other in the areas of finding Scripture and reciting Scripture.

Northeast Texas church shows love for its community

First Baptist Church in Bogata loves its town and every person in it—all 1,300 of them. The congregation is in a campaign called “First loves Bogata,” an effort to share the gospel with every person in the city.

Survey finds Africa is most religious part of world

Researchers say they’ve found the most religious place on Earth—between the southern border of the Sahara Desert and the tip of South Africa.

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