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Faith Digest: Methodists study healthy churches

United Methodists have recently concluded a study of more than 32,000 Methodist congregations across North America, seeking the key factors affecting vital congregations.
       

Warnings about sex, violence come to Christian movies

A new purple “Faith-Based” seal on Christian-themed DVDs warns of raw images or language, and a new gold “Faith-Friendly” seal indicates a Christian-themed movie that’s safe for a family audience.Video Included
       

Poverty-medicine clinic preaches the gospel of fitness

Fitness can, literally, be a life-and-death issue for people in underprivileged communities. So a Christian medical ministry in one of the nation’s poorest big cities is preaching the gospel of fitness through local churches.Video Included
       

Physical and spiritual exercise meet in NIA, divinity student says

Claire McKeever, a Baylor University graduate studying for the ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School, preaches that worship isn’t just for the soul. She teaches Neuromuscular Integrative Action, a mind/body/spirit exercise experience that combines yoga, martial arts and dance.
       

Ministry offers a place of stability for people left adrift

After a debilitating drug addiction cost him jobs, his home and ultimately time in jail, Danny Evans found himself at the front door of Union Gospel Mission, a Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger-supported ministry that serves roughly 75 percent of the city’s homeless through a variety of aid programs.
       

Southern Baptists’ large military presence colors gay debate

Repeal of a military ban on openly gay members is expected by many. But Southern Baptists, who have many more active-duty military chaplains than any other denomination, are not giving up without a fight.
       

Should churches allow sex offenders in pews?

“All are welcome” is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally?
       

South Africa to host continent’s first Baptist World Congress in 2015

For the first time, the Baptist World Congress will be held in Africa in 2015, according to a July 27 announcement from Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam.
       

Faith & Fitness: Exercise good, but only in moderation

The Bible portrays the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. But some caution that too much focus on “temple care” can become a sin.
       

Catholics in Nagaland claim persecution by Baptists

NagalandBaptists in Nagaland defended themselves against charges of anti-Catholic bigotry after villagers tore down a Catholic church because the town allows churches only of the Baptist denomination. The controversy has generated widespread media attention pitting Catholics against the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

       

Jimmy Carter credits Baptist preacher for his election as president

Jimmy Carter said July 23 he doubts he would have been elected 39th president of the United States without the aid of Jimmy Allen, a Texas Baptist preacher who endorsed him at a time when his 1976 presidential campaign was floundering.
       
 
 

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