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Howard Payne students shun showers to boost Haiti relief

Two freshmen coeds at Howard Payne University did not shower for six days in mid-January—not because they were too busy or too lazy, but to raise money for a relief effort for Haiti.
       

Swiss aren’t only ones who resist mosque construction

When Switzerland recently voted to ban construction of minaret towers at mosques, some observers interpreted it as an expression of European xenophobia that never would find a home in multicultural America. But to say it couldn’t happen here would be wrong—or at least premature.
       

Analysis: Payday lenders profit from cycle of debt

The number of payday loans in Texas has exploded. In 2008, payday and auto title loans were available in more than 2,800 locations all around Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s list of registered credit service organizations.
       

Super Bowl parties OK as long as NFL guidelines followed, experts say

Despite crackdowns from the National Football League in recent years that frightened many church leaders into abandoning watch parties for America’s biggest sporting event, experts say churches are free to host viewings of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 as long as they follow a few NFL guidelines.
       

Nine East Texas church fires look suspicious to investigators

Federal investigators are working with state and local authorities in seeking clues to a string of blazes affecting churches in Smith, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.
       

Georgetown church will reach out with evangelistic cds

As part of Texas Hope 2010—an initiative to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010—Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown is distributing 10,000 evangelistic multimedia compact discs in one ZIP code and part of another.
       

Youth ministers excited about movie’s potential impact on teens, families

to save a lifeA nationally released feature film, To Save a Life. debuted in Burleson last month, and the youth ministers who worked to make it happen are eager to see its impact.Video Included
       

Temple church fire ruled arson

Temple fireInvestigators said Jan. 29 that a fire that gutted the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Temple on Jan. 19 was set deliberately. The case is now being treated as a criminal investigation.
       

Faith Digest: Sydney bishop dresses down casual clergy

An Anglican bishop in Australia’s largest city has dressed down his clergy over their lack of sartorial style.
       

Amarillo church gives entire weekend offering to TBM Haiti relief project

Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo gave $63,100 to Texas Baptist Men for disaster relief work following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The congregation sent its full weekend offering to Texas Baptist Men despite running $140,000 behind its annual budget.
       

Missionaries offer comfort to injured quake victims from Haiti

Haiti AidInternational Mission Board missionaries help break through language barriers as a clinic in the Dominican Republic swells with injured victims of Haiti's earthquake.
       
 
 

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