Jokester Jesus?

Scholars agree that Jesus' humanity would include a sense of humor. But just how funny was the Man from Nazareth?

Church takes gospel CDs to Junction homes

First Baptist Church in Junction is trying to share the gospel with every home in Junction by distributing 1,200 Texas Hope 2010 multimedia gospel compact discs.

Texas Tidbits: Bike Out Hunger Ride

Texas Baptists have planned a 445-mile bicycle ride to raise money for the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger and to raise awareness about how Texans can be involved in fighting hunger and making the state food-secure by 2015.

In tight economy, churches should look at how they handle money

Tough economic times may result in stronger, healthier and smarter churches and Christian ministries, according to Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Seminary professors attack new book by Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, a leader in the "emergent church" movement who roiled evangelical waters in 2004 with his book A Generous Orthodoxy, is at it again. And his latest book has drawn fire from professors at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will present its 71st annual Easter pageant March 31 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., all outdoors in front of the Luther Memorial arches.

Most church websites ineffective, but technology can yield blessings

A poll conducted by Christian technology company Endis indicates that when churches deliberately focus their websites on attracting outsiders, they see a corresponding rise in the number of non-Christian visitors.

Church uses family portraits as tool for outreach, ministry

Volunteers set up eight portrait studios at Cornerstone Baptist Church in innercity Dallas and took photos of about 300 families. Thirteen of the families who had their photographs taken joined the church the next Sunday.

Dove Award nominees keep spotlight on Christ

The Dove Awards may be the biggest night of the year for the Gospel Music Association, but through testimonies and songs of praise, the spotlight remains shining brightly on Christ.

Fewer than half of Americans link Easter to Resurrection

While most Americans describe Easter as a religious holiday, fewer than half of the adults surveyed link it specifically to the Resurrection of Jesus, a Barna Group study shows.

Faith Digest

A phone survey of 1,002 adults revealed 66 percent of Americans believe the United States has an obligation to assist poverty-stricken children around the world.

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