SBC ethics czar supports Murfreesboro mosque

After opposing the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, the Southern Baptist Convention's chief spokesman on public policy has come out in support of Muslims seeking to build a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Around the State

Baylor University will be the site of the “Fantastical” church music conference Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Waco Hall. Award-winning Christian musician and Baylor graduate David Crowder will lead the conference.

On the Move

Brad Borstadt has resigned as pastor of J-Bar-C Cowboy Church.

Texas Tidbits

East Texas Baptist University’s board of trustees at their regular fall meeting approved curriculum for two new graduate programs—the Master of Arts in Religion degree and the Master of Education degree.  

Clergy sexual abuse 'pervasive,' co-author of study says

While newspapers carried headlines about high-profile sexual-coercion lawsuits filed against Atlanta mega-church pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist researcher said the problem of clergy sexual abuse is much larger than a few charismatic leaders who abuse their power.

Stuff Christians Like: An interview with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the author of the satirical blog Stuff Christians Like and a book by the same title published by Zondervan.

UMHB students help with flood relief

After Tropical Storm Hermine dumped rain on Central Texas, students from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor helped business and home owners in the area clean up in the storm’s aftermath.

Baptist Briefs: Maggie Lee legacy lives on

The second annual “Maggie Lee for Good” day is scheduled Oct. 29—an emphasis on enlisting people to do at least one act of kindness on what would have marked Maggie Lee Henson’s 14th birthday.

Little by little, San Antonio pastor builds home for his family

David Cavazos, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Oriente in San Antonio, has been building a house for his family since August 2009. One nail at a time, Cavazos’ home nears completion.

Civil discourse endangered in U.S., noted Yale law professor insists

Democracy depends on something in short supply today in the United States—civil discourse involving people who disagree, author and legal expert Stephen Carter said.

Faith Digest

The United States tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a worldwide giving index by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation that measures charitable behavior across the globe.
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