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Baptist church in Burma ordered to halt worship services

A local government in Myanmar ordered a Baptist church to cease worship services after the pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the country's ruling military junta, Compass Direct News reported Nov. 18.
       

Atheist, Intelligent Design proponent debate God’s existence

Hitchens DembskiThe God of Christianity either is a capricious tyrant who threatens those who reject him with the penalty of everlasting torture, or he is a loving Creator who came to suffer with beings made in his image and provide them eternal life, according to the competing views of two scholars who debated at a suburban Dallas megachurch.

       

Listen to encouragement from the balcony, not voices from the cellar

ChildressTo be emotionally and spiritually healthy, people must listen to the voices that call from their “balconies,” not the whispers from their “cellars,” Kyle Childress urged during the first Faith and Trauma—Light and Darkness Conference in Nacogdoches.

       

U.S. opposes U.N. ban on defamation of religion

The United States continues to oppose a proposed ban on defamation of religion currently before the United Nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Nov. 17.
       

Georgia Baptists oust second church with woman pastor

For the second year in a row, the Georgia Baptist Convention has withdrawn fellowship from one of its most historic member churches for calling a woman as pastor.
       

Civility should rule in global public square, social critic asserts

Os GuinnessIn an increasingly connected world where “religion is furiously alive,” the matter of how people of faith can live with their deep differences assumes growing importance, social critic and author Os Guinness told the Global Faith Forum at NorthWood Church in Keller.

       

Love of God communicated best in multi-ethnic churches, pastor insists

Mark DeYmazChurches in the United States are 10 times more segregated than the neighborhoods in which they are located and 20 times more homogenous than the nearest public schools, the pastor of a multi-ethnic church in Arkansas told the Global Faith Forum, a multifaith gathering at NorthWood Church in Keller.

       

Palestinian-American Christian says eschatology can distort justice

Global Forum panelEnd times theology that equates the modern state of Israel with the Israel of biblical prophecy has caused some evangelical Christians to let eschatology trump ethics when it comes to the Middle East, a Palestinian-American Christian told a general session at the Global Faith Forum at NorthWood Church in Keller.

       

Faith Digest: How much is a Bible website worth?

A disgruntled investor has sued Bible.com, saying the website’s name alone should make it a “goldmine.” James Solakian filed suit against Bible.com, according to the Reuters news agency.
       

U.S. is feeling charitable, just not through churches

Americans are being more generous to religious charities, but why are they skimping on their giving to churches? A new report found that from 2007 to 2008, giving to religious charities went up, but giving to churches went down.
       

Around the State

Contemporary Christian artist duo Shane & Shane will perform at Howard Payne University Nov. 30 as a part of their “Glory in the Highest” Christmas tour.
       
 
 
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