Va. jail to stop censoring religious mail

A Virginia jail will stop censoring religious mail after protests from civil rights organizations that clerks had turned Bible-quoting missives from an inmate’s mother into tattered strips of paper signed “Love, Mom.”

Faith Digest: Most U.S. Catholics ambivalent about Latin Mass

More than six in 10 American Catholics have no opinion on the return of the traditional liturgy, according to a new survey.

Church delivers gospel with a side order of pie

A warm apple pie opens doors and hearts to the gospel, as members at First Baptist Church of Shallowater discovered.

Shoes for Orphan Souls collects 2 millionth pair of shoes

Buckner International's Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry has collected its 2 millionth pair of shoes for needy children and families in the United States and around the world.

Back-to-school fiesta draws 700; 41 accept Christ

When Templo Bautista in South Houston held a back-to-school fiesta complete with a backpack giveaway, health and nutrition fair, and a music and magic show, volunteers saw 41 of the nearly 700 participants profess faith in Christ.

BSM outreach sizzling at Texas Tech

Leaders at the Texas Tech University Baptist Student Ministry believe the way to a student’s heart is through his or her stomach. And they hope their 99 Cent Steak Night makes students’ hearts more receptive to the gospel.

Plano church giving hope to children through children

First Baptist Church in Plano aims to give hope to children and through children. With its current campaign, it’s doing both.

Every child has a place at church, author tells ministry summit

Every child deserves a place in a congregation’s education and discipleship efforts,  the keynote speaker told the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Dallas Baptist University Children’s Ministry Summit.

Baptist Briefs: National WMU event slated

“Fulfilled” is the name and the theme of a national Woman’s Missionary Union weekend event Oct. 8-10 at First Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Fla.

Houston-area pastor announces hunger strike for immigration reform

A Baptist pastor plans to launch a public weeklong hunger strike in front of Houston’s municipal headquarters to call for immigration reform. Julio Barquero, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Esperanza in Pasadena, will eat no solid food and drink only water Sept. 7-13 to draw attention to the plight of undocumented workers.

Former Rwandan Baptist pastor on trial for genocide

PORVOO, Finland (ABP) -- A former Rwandan Baptist pastor accused of genocide in the African country's 1994 massacres is standing trial in Finland.
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