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.

Galveston church returns to sanctuary two years after Hurricane Ike

Worshippers once again gathered in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Galveston Sept. 12—two years after Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island.

When does human life begin? In Missouri, it’s legally at conception

The question has perplexed philosophers, theologians and scientists for thousands of years: At what point does human life begin?

Mormons catch a glimpse of life in the big leagues

Mormons have been making headlines across the nation—from HBO’s Big Love to California’s Proposition 8, from American Idol wannabe David Archuleta to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to conservative icon Glenn Beck.

Ethnically changing suburbs may require different strategies

Most ethnic minorities live in suburbs, according to a recent Brookings Institute report. Texas Baptists are responding by helping start suburban churches that reflect those areas’ ethnic diversity.

Rural churches measure growth differently, pastors say

Brand New Church in Arkansas and Fairy Baptist Church in Texas are examples of rural churches that follow different worship styles and appeal to different kinds of people.

Population shifts present challenges for rural churches

Rural churches in America face a host of challenges as they seek to continue ministry in their communities. Loss of members through population shift from rural areas to urban centers can drain rural churches.

Poverty moves into suburbia; creates ministry opportunities

Suburban churches don’t need to leave the state, travel to colonias along the Rio Grande or drive into the inner city to meet the needs of the poor. A recent study shows they may not even have to leave their own neighborhoods.

Some rural churches see their calling as providing a laboratory for training ministers

Rural churches, particularly those within driving distance of a seminary or denominational college or university, often become training grounds for ministerial staff.
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