Faith Digest

The basic text used for Alcoholics Anonymous programs, known as The Big Book, initially used stronger religious language but was reduced to appeal to a wider audience, The Washington Post reported.

On the Move

Roddy Arnold has resigned as pastor at First Church in Pottsboro.

LifeWay background-check service finds hundreds of felonies

Discounted criminal-background checks offered by LifeWay Christian Resources found more than 600 felony offenses in checks for the 900-plus churches and organizations that have purchased the service in its first two years.

DBU grad wants to play ball for the glory of God

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2009,  DBU graduate Brandon Bantz says he is not out to make a name for himself in professional baseball. He wants to be a hit for another reason.

Congregations struggle to become diverse, retain diversity

More than a half-century after Martin Luther King declared 11 a.m. on Sunday the most segregated hour in America, nine in 10 congregations still have a single racial group that accounts for more than 80 percent of their membership, said Kevin Dougherty, assistant professor of sociology at Baylor University.

Ellis Association’s mission in Honduras takes to the airwaves

Ellis Baptist Association’s ministry to the Lencas of Honduras gets dialed up a notch when its radio station goes on the air Nov. 1.

Moderate Baptists uneasy about evangelical baggage

Are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Mainstream Baptists evangelicals? The answer is yes and no.

Definitions of "evangelical" vary

The National Association of Evangelicals and Christian researcher George Barna offer two definitions of the term "evangelical."

HSU honors veteran River Ministry leader, dedicates exhibit

Elmin HowellHardin-Simmons University honored Texas Baptist River Ministry leader Elmin Howell and his wife, Betty, as missions pioneers and dedicated an on-campus River Ministry exhibit as a tool to educate the next generation of missions workers.

Irving church plants seeds of faith around the world

Desiring to make a global impact for Christ, First Baptist Church in Irving recently sent mission teams to Bangladesh, India, North Korea, Uganda, Honduras, Nicaragua and China, as well as St. Louis and Houston.

Mayberry Bible study asks: ‘What Would Andy Do?’

Joey Fann, who has written The Way Back to Mayberry, a study guide for small groups in churches, wonders what the calm lawman of Mayberry would make of America’s current collective agitation.
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