New polls show rising support for gay marriage, little change on abortion

Gay MarriageAbortion and gay rights appear to be decoupling as important dividing lines among Americans when it comes to social issues, according to recent surveys on values, faith and public life.


Baptist campaigns for Congo crimes justice

A Congolese-British Baptist who escaped death by firing squad in her home country three years ago is once again confronting the authorities to speak out against horrific human-rights abuses.

UMHB students build playhouses for children of military families

Dozens of military children received a large playhouse thanks to the efforts of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor students and the Couch Cru, the student-spirit group dedicated to supporting Crusader athletic teams.  Ten student organizations and a faculty group constructed the Cru Playhouses.

Wayland students, employees demonstrate degree of difference

About 150 students, faculty and staff from Wayland Baptist University dedicated a recent Saturday morning to serve their community for the fifth annual Degree of Difference Day in Plainview.

Supreme Court torn on free speech rights, private funeral rites

The last rites of a slain Marine clashed with a small church’s right to preach its anti-gay gospel in oral arguments heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Critics still waiting for action from faith-based office

Six months after advisers turned in 164 pages of recommendations to the White House’s faith-based office, thorny church-state questions remain unanswered and some critics say the office has been used to push the president’s health care reform.

Buckner seeks adoptive families for Russian boys

Buckner International is seeking adoptive families for eight Russian boys.“Unfortunately, boys stay on the adoption waiting list longer than girls do,” said Cindy Davison, marketing director for Dillon International, affiliated with Buckner.

Rise of Hispanic evangelicals said influencing immigration debate

The immigration debate has drawn Latinos into the public square more fully than ever before -- and Hispanic Protestants in particular -- Gabriel Salguero, a noted Latino evangelical author and thinker, recently told an audience at Mercer University.

BRIC nations may help clarify direction of global Christian growth

Philip JenkinsFour emerging economic powerhouses popularly known as BRIC—Brazil, Russia, India and China—may provide building blocks for understanding developments in 21st century global Christianity, missions expert Philip Jenkins told a Baylor University symposium.


Group urges IRS to probe church; calls for end to National Day of Prayer

A church-state watchdog group says the Internal Revenue Service should investigate whether a New York church violated federal tax law by endorsing a Democrat running for governor.

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George Musacchio will present the lecture “Bless the Lord, O My Soul: Meditating on Scripture in the Protestant Tradition” at the Oct. 14 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Ministers’ Forum.
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