Clergy shortage turns to ministerial glut in some denominations

After a decade-long clergy shortage in America’s pulpits, Christian denominations are now experiencing a clergy glut—with some denominations reporting two ministers for every vacant pulpit.

If there’s a just way to wage war, what about ending one?

As the United States prepares to reduce troop levels in Iraq this summer and Afghanistan next year, the 1,500-year-old "just war" theory is being deployed on a less familiar mission—ending the wars ethically.

Board distances BGCT from gay-affirming Dallas church

Doug WashingtonThe BGCT Executive Board voted May 25 to refuse any financial contributions from Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, which has ordained as deacons practicing homosexuals, and the board asked the church to stop identifying itself as affiliated with the convention. Video Included


Book draws on music of U2 to call for Christian unity

A new book written by a Baptist professor applies theological themes found in the music of the Irish rock band U2 to the quest for Christian unity.

Former pastor, NAMB member, indicted for fleecing flock

A former Southern Baptist pastor in Missouri has been indicted on charges of using his position to defraud church members into loaning him money that he did not repay.

Texas board approves curriculum standards with nationwide impact

In spite of protests, the Texas State Board of Education voted May 21 to approve social studies curriculum standards that urge high school students to examine church-state separation critically—a move likely to affect textbooks nationwide.

Faith Digest: U.S. Catholics vexed at Vatican

Nearly three-quarters of Catholics in the United States believe the Vatican tried to cover up clergy sex abuse, and a majority says Pope Benedict XVI has handled recent reports of past abuse poorly, according to a new poll, but less than 10 percent have considered leaving the Catholic Church over the issue.

For shy worshippers, church can be totally overwhelming

Recent studies reveal introverts make up roughly half of the population. And an  introverted personality can sometimes clash with the prayer-and-share ethos in Christian churches.

'Idaho 10' member blames UNICEF for group's arrest

With the last of 10 Southern Baptist mission volunteers released from a Haitian jail May 17, one of her "Idaho 10" co-laborers is breaking his silence and blames the whole ordeal on meddling by the United Nation's Children Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF.

Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor awarded its first doctoral degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. Six students earned doctoral degrees, 21 received master’s degrees and 281 earned baccalaureate degrees. Andy Davis, pastor of First Church in Belton, was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Barriers of attitude block people with disabilities from full inclusion in churches

A longtime advocate for people with disabilities said the greatest barriers to including special-needs individuals in churches are not architectural or language but rather barriers of attitude.

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