Family finds their Angels waiting on the other side of the world

A group of Russian orphans, ages 6 to 12, will arrive in Dallas July 30 for a two-week visit with American host families as part of this year’s Angels from Abroad program, administered by Dillon International through its affiliation with Buckner International.

Barbie gets ordained, and she has the wardrobe to match

With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling—as an Episcopal priest.

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Associated Baptist Press has been given a $125,000 grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation for its 2010 budget.

Congreso draws record number of participants, commitments

CongresoMore than 2,000 participants at Congreso, an annual event for Hispanic Baptist students and young adults, made decisions to follow Christ or deepen their relationship with God.

Michigan Hutaree militia a cult, experts say

Nine members of the Hutaree "Christian" militia in Michigan have been charged with planning to kill a local law enforcement officer and to attack the resulting funeral procession, targeting law enforcement vehicles with improvised explosive devices.Video Included

Some black church leaders feel jilted by President Obama

When President Obama was elected, some black pastors—fresh from a campaign that featured extensive outreach to their churches—expected meetings with the president, or at least to be enlisted as informal advisers. For better or worse, those expectations have largely fallen flat.

Christians outside the West view Scripture differently

Christians in the developing nations read Scripture differently than their brothers and sister in the affluent West, according to missiologist Caleb Oladipo.

Reading the Bible through the eyes of poverty yields different interpretations

Status in society can influence how people read and interpret the Bible—and often how they will act on it, according to some Christian leaders.

Churches wrestle with drop in donations

The number of churches that reported a drop in giving due to the sour economy rose nearly 10 percent last year, according to new survey.

Analysis: Churches can help poor people avoid predatory lending trap

Payday loan outlets have grown like kudzu in recent years. Texas has more payday lender outlets—about 3,000—than it has McDonald’s and Whataburger restaurants combined.

Baylor study links religion to racial prejudice

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King lamented that 11 o'clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America, a Baylor University study suggests that religion itself may be a contributing factor in racial prejudice.

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