Faith Digest

One year after a majority of Americans said they hoped the economy wouldn’t affect their church giving, three in 10 Americans now say they are putting less in the offering plate, a Barna Group study shows.

On the Move

Jeff Bachman to Martindale Church in Martindale as pastor.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s Bearathon March 20 will be the nation’s first cup-free half-marathon—an event to raise scholarship funds for students and promote environmental stewardship.

At 100, minister slows down, but he keeps on serving God

J.W. Archie, who just turned 100 years old, still performs his usual duties as associate pastor for Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Thomas, Ala.

Baptist Briefs: Chile quake devastates churches

About 250 Baptist churches in Chile were destroyed in the powerful earthquake that shook the country Feb. 27, according to the Baptist World Alliance.

Author worries online communities are hurting real ones

Jesse Rice, author of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community, warns that the new social media can encourage attitudes and behaviors that don’t work as well in real life.

Hispanic church uses ‘Daniel fast’ to bring unity, change to congregation

For the past four years, Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor in Conroe has spent 21 days each January in a Daniel fast, modeled after the diet of the Old Testament prophet. Participants only partake of vegetables, fruits and water for three weeks. And they pray, asking God to do mighty acts in their midst.

ETBU Lady Tigers come to fire department’s rescue

East Texas Baptist University helped the Marshall Fire Department develop a new obstacle course for agility testing for firefighters.

Texas Baptists send more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope to Haiti

Texas Baptists have collected more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope—roughly 270,000 pounds of food for Haitians.

Haitian voodoo priest introduced to Christ by Texas Baptist layman

Fred Sorrels, a member of First Baptist Church in Kingsland, led a voodoo priest to faith in Christ while miistering in Haiti.

HPU students rejoice in spiritual victory in Vancouver

Caitlin Woodard, along with fellow Howard Payne University sophomores Nathan Gilbert and Amanda Burley, spent 10 days at the Winter Olympics working with sport chaplains through Action Ministries International.

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