Dove Award-winners emphasize desire to make a difference

Singer/songwriter Brandon Heath and the groups Jars of Clay and Casting Crowns took top honors at the Dove Awards, sponsored by the Gospel Music Association.

Muslims see double standard in ‘terrorist’ label

When 19 Muslim men crashed two planes into the World Trade Center, it was widely labeled “Islamic terrorism.” So, when nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia laid plans to gun down police officers, is it “Christian terrorism?” Many Muslims, and others, think it should be.

Port Neches drama yields 32 professions of faith in Christ

By the time First Baptist Church in Port Neches completed three days of performances of the evangelistic play Last Chance, the church saw 32 people make decisions to follow Christ and 65 renew their commitments to him. 

Church in Alvin restored 18 months after Hurricane Ike

After a long and trying renovation, South Park Baptist Church in Alvin has emerged from the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike 18 months later to stand restored. And members testify they are more dedicated than ever before to reaching their community for Christ.

Making disciples key to the missions imperative, experts insist

A clear sense of mission for the 21st century demands understanding the theology that underlies the missionary imperative, commitment to teaching the next generation and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, speakers told participants at a Baylor University symposium.

What if Jesus walked on the waters of Lake Wobegon?

For the past two years, Lipscomb religion professor Lee Camp has been hosting Tokens, Nashville’s “new, old-time radio show,” which offers a mix of theology, A-list local musicians, and a hearty helping of Southern-flavored satire.



As controversy lingers, Shroud of Turin still draws a crowd

The Shroud of Turin, long venerated as the actual burial cloth of Jesus, is being exhibited in the Duomo Di San Giovanni Battista in Turin, Italy, for six weeks ending May 23.

Church-state separationists relieved, displeased by desert-cross decision

A divided Supreme Court rendered a complex decision April 28 on the fate of a lonely cross in the California desert. The decision -- the first major church-state case of Chief Justice John Roberts’ tenure -- upset religious-freedom advocates but heartened religious conservatives.

Book urges Christians to go green for God

Jonathan Merritt says he was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised by the response he received after organizing several hundred Southern Baptists in 2008 to issue a statement identifying the environment and climate change as moral issues.

Southern Baptist jailed in Haiti to stand trial on reduced charge

Southern Baptist mission volunteer Laura Silsby will stand trial in Haiti on a charge of arranging irregular travel, CNN reported April 26.

Faith leaders protest Arizona's anti-immigration law

Religious events across the country are being planned this weekend to protest Arizona's new law giving police more power to crack down on illegal immigration. Critics said the bill encourages racial profiling and illustrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

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