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Houston Baptist University will hold an organ concert by Crista Miller in the Belin Chapel Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. to mark the first anniversary of the dedication of its Sherry and Jim Smith Organ.
       

Faith Digest: Happiness found in church

Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sundays, according to a study by economists from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Chicago’s DePaul UniveFaith Digestrsity.
       

On the Move

Robert Burkhart to Southview Church in Manvel as associate pastor.
       

Texas Tidbits

Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler exceeded its goal of finding “forever families” for at least 100 orphans through adoption and foster care.
       

Grant's musical journey focuses on joy within the struggles

Amy Grant's latest album, Somewhere Down the Road, chronicles life’s most heart-wrenching moments, as well as the unexpected joys.
       

BCFS, Laredo hospital offer young colonia residents a ‘healthy start’

As part of its “Healthy Start” initiative in colonias along the Rio Grande, Baptist Child & Family Services has entered into a partnership with Doctors Hospital of Laredo to provide medical services through the agency’s comprehensive mobile medical unit.
       

Books challenge consumer-driven church model

Two new books challenge Christians to restore their faith to its true mission and forsake a consumerist mentality some churches adapt in a bid to meet members’ needs.
       

Prescription for spiritual caregivers: ‘Physician, heal thyself’

A survey of United Methodist ministers in North Carolina found them significantly more obese than their socio-economic peers in the general population. Ministers also suffered higher rates for chronic diseases like high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes.
       

Christian counselors say they encounter discrimination over views on homosexuality

When are religious views on homosexuality an issue of religious and academic freedom, and when are they discrimination? That’s a question raised by counselors and educators across the country.
       

ETBU students bless adopted hometown through service projects

First-time freshmen and transfer students at East Texas Baptist University volunteered their time for a community project day before they began attending classes.
       

Living in the midst of fear challenging but possible

Peaceful living in a fear-provoking environment is challenging, even—maybe especially—for Christians. Church leaders suggested several ways Christians can confront fear.
       
 
 
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