Deaf ministry leader dies at 101

Lillian Beard, a pioneer in deaf ministry in Texas, died June 10 in Houston at the age of 101.

Oil spill prompts environmental soul-searching

While the political debate over the Gulf oil spill’s cause and ripple effect remains polarized, Christian environmentalists pondering the familiar question “What Would Jesus Do?” believe part of the answer includes cutting back on fossil fuels.

Obama nominates Baptist pastor, speaker to be religious-freedom ambassador

President Obama has responded to more than a year of speculation and criticism among advocates for international religious freedom by naming an American Baptist pastor and motivational speaker as the nation’s top diplomat for religious freedom.

Making a joyful noise is its own reward for veteran music director

God gave Olen Reynolds a love for music, and he’s been giving it back ever since. Reynolds, 83, officially has been Allison Baptist Church’s music director the last 61 years, but he started leading the music long before that.

On the Move

David Baysinger to Second Church in La Grange as youth minister from Walnut Creek Church in Azle.

Around the State

Texas Baptist Children’s Home will hold a reunion July 31. The celebration also will include the marking of TBCH’s 60th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of John and Brenda Toner as houseparents.

Joy Fenner receives Elder Statesman Award

Joy Fenner, who has encouraged missions work and missionary education around the globe for decades, was honored June 6 with the Elder Statesman Award from Independence Association.

Faith Digest

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture wants the government to investigate claims that doctors and medical professionals performed unethical experiments on detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

Rosaries a popular gang tool, but not as an aid to prayer

Gang members are using rosary beads for identification, and school crackdowns on the practice are raising questions of religious freedom.

Evangelicals push "€˜theology of sex,"€™ emphasize abortion reduction

The National Association of Evangelicals has launched an initiative to reduce abortions by promoting a “theology of sex” for churches and pledging to find common ground with opponents on abortion.


National Cathedral considers selling rare treasures

Facing a reduced budget and a third round of layoffs, officials at Washington National Cathedral are considering disposing of rare books no longer considered part of its central mission.
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