Religious leaders decry proposed Texas textbook standards

Two Baptist ministers joined about two dozen other religious leaders in a May 12 press conference at the Texas Capitol to decry school textbook standards they say would weaken instruction about religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Huntsville campus encounters the gospel through a pair of chairs

Each Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters, Lauren Sierra, campus missionary for the Sam Houston State University Baptist Student Ministry, walked to the center of campus where student activities were buzzing, taking with her two metal folding chairs and a white board that read, “Take a seat—questions about life.”Video Included


Music minister adds to massive collection one hymnal at a time

Ever since he discovered at a second-hand bookstore a 1937 Stamps-Baxter paperback edition of Favorite Radio Songs from KRLD in Dallas-- autographed by Virgil Stamps-- Ron Veal's been hooked on hymnals.

Chilean pastors living in tents as winter approaches

More than two months after an earthquake rocked Chile, rains have begun and winter soon will arrive, leaving a group of Baptist pastors bracing for the cold in small tents that have become their impromptu homes in the wake of the disaster.

Researchers probe whether, why, free will exists

Are people really responsible for all the things they do? Do they have “free will” to choose between right and wrong? Those questions are at the heart of a four-year research project at Florida State University to determine whether, and how, free will exists.

University to investigate alleged untruths by seminary president

Liberty University will investigate reports that its seminary president has misled the public in his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity, officials of the school in Lynchburg, Va., announced May 10.

Memorial cross at center of recent Supreme Court case reportedly stolen

A cross in the middle of the Mojave Desert that inspired a passionate Supreme Court debate about religious freedom reportedly has been stolen.

Kagan’s views on church-state, social issues largely unknown

President Obama’s latest Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan has an exceedingly thin paper trail on some of the legal questions most important to people of faith.

On the Move

Joel Bartlett to First Church in Sanger as co-youth minister.

Around the State

Three Tarrant Association churches are teaming up to celebrate their adoption of the Celebrating Grace Hymnal with a hymnody workshop and joint congregational concert.

Faith Digest

A preacher sharing his faith in a demonstrative manner on the Staten Island Ferry will be toning down his sermons after cutting a plea deal to a misdemeanor obstruction charge.
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