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Court ruling on public funds for church playground draws sharply different responses

Ruling on public funds for church playground draws varied responses

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled states sometimes must make public funds available to religious organizations, a decision some Baptists hailed as a victory for religious freedom and others saw as chipping away at the wall of separation between church and state that protects religious liberty.

       
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More than a place to stay; a path to restoration

Eunice Chambless Hospitality House ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of people who arrive to visit loved ones incarcerated in Abilene.

       
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No major U.S. religious groups approve refusing service to homosexuals

Overall in 2016, twice as many Americans disapproved than approved of those who refuse service to a gay person based on religious beliefs—61 percent to 30 percent

       
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Note to your church: Raise $714,000/year to offset Trump budget cuts

Churches can’t “pick up the slack” left by President Trump’s proposed federal budget, Bread for the World’s David Beckmann insists.

       
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Evangelical leaders push for criminal justice reform

Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment, alternatives to incarceration and a different take on the “tough on crime” language of the Trump administration.

       
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Truett’s Gregory comforts mourners remembering ‘Emanuel Nine’

Truett Seminary preaching professor Joel Gregory preached a message of comfort for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on the second anniversary of the shooting there. He urged worshippers to “cling to what is good” despite the evil.

       
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Whole relationships involve God and others, Baylor’s Singletary insists

A person’s relationship with God cannot be made whole if relationships with other people aren’t whole, too, explains Jon Singletary, dean of the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

       
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Students help Dallas bounce back from sub-standard housing

Students from across Texas spent a week in Dallas, helping people improve their homes through Bounce Student Disaster Recovery.

       

On the Move: Vela and Tarver

Two staff changes noted this week.

       
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Around the State: Disaster Relief Day, awards, promotions, more

Churhces around the state will observe Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Day June 25. Texas Baptists also won awards, got promoted and received new jobs.

       
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African-American leader offers to help churches overcome racism

The head of the National African American Fellowship has offered to help congregations combat racism.

       
 
 
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