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CULTURE DIGEST: Amish growth outpacing most religions in U.S.

As eyes are drawn to the Amish in the midst of a federal hate crimes trial in Ohio, the Amish also are getting publicity as one of the fastest-growing religions in the U.S.

FIRST-PERSON: Atheists in the pulpit — the sad charade of the Clergy Project

Columnist R. Albert Mohler Jr. takes a look at the “Clergy Project,” a group whose “mission” is to support pastors who now are atheists.

FIRST-PERSON: Fishing poles & political polls

Political opinion polls have little value, Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs writes, who advises: “Study the candidates’ positions, become familiar with party platforms, listen to people you respect and, above all, pray.”

Florida Baptists to deploy in ‘second wave’ response to Hurricane Isaac … – Florida Baptist Witness

Opposing Views Florida Baptists to deploy in 'second wave' response to Hurricane Isaac …Florida Baptist WitnessJACKSONVILLE (FBW)-While hordes of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers closest to Louisiana and Mississippi will work through Labor Day weekend to help those displaced by massive flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac, Florida Baptist Disaster …SOUTHERN BAPTISTS TO HELP ISAAC VICTIMSKOKC…

Challenge to clergy tax break clears hurdle

A ministerial housing allowance provision that saves U.S. ministers an estimated $1.2 billion annually in tax exemptions is unfair to other taxpayers not entitled to the same benefit, according to a 2011 lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. By Bob Allen A Wisconsin judge has given a green light to a lawsuit challenging a…

The Mormon moment

Are Mormons Christian? The answer depends on what you mean by the term. By Bob Allen Nearly 200 years after religious zeal prompted a young convert named Joseph Smith to found a movement called the Latter-day Saints, the once-despised minority “cult” increasingly is going mainstream. With a Mormon running for president, a hit Broadway musical titled…

Governor Jindal Deploys Resources to St. John the Baptist Parish to Assist … – Broward Net Online

Broward Net Online Governor Jindal Deploys Resources to St. John the Baptist Parish to Assist …Broward Net OnlineLAPLACE– Governor Bobby Jindal visited St. John the Baptist Parish's Emergency Operations Center Wednesday evening where he met w ith local officials to get a firsthand look at the evacuation efforts in the parish. Storm surge in Lake…

Schmidtke resigns from First Baptist – MyWebTimes.com

Schmidtke resigns from First BaptistMyWebTimes.comOn Thursday, Schmidtke and the church's board of elders issued a joint statement: "(We) have mutually agreed that it is in the best interests of all for him to resign immediately as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Streator. The resignation is …

About 100 TBM volunteers ready to help after Hurricane Isaac – Dallas Baptist Standard

Florida Baptist Witness About 100 TBM volunteers ready to help after Hurricane IsaacDallas Baptist StandardAbout 100 Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief volunteers await deployment to Louisiana and Mississippi within the next week to respond to needs after Hurricane Isaac lashed the Gulf Coast. Terry Henderson, state director of disaster relief for Texas …Florida Baptist Disaster…

Black Baptist group gathers in Atlanta – Associated Baptist Press

Black Baptist group gathers in AtlantaAssociated Baptist PressBy Jeff Brumley. About 20,000 delegates are expected in Atlanta Sept. 3-7 for the 132nd annual session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the oldest and largest of the historically African-American Baptist denominations. Unlike some other …