Texas Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage
by Leah Reynolds on June 26, 2015 in news
For the first time in history the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation on Friday, June 26, creating a challenge for churches and Christian organizations that believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, which has around 5,400 affiliated Baptist churches, said: “The Baptist General Convention of Texas is committed to loving, caring and treating all people with grace and respect. Also, we continue to affirm our long held/p>... [continue]
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery funds are used to help in times of disaster. Financial assistance from this fund will be appropriated to our Baptist Partners in Van as needs are expressed.
For many years, churches have been able to directly pay for, or reimburse ministers and other church employees for, the premiums of health insurance policies purchased by the employee without the employee being taxed. As a result of regulations governing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this will – in most cases – no longer be allowed effective July 1, 2015.
At the end of their 2015 term, the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution requires same-sex couples be allowed to marry and states no longer reserve the right to ban same-sex marriage. This ruling could affect our Baptist churches. Is your church prepared for this ruling?
First Baptist Church, Weslaco, is doing so much to reach their community. They wanted the things they are doing to not only be an overgrowth of their fellowship, but also be a part of what God is already doing. Currently, they are working to improve their warming station, as well as finding new ways to reach young believers and their families.
Take a look at how Texas Baptists are working to stop human trafficking. Also in this edition are feature stories on Beach Reach, Pray 4 Every Home, River Ministry and more.
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Two years ago Principal Marta Plata of Manuel Jara Elementary School realized her staff of excellent teachers and leaders could work tirelessly every year to seek to educate their students and empower them to be the best they could be. However, without positive reinforcement at home, many of the lessons taught in the classroom would not change the behaviors of their students.
Through collaboration with Primera Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Plata was able to begin a program called Parent University, which is a 13-week curriculum educating parents on the 40 developmental assets that will help their children succeed. Read more…