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DALLAS – Texas Baptists endorsed Hollas and Nelda Hoffman as the first Oil Patch Chaplains on Monday, February 24, during a meeting of the Executive Board. The Hoffmans, of Gonzales, will serve on the oil fields of South Texas as chaplains. Full Story »
MIDLOTHIAN – Who will go? That is the question that Go Now Missions has been asking college students around the state for the past year. This weekend, 205 students responded to that question with willing and able hearts as they attended Discovery Weekend, an interview and application weekend for summer and fall student missions. Full Story »
Every Friday Students at the University of North Texas BSM and discuss different topics of Christian belief in an activity called Doctrine and Dialogue. At Noon students come together and talk about a chapter from the book Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem. In this book students are taught systematic theology in short chapters… and when I mean short they are super short. At most these chapters are six pages. In SIX pages students, believers can have an understanding of tough theological beliefs and topics found in the Bible. Last semester we covered the following topics:
- What is the Bible?
- What is God like?
- What is the Trinity?
- What is Creation?
- What is Prayer?
- What are Angels, Satan, and Demons?
- What is Man?
- What is Sin?
- Who is Christ?
- What is the atonement?
It is these topics I have seen significant growth in the students who come. Students from all areas of faith are invited to come and discuss these beliefs. Often we have students who are not believers come in and argue their thoughts on this and the crazy thing is they are welcomed too. The students have created an atmosphere that allows others to really determine what they believe and get there at their own time while showing them what scripture says about these topics. This semester we are discussing ten different topics and we have added a video of interviews that show what UNT feels about the topic we are discussing. These are the topics we will be discussing this semester:
- What is the Resurrection?
- What is the Election?
- What Does it mean to Become a Christian?
- What are Justification and Adoption?
- What are Sanctification and Perseverance?
- What is Death?
- What is the Church?
- What will Happen when Christ Returns?
- What is the final Judgement?
- What is Heaven?
It is a joy to watch as students really dig into these topics. As believers it is important to understand, develop, and defend our beliefs on certain topics of the Bible. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live every day. Doctrine and Dialogue is preparing students to know how to walk a non-believer friend through these topics, but also preparing them for future leadership in the church.
I invite you to pray for these students as they learn what it is as Christians we believe, but also as they walk through these topics with their friends. It is encouraging to know that college students want to have a solid stand on these issues and maybe this will encourage all of us to do the same.
Here is what UNT said about What is the Resurrection? Just click on the link and it will show you the interviews from students on campus. https://vimeo.com/85315818
BUTTE, Montana – One Friday night, as I was getting ready for bed, I looked outside and realized that I would be spending Saturday morning shoveling snow from the church sidewalks. Again. This made four days that week and three in a row. I set out a reminder for myself in the morning, knowing what my temperament would be. Full Story »
As he watched his three-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth, go from door to door in a small neighborhood in Laredo, Ryan Jespersen saw the love of Christ overflowing from her enjoyment of preaching to people that stopped to listen as she told them that Jesus loved them. Full Story »
My name is Justin Langford, and I am serving this semester in Butte, Montana, through Go Now Missions. The main portion of my ministry here is with college students at Montana Tech through both the Baptist Student Union and Park Street Baptist Church. Full Story »
While working the hat stand in a Ukrainian market, Emma French, a student at University Mary-Hardin Baylor, met a boy named Dennis. He was looking for a warm hat to take back to his village for another child who needed it. Full Story »