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Raising Highly Capable Kids program sees continued growth around the state

FORT WORTH—With flowers in hand, students at W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth assembled in the school’s auditorium last week to witness an extraordinary sight—their parents’ graduation. Seventeen parents took…

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Two former pastors to serve as Area 8 representatives

DALLAS—Over 900 Texas Baptists churches are located in the North Texas region surrounding Dallas, also known as Area 8, where diversity is vast and culture is ever-changing. Texas Baptists has recently welcomed former…

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Baptist University of the Américas to relocate entire campus

SAN ANTONIO – Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) students will enjoy a modern campus when they move into one building that provides more square footage and up-to-date facilities for Fall 2016. The 68-year-old university on…

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TBDR mobilizes 450 volunteers to N. Texas tornado relief

ROWLETT: Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) mobilized 450 volunteers over the past two weekends to Rowlett and Garland in response to the tornadoes which rattled several North Texas communities Dec. 26. Willing…

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Hunger Offering partners with Baugh Foundation for refugee relief in Serbia

AUSTIN – December 2, 2015 – In response to an overwhelming number of Syrian refugees flooding into Europe and through a generous gift from the Baugh Foundation, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering sent $15,000 to Serbia on Tuesday…

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Autonomy—A key principle in Baptist diversity and unity

One of the key distinctives of a Baptist church, suggested Julio Guarneri during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists, is the concept of local church autonomy, rooted in the free access to God granted through the sacrifice of Jesus…

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Singing Men of Texas celebrate 40 years of impact on music and worship

More than 1,200 attendees gathered on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Singing Men of Texas [SMOT], providing a beautiful ending to the 130th Annual Meeting for Texas Baptists. Hosted by Cottonwood Creek…

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Missions update showcases wide range of Texas Baptists partnerships

The Tuesday afternoon worship session at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting featured a broad update on many of the missions efforts the convention has identified as priorities. Without the generosity of convention churches, none of…

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Three students awarded scholarships for reflections on Baptist Distinctives

In the Tuesday morning session of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, Steve Vernon, associate executive director for Texas Baptists, introduced the winners of Texas Baptists’ first sermon and essay scholarship contests. Baylor…

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When words are not enough

“Do this in remembrance of me.” These words of Christ reverberate in the ears of His followers. He commands action. When words are not enough and language reaches its limit, Christians enter into Christ’s suffering and death…

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Our Great Salvation: A Unifying Concept for Life and Baptists

During the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists, Todd Still, dean and professor at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, provided a workshop on the concept of salvation and how it has been broadly understood throughout Texas Baptist…

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Honors Three at Annual Luncheon

The 2015 Mission Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation took place during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists in Frisco on Nov. 9. Greeting those who had gathered for the luncheon held at…

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​Annual Meeting sermon: In an ever-changing world, dissension matters

Life is more than just football games and weather forecasts. God made us spiritual beings and therefore spiritual discussions matter, said Taylor Sandlin, pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, during the annual sermon…

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Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord's Supper

There is not a Gospel message, which cannot be shared around the table, according to presenters at “Beyond Words: Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord’s Supper”, an Annual Meeting workshop led by Jennifer Garcia…

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​Advocacy for 'the least of these' as evangelism

You’re standing on a riverbank looking up at a roaring waterfall. You watch as person after person washes over the edge and plunges 100 feet into the water. They’re drowning. You can pull them out and try to save them one at a…

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​The essence of Christianity is the Lordship of Christ

Jesus is the most significant person to live on the face of the world, Paul Powell, dean emeritus at George W. Truett Seminary, shared during a Monday afternoon workshop at the Annual Meeting in Frisco. Speaking on the Lordship…

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​Baptism in today's church

On Monday morning of the 2015 Annual Meeting, Stephen Stookey, a fellow of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, and Dr. Alan Lefever, director of the Texas Baptists Historical Collection, led a workshop on “Believer’s Baptism and…

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​Evangelism efforts produce good fruit in Texas

Though he’s new to his role in the convention, Great Commission Team Director Delvin Atchison already has big dreams for what Texas Baptists can accomplish in our state and beyond. During Monday’s evangelism luncheon at…

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Hardage thanks Texas Baptists for commitment to impacting the state

Texas Baptists are engaged in exciting work around the state, according to Executive Director David Hardage’s report during Monday’s business session at the Annual Meeting. Hardage introduced several staffers beginning new work…

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​Texas Baptists elect diverse panel of officers for second consecutive year

FRISCO–For the second consecutive year, Texas Baptists messengers have elected a diverse officer panel with René Maciel, president of the Baptist University of the Americás [BUA], elected as President. The election was held during…

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Why Baptists are a people of freedom

The pursuit of freedom has long been a driving force for Baptists, according to a panel discussion on Monday morning led by Dr. Stacey Conner, Bill Tillman and Steve Vernon. “Baptist Freedom – Model for the 21st Century” was one of…

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African American Fellowship encourages an attitude of humbleness and wisdom

THE COLONY—We may do things differently, we may think differently, we may worship in different styles, we may speak different languages, but God calls us to one Gospel, Dr. Ponce L. Brown, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and…

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Hispanic Baptists rally around Baptist Distinctives

Hispanic Baptists gathered Sunday night at a rally, which marked the end of the Hispanic leadership conference and the beginning of the broader Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. “This year’s focus is the Baptist distinctives…

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McLeod awarded for exceptional leadership in Intentional Interim Ministry

DALLAS—Dr. Jimmy McLeod, Intentional Interim Ministry pastor of Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas, was presented the 2015 Maples, Williamson, Daehnert (MWD) Award by the Texas Baptists’ Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM)…

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Texas Baptists respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis

With little more than clothes on their backs, displaced Syrian families are fleeing their war-torn homeland daily, seeking refuge as far away as the United States. But some neighboring countries have been welcoming refugees…

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Texas Baptists Great Commission Team to undergo staff changes

Effective Nov. 1, the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team will undergo staff changes under the direction of Dr. Delvin Atchison, who assumed the role of director in mid-September. Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas…

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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program giving during Annual Meeting

DALLAS – This year, during the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Frisco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in…

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Texas Baptists to observe Baptist roots at Annual Meeting

FRISCO—Texas Baptists are examining their roots at the Nov. 8-10 annual meeting with the theme “Deep Roots: Living Legacy.” The meeting at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and will center around Colossians 2:6-7, with a special emphasis…

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Executive Board recommends $35.42 million budget for 2016

DALLAS- At the Sept. 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved to recommend a 2016 net budget of $35.42 million to messengers at the Nov. 8-10 Annual Meeting. …

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Larsen named finalist for CFO of the Year award

Texas Baptists’ Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Jill Larsen has been named a finalist for Dallas Business Journal’s CFO of the Year award. Larsen was selected and named a finalist by a panel of independent judges after being…

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Texas and Mexico Baptists partner to rebuild border town of Acuña, Mexico

Four months ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Acuña, Mexico and hit with a ferocity that has not been witnessed in more than 100 years. Baptists in both Texas and Mexico are gearing up to assist in recovery…

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Atchison named director of Great Commission Team

DALLAS–On Sept. 16, Texas Baptists welcomed Delvin Atchison, former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco, as director of the Great Commission Team. Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the…

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to respond to Myanmar summer flooding

Dr. Mang Tiak of Houston could not eat or sleep for days when she heard news that flooding in late July wrecked her Myanmar hometown. “Many people were suffering,” she explained. “It really hit me, and I felt like I needed to do…

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Texas Baptists dedicate new Rambler Park office space

After three days of unpacking crates and settling into new workstations, the Texas Baptists staff gathered together for a dedication of the eleventh and twelfth floors of the Rambler Park building located at 7557 Rambler Rd. in…

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Texas Baptists passes Baptist Building legacy to Baylor University nursing school

DALLAS- On Wednesday, Texas Baptists held a monumental “passing the mantle” ceremony to commemorate the legacy of Texas Baptists at 333 N. Washington Ave. in Dallas and the future of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School…

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Boomers are turning 65 at 10,000 per day, are churches ready?

SAN ANTONIO—With the baby boomer generation turning 65-years-old at nearly 10,000 people per day, churches have the opportunity to reach a generation like they have never been reached before. On September 9-11, Texas Baptists…

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Disaster Recovery trip combines missions with summer fun

GALVESTON–Last week, volunteers teamed up with Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) to take part in a unique missions experience—one that allowed opportunities for mornings of servant-hearted labor and afternoons of…

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FBC Carrollton Teenager Wins National Speakers’ Tournament

CARROLLTON – First Baptist Church in Carrollton has an impressive reputation for producing award-winning Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament students. This year was no different with Hannah Mathes taking home first place in the…

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Baylor University's continued stance on sexual ethics

Recently the Baylor Board of Regents changed the language of their student conduct policy. This action has been represented in a number of ways through headlines and news reports. Judge Ken Starr, president of Baylor…

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African American Fellowship given a charge to keep, elects 2016 officers

Sugar Land—A lineup of passionate speakers and jubilant worship at this year’s African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference (AAFC) made for a spirit of joy and encouragement amongst guests, giving them a “charge to…

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African American Fellowship Emphasizes Faithfulness to God

SUGAR LAND – Amongst a chorus of amens, Pastor Oscar Epps of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Desoto brought a message of God’s unconditional faithfulness. The African American Fellowship Conference kicked off on July 14…

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What is your growth plan?

If someone were to ask, “What is your growth plan for your life?” – would you have an answer? Many of us may fail to come up with an immediate response, but it is a plausible question to consider. In the past few years, the…

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Hispanic Baptists urged to stand firm in faith

AUSTIN – An estimated 11 million Hispanics live in Texas, with projections of Hispanics becoming the largest ethnic group in the state within a decade. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Hispanic Baptist churches seeking to share…

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​Camp Exalted encourages spiritual growth for 290 youth

From amusing games of human foosball to deep-hearted discussions in family groups to spirit-led worship, students at Camp Exalted gained both new friendships and spiritual growth June 22-26. Nearly 300 students attended…

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Louie Giglio challenges youth at North Texas YEC

The June 19-20, North Texas Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) brought an overflowing crowd of students to Venue 510 in Burleson, where renowned pastor and author Louie Giglio gave a challenging message. Giglio, founder of…

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Texas Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

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…

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Leadership Texas Baptists seeking emerging leaders

DALLAS – Texas Baptists is launching Leadership Texas Baptists this fall, a new program aimed at emerging leaders. Leadership Texas Baptists is a nine-month experience to engage, equip, and inform emerging leaders from churches…

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Culp and Spooner receive Texas Baptist Legacy Awards

INDEPENDENCE—Deep in the heart of Texas at historic Independence Baptist Church, friends, family and former co-workers of Jim Culp and Bernie Spooner gathered to honor the veteran denominational leaders at the annual Texas…

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A burdened heart for the lost, Former FBC Shallowater pastor joins evangelism team

Texas Baptists welcomes Mitch Wilson, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Shallowater, as director of church evangelism. In his 19 years of pastoring at FBC Shallowater, which is located just seven miles outside of…

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Executive Board encouraged by testimonies of BSMs, discuss church planting increases

DALLAS – Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) directors are being missional on college campuses, a place not like any other in America, Bruce McGowan, director of Collegiate Ministries shared with Executive Board members on Monday, May…

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TBDR seeks volunteers and funding to help Central Texas flood victims

SAN MARCOS – Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been…

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Texas Baptists assist FBC Mineral Wells following tornado damage

MINERAL WELLS – A tornado tore through downtown Mineral Wells on Tuesday, May 19, damaging First Baptist Church, along with several local businesses. The next day, Texas Baptists were on-hand ready to help in a myriad of ways…

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Cyclists weather storms to end hunger

When you are driven by a great cause, like working to end the cycle of hunger and poverty experienced by millions worldwide, a 500-mile bike ride seems a little more possible. Twenty-nine cyclists from across Texas, along with a…

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Disaster Recovery prepares to respond to Van tornado destruction

A deadly tornado, which struck the Texas town of Van Sunday, May 10, has affected 204 total homes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) is on the ground assessing damage and preparing to begin volunteer mobilization…

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Cyclists to ride 500 miles with Bike Out Hunger to raise awareness for hunger

On Monday, May 11 , the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger will leave from Boerne, raising money and awareness for hunger needs through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. This year’s week-long route includes 29 cyclists who will ride…

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Golf Classic brings in $15,000 for disaster recovery

Blue skies and a bright shining sun made an appearance as 265 golfers stepped onto the green of the TPC San Antonio golf course on April 27 for the second annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic. The tournament raised an…

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2015 State Youth Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament winners named

Eighty-seven youth representing 35 churches competed in the Texas Baptist State Youth Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament May 1 and 2 at the Baptist Building in Dallas. Prior to the competition, students competed in one of…

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Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Update on Nepal Earthquake

In response to the devastation experienced in Nepal following the 7.9 earthquake on April 25, Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery has been in communication with several partnering Baptist entities worldwide. TBDR leaders have been…

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A fire set ablaze at the WMU annual meeting

Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scripture to us? Luke 24:32, GNT For her birthday last year, IMB missionary Staci Powers’ most treasured gift was having her husband…

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CLC opens doors for advocates to interact at the Capitol

AUSTIN – Advocates work for the best interest of all, the voiceless, or marginalized, Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Christian Life Commission, shared with attendees at CLC Advocacy Day. The event was…

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​Disaster Recovery offers affordable Galveston mission trip and vacation for the whole family

During the week of July 26-31, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) will be hosting its first-ever family mission trip to Galveston Island, where volunteers will have an opportunity to spend mornings on the worksite and…

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Prepare your church for same-sex marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is ready to consider the issue of same-sex marriage, and the court’s eventual ruling could affect how the State of Texas defines marriage. If change occurs, it will affect the relationship of all Texas…

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Missions Foundation welcomes Dr. Jerry Carlisle as Vice President

Texas Baptists will welcome Dr. Jerry Carlisle to the position of Vice President for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) starting April 16. Carlisle comes to Texas Baptists after serving 13 years as senior pastor at…

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States need RFRA matching federal model, like Texas

The Christian Life Commission staff believes it is wise for each state to pass RFRA laws or constitutional amendments that mirror the federal RFRA language. The Texas RFRA mirrors the federal RFRA, both passed with bipartisan…

Student disaster recovery responds to Tulsa tornadoes

In response to Wednesday night’s tornadoes that brought devastation to many homes and families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery has announced a mission opportunity for students to help the city in its road to…

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Texas Baptists contribute over $17,000 to winterize and bring the Gospel to Syrian refugees

Through generous offerings, Texas Baptist churches and individuals have contributed over $17,600 to the Texas Baptists’ Winterization Project, which is helping bring warmth and the Gospel to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The vision…

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Love in deed: Churches embrace timely opportunity for refugee ministry

HOUSTON—Now is a time, like no other, to be prepared to minister with refugees, Mark Heavener, specialist for Texas Baptists’ intercultural ministry, told guests at the Feb 27-28 Love in Deed: Refugee Ministry Summit held at…

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Executive Director serves as Pastor of the Day for Texas Senate

On Tuesday, March 10, Texas Baptists’ Executive Director Dr. David Hardage is serving as the Pastor of the Day for the Texas Senate, and prayed during the legislative session, beginning at 11 a.m. Thank you for being in prayer…

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HSU, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists encourage and equip women in ministry

The 2015 Women in Ministry Conference, hosted by Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists, was held on Friday, February 20, 2015. The Ninth Annual conference drew women and men alike, from across…

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February 2015 Executive Board Review

DALLAS – Amidst ice and freezing temperatures, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened February 22-24 for their spring meeting. During Tuesday’s combined business session, President Kathy Hillman…

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​Did You Know It Pays to Prey on the Poor In Texas?

An unexpected medical bill, car trouble, buying school supplies, a funeral or a summer utility bill—one or many of these expenses have pushed countless Texans to the financial brink. Needing a way to meet the unexpected…

BGCT Executive Board approves resolution on transgender issues

DALLAS—At its Feb 23-24 meeting in Dallas, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas unanimously approved a resolution on transgender issues, declaring gender is determined biologically, not psychologically…

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Hardage announces convention restructure to BGCT Executive Board

DALLAS – Texas Baptists is preparing for a convention reset, Executive Director Dr. David Hardage announced at the Feb. 23 Executive Board meeting in Dallas, as they seek to best serve the state and churches in an ever-changing…

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State of the State

On February 17, Governor Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State address. The State of the State was first given by Governor J. Pickney Henderson in 1845, after Texas joined the Union. The State of the State is required by…

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Removing obstacles to evangelism

When Leslie Strobel became a Christian, she was so excited about the new life she had in Christ. But, she was also heavily burdened for her husband, Lee. A self-proclaimed atheist who actively pursued hedonism and pleasure over…

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Teaching men to fish

The adage is well-known: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Texas Baptists are both “giving fish” and “teaching to fish” — physically and spiritually — by…

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CLC Advocacy Day

CLC Advocacy Day will be held Thursday, March 5, at First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 302 W. 13th St., Austin, TX 78701. The CLC Advocacy Day is an opportunity for you to participate in the work of the CLC…

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CERI aids families affected by flooding in Sri Lanka

BATTICALOA , SRI LANKA — On December 23, 2014, nearing the tenth anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami that claimed more than 226,000 souls and left Indonesia’s island nations and the lives of their people utterly…

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Texas Baptists sign lease for new Dallas office space

Texas Baptists executives signed a lease agreement on December 29, 2014, for new office space in Dallas approximately eight miles north of its current building location. More than two years ago, Baylor University approached Texas…

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Texas Baptists celebrate MLK Day by packing 23,000 meals

DALLAS—The phrases, “Vitamins!” “Protein! and “Vegetables!” echoed across the concrete walls of Texas Baptist Men’s Dixon Mission Equipping Center as 175 Texas Baptist volunteers packed 23,000 meals on Martin Luther King, Jr…

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Connections

Department: Connections Team Explain your ministry: The Connections Team builds relationships with pastors and church leaders, connecting them to the resources, programs and ministries available through the Texas…

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Angie Carter

It all starts with a relationship. Most people won’t respond to something that doesn’t feel genuine – be real, vulnerable, and honest, and God will do the rest Name: Angie Carter Spouse: Nathan Children…

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Texas Baptists loving neighbors through Hunger Offering

This month, the Christian Life Commission is set to distribute funds to 117 ministries throughout the state of Texas and more than 67 international ones through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That is a reflection of the…

Ebola and starvation in West Africa: Nearly 998,000 meals arrive with more on the way

It was a joyful holiday season for many Liberians and Sierra Leoneans as they received 997,920 pre-packaged rice and high-nutrition meals sent by Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) in partnership with multiple…

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New opportunities in a new year

In Isaiah, the Lord tells the Israelites that His servants will faithfully bring forth justice to the nations and describes them as a light to the nations capable of opening blind eyes, breaking the chains of the oppressed, and…

The Long Haul

I want to tell you a story about my friend Larry Venable. Larry has been pastor of Freeman Heights Baptist Church for 31 years. 31 years in the same church, coming to same office, ministering in the same community. This community…

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‘Tis the season—for refugees—to merely survive

For many in the United States, 'tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with family and friends. 'Tis the season to sing merry Christmas tunes and to be grateful for freedom, relatives and Grandma’s cooking. But for…

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Political leaders still need to address immigration issues

Recently, President Obama announced steps he is taking to help undocumented immigrants living in our country. The executive action increases border security in addition to providing temporary relief for some families and…

School and church work together to help build stronger families in their community

FORT WORTH—Parents in a community on the north side of Fort Worth are spending one hour a week for 13 weeks in their children’s classrooms, gaining a unique education of their own. This is the second term for what is…

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East Texas Cornerstone Assistance Network

We realized our old methods of helping were not really providing people with the help they truly needed. In fact, some of our solutions were creating problems because they made people dependent on us. Church: Green Acres…

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Matt Snowden

“Joy. I love teaching on joy. The joy of the Lord is so powerful. It is a stream in the desert.” -Pastor Matt Snowden Name: Matt Snowden Wife: Meredith Snowden Children: Molly Katherine and Wes Snowden (ages 8…

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African American Fellowship admires God as a God of justice

WACO—Though revenge seems sweet and payback fair, God commands His followers to let Him take control of the situation, Pastor John Ogletree from First Metropolitan Church in Houston told guests at the African American…

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Dramatic presentations part of this year's annual meeting

“Theatre for the Mind and Spirit” is coming to the Texas Baptist annual meeting Monday, Nov. 17. This is how Bruce Kuhn describes his dramatic presentations. Kuhn will be part of the morning and evening worship services at…

'The Blind Side' couple to end BGCT Annual Meeting

The BGCT Annual Meeting this year will end with a special event on the Baylor University campus. Baylor President Ken Starr will host a “conversation” with Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy, the couple featured in the book and movie…

Kathryn Freeman

Name: Kathryn Annette Freeman Ministry: Christian Life Commission Position: Director of Public Policy Where did you grow up? Grand Prairie, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and…

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Ministry Profile: Christian Life Commission

Department: Christian Life Commission Staffers: Gus Reyes, Director; Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics & Justice, Coordinator, Texas Baptist Hunger Offering; Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy; Marilyn Davis…

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Live the Difference: around the world

This year’s Annual Meeting theme is “Live the Difference.” We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here’s what Sandra Wisdom-Martin, executive director of WMU of Texas…

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Houston subpoenas raise religious liberty concerns

The City of Houston gained national attention last week as a result of subpoenas sent to five local pastors seeking “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or…

Inspiring the next generation, youth ministry as a divine appointment

ARLINGTON: Youth ministry is a calling that comes along with great trials but even greater rewards, including seeing the salvation of young souls and the opportunity to inspire a generation of future leaders. Speakers at…

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Ellis Orozco

When I was working as an engineer, God made it clear that I was in the wrong place; He wanted me to prepare myself to serve him for the rest of my life. I have never regretted it and have never looked back! -Ellis …

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Run:4Justice

As a church we committed to a partnership to curtail sex trafficking in Cambodia. Then, last year we also partnered with two other churches for an area-wide Choose Life 5k to raise funds for multiple crisis pregnancy centers in the…

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CLC director expresses concern regarding Houston subpoenas

Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, has released the following statement regarding the City of Houston’s subpoenas sent to five churches: “We are glad Mayor Annise Parker now agrees with critics that…

Texas Baptists prepare to Live the Difference

WACO – Texas Baptists’ annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco will be an opportunity to see what it means to truly “Live the Difference.” The meeting, to be held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme verse from 1…

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Live the Difference: on social media

This year’s Annual Meeting theme is “Live the Difference.” We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here’s what Katie Swafford, director of Counseling Services, had to say: …

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Ebola crisis leads to starvation; Texas Baptists send 570,000 meals in response

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Though media is flooded with news of the Ebola crisis, a calamity nearly as fatal—starvation—has risen in West African countries due to the virus. In response to this dire need, Dallas-based Texas…

Texas Baptist Hunger Offering needs end-of-year boost

Texas Baptists are generous, but our giving to fight hunger and poverty has lagged this year. Through August, Texas Baptists gave $548,395 through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That’s a lot of money, but it is significantly…

Saying thanks to your pastor

Being a pastor can many times be a thankless job. One works seemingly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – going from meeting to counseling session to hospital visit. Not to mention the time needed to prepare for Sunday’s sermon…

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Understanding the city and the culture

Cities are known for their cultures and for their role of influence in societies. Also, there are other forces, which are constantly shaping the city and its cultures. But today, it is crucial for us to understand the city, the…

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Executive Board approves purchase of BUA property

DALLAS – During the September 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved for the convention to purchase 12.87 acres of land in San Antonio currently owned by the…

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Bill Arnold

Name: Bill Arnold Spouse: Margaret Children: Meredith and Jonathan Grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Jake, and Hank Ministry: Providing financial resources for Texas missions Position: President of the Texas Baptist Missions…

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Department: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Staffers: Bill Arnold, President; Larry Thomas, Vice President; Bob Feather, Consultant; Marcy Strube, Donor Relations Coordinator; Rita Griffith, Administrative Assistant …

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Internet Church and you

Live streaming, podcasting, providing worship services online…there are many different ways for churches today to offer online options for their congregations. What works for one church may not work for another, but there are…

Southern Dallas historic freedman town welcomes cowboy culture

Just six miles south of downtown Dallas is Joppa Community, an area where former slaves gathered to celebrate their first taste of freedom in the 1860s and now is the present-day home of Buffalo Soldiers Cowboy Church. …

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3 ways to guard from a major mess up in a missional lifestyle

Pet training, or “obedience school for dogs,” is held in a very distracting place for your dog to walk. I am referring to the dog training class at PetSmart. In our class, the trainer is a young man who handled bomb dogs in the…

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Texas Baptists promote educational initiatives for Sept. 18 giving day

DALLAS -Texas Baptists are taking part in North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18 by highlighting two initiatives in the North Texas community. Funds given toward the Baptist General Convention of Texas will help build an outdoor…

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Vision 6000

Church: First Baptist Church of El Paso Pastor: Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. Initiative: “Vision 6000” What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community? “Vision 6000” seeks to stir the imagination…

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Pastor Oscar Epps

Name: Oscar D. Epps, Sr. Spouse: Belenthia Children: Destany, Oscar Jr., Aderius Church: Community Missionary Baptist Church, Desoto, TX Number of Years: 21 Attendance: 3,000 Where did you grow…

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Tears, Courage and New Beginnings

Andrea Nedorostova was born and raised in the second biggest city of Czech Republic called Brno. Playing tennis competitively her whole life brought her to the United States when she received a scholarship to attend Northwestern…

THE BIG DOG and 5 ways to effectively knock on doors

Clap, Clap, Clap, “This will make the dog leave us alone.” This was trick the pastor of a church meeting in our building was telling me would help keep a very large, very scary, very loud dog from jumping all over us the minute…

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Conference inspires ministry leaders to

More than 250 individuals from churches across the country “caught the boomer wave” at the second annual National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 4-5 at First Baptist Church in Dallas. Hosted by Texas Baptists Bible Study/…

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Burrito Blog

While waiting in line at a Welcome Week event, Jenny and Cole met two international students, Lucy and Yorick, who just recently arrived in Texas from China. They made a discovery – the pair had never before eaten a burrito…

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Lay down your burdens

This story is 3 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Sexual abuse – An uncomfortable phrase for most of us and a horrific experience and reality for far too…

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Seeds of destruction: the city of West

Andrea Nedorostova was born and raised in the second biggest city of Czech Republic called Brno. Playing tennis competitively her whole life brought her to the United States when she received a scholarship to attend Northwestern…

​Texas Baptists raise $182,000 for hunger through Mother’s Day Offering

DALLAS – Texas Baptists gave more than $182,000 to help end hunger and poverty through the Second Annual Mother’s Day Hunger Offering. These gifts are used for hunger relief and anti-poverty programs both in Texas and abroad. …

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A fascinating day in the Quilombola village

On August 9, Linda Freeman (a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth) and Bertha Vaughn (a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Houston) joined seven other Texas Baptist church leaders through the African…

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No they're not here

” No they’re not here. No they’re not here. No they’re not here.” This is the response that the folks at Grace Temple Baptist Church of Dallas received as they walked down 10th St. on a hot summer day. They were looking for the…

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Fajita Feed

No, we aren’t feeding fajitas. We are feeding students. About 1,800 of them, in the middle of campus, at lunch time, on the first day of the semester. The Father has blessed the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at the University of…

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TBMF celebrates 30 years of making a difference

DALLAS—The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) celebrated 30 years of giving toward missions and ministries with a luncheon held at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1984, TBMF began as a two-year experiment to…

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CCDA vision trip to McAllen

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things. Romans 10:15 Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery hosted a leadership group of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) on a vision trip to the…

Construction nears completion for 16 Filipino pastors’ homes

ILOILO CITY, the Philippines – In January, Texas Baptist churches were asked to respond to a great need in the Philippines following damage cause by Typhoon Haiyan. A request was sent out from Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery…

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A Church on Mission

A new neighborhood, a new school, and a new place without the foundation of family and a familiar community—all of us know how hard that would be for a young person. Yet one little girl’s mother, Tasha, was praying and asking…

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Where the healing begins

This story is 2 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject and many times hearing about the pain and struggles loved ones have…

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Attorney named CLC’s director of public policy

AUSTIN – Kathryn Freeman has been named director of public policy for Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission (CLC). The CLC helps Texas Baptists, churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues…

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Alaska: Making an impact

Allison Dufour, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, served in Alaska with Go Now Missions. It has been just over a week since my return home from Alaska back. This last week has been a whirlwind emotionally…

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Victoria church embraces its Jerusalem

VICTORIA – Through discovering a community need and a partnership with the local food bank, Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Victoria has begun a feeding program that is making an impact in both the city and the church. “We…

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Boldly sharing Christ in South Asia

B.B., a student from Texas A&M University, served with Go Now Missions in South Asia this summer. Well jet lag is a beast. It’s currently 5 a.m. and I can’t sleep because I’ve crossed about 11 time zones to get home, but in this…

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The Israel battlefield, from the eyes of a missionary

Lana Fashi Zayed is a missionary in Israel with the Arabic Church of Dallas as her sending church. She asks for prayer as she and her husband search for a vehicle and give birth to their firstborn this month. They will be visiting…

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New York: Busy summer ends

Sadly, our summer interns are leaving New York City. It was such a privilege to serve with these 15 young adults for two months. I learned so much from them. Helping coordinate this summer internship was a privilege and a blessing…

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Quebec: Afraid to believe

Trying to communicate camp rules and activities to the French campers was challenging enough. Keeping the campers focused and interested during devotional time is a whole different ball game – especially when I’m trying to discuss…

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Embracing Central American families in Laredo

LAREDO – As River Ministry Coordinator Mario Garcia drives Central American families back and forth from the Greyhound bus station nearly every day, he cannot help but think of the paralyzed man Jesus healed in Mark 2. “It’s not…

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Because of where you have been

This story is 1 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Tricia Martin* was a fun-loving preacher’s kid in the 1970s who played outside constantly and never met…

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Orlando: When the world comes to us

Central Florida is fortunate to be blessed with more than 50 million souls to minister to throughout the year. Orlando has broken its record of people passing through the city with 59 million people, representing different…

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A Christian view on the border crisis

If one were to put 10 Baptists in a room, one would come up with 15 different opinions on something. The political issue of immigration is no different. In this blog, Dr. Ken Coffee points us beyond the politics of the current…

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Vancouver: A summer of sowing seeds ends

Here in Vancouver, we’ve been hanging out with some university students every Thursday this summer to play Ultimate Frisbee. They’ve let us join in supporting their team, even though not all of us play. They’ve let us come along to…

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England: God had other plans

I was super-sad to leave Manchester. I had grown to love the missionaries, my teammate, the church I attended and the non-Christians I had befriended. I was flying back to Texas alone. I was tired from staying up late saying…

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BSM nears $2 million goal for new facility

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has issued a $400,000 challenge grant to Texas Baptists to complete the funding for a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building on the campus of the University of North Texas…

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Massachusetts: Lessons from a cupcake

It should come as no surprise to me that God is continuing to teach me through the tiny tots I so enjoy being with. But one lesson was far more subtle than usual, and it has taken me a few days reflection on an adorable moment to…

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Pastors rally in prayer at the border

MCALLEN-Over 50 Hispanic pastors, leaders and family members gathered in McAllen July 26, to pray over the current circumstances regarding the Central American families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The prayer…

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Georgia: Well done, my good and faithful servant

These are the words we all long to hear. “You did well my Daughter, come rest with me for eternity to come.” There will be a time that comes when we stand in front of our Maker, as He evaluates the life we’ve lived, and the work…

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Following Christ involves welcoming children

Parents will do just about anything to help their children. In Central America, parents are trying to help their children in ways that may seem odd and downright unwise to those of us in the United States, but their circumstances…

Texas Baptists offer aid for border crisis in Rio Grande Valley

MCALLEN-The border issue: some call it a crisis, some call it a disaster, but to many Texas Baptists, it is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. All eyes turned to the doorway as Daniela Cruz* and her…

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Georgia: Resting in his hands

It is hard to really describe what we do here at The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home. It is one of those things that you can’t really understand it until you are actually doing it, living it. But I think this story really sums…

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Connecticut: The Story of Kenny

A few weeks ago I got to have a conversation with a good friend of ours named Kenny at the soup kitchen. Kenny is probably mid-60s, military veteran who grew up in Norwich, Connecticut. When we first met him he shared with us that…

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Alaska: Satisfying physical and spiritual hunger

It is hard to believe I have now been serving with Alaska Missions in the Last Frontier for almost two months. There have been many up and downs, but through it all The Lord had moved in miraculous ways. After spending a week…

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Sixty quilts handmade and delivered with love

VILLA FRANCA, Spain – Even when verbal communication seems impossible, there’s one language that is spoken by all: love. It can be spoken through hugs, laughter and 60 quilts hand-made by Texas Baptist women. The quilts were a part…

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Call to prayer: responding to the crisis

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) — As a former Texan, my heart goes to the border of Texas. As a born-again Christian, the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls me to compassionate action for those who are suffering right now as a result of the…

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Hispanic Baptists seek ways to help border crisis

MCALLEN — The crisis along the Texas/Mexico border regarding more then 47,000 unaccompanied children was on the hearts and minds of those attending Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas in McAllen this week. “It is necessary for us…

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Rebuilders of walls, restorers of streets

CORPUS CHRISTI – Impact City Church in Corpus Christi was planted by Felix Trevino, a worker at Valero Refinery, and his wife, Sara, as a response to a need for a missional church in the community of South Texas. They are a…

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Understanding Intentional Interim Ministry

DALLAS – The interim period between one pastor leaving and the next pastor arriving can be a special time of God moving in a congregation. Instead of sitting back and waiting for the next person to arrive, the interim time…

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Starting a Legacy

INDEPENDENCE – On Sunday morning, June 1, at the oldest continuously running Baptist church in Texas, Robert E. Dixon and Dr. Paul W. Powell were honored for the legacies they started and what they became through the Texas Baptist…

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Executive Board approves building sale, agreement with STSCS

DALLAS -Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board convened on Mon., May 19, and Tues., May 20. Several decisions were made, including the sale of the BGCT’s Dallas facility to Baylor University for $16 million. For…

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Thank you for giving to Mother's Day Hunger Offering

Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, marked the conclusion of the Christian Life Commission’s Mother’s Day Hunger Offering initiative. With a goal of raising $1 million on this day, churches from across the state joined hands to help beat…

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Miracles don't just happen in the Bible

Joseph Parker, pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, in Austin, received a heart transplant on Jan. 23, 2013, following more than ten years of heart issues. Two weeks ago, he was able to meet the family of the donor…

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Texas Baptists give record $953,000 toward Hunger Offering

DALLAS – Texas Baptists gave more than $953,000 to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in 2013 to help address hunger and poverty issues around the world. This is the largest amount raised through the offering since its creation in…

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Memorial set for HSU Senior Taylor Huff

Memorial service arrangements for Taylor Huff have been set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Church on Rush Creek: Green Oaks Campus, 2350 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., in Arlington, TX, 76017. Huff passed away in a…

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Community Resurrection

WACO – The resurrection of Christ continues to reverberate throughout inner city communities across the nation, according to presenters at the No Need Among You Conference. “We are part of a beautiful movement committed to making…

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Texas Baptists' chaplaincy releases guidelines regarding same-sex issues

DALLAS – Texas Baptists’ Chaplaincy Relations Office issued guiding principles to its endorsed chaplains regarding same-sex issues in the wake of the military repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the U.S. Supreme…

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Fight rages beyond battlefield; chaplains on frontline

WAXAHACHIE – Military personnel’s fight rages well beyond the battlefield, and chaplains are on the frontlines. In 2012, military suicides hit a record high since the armed forces began tracking such tragedies. Self-inflicted…

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Executive Board approves 2014 convention budget

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board approved a $40.4 million 2014 budget for the convention. The budget reflects essentially flat church giving through the convention’s Cooperative Program, $2.29…

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'The Art of Black Preaching'

SAN ANTONIO – The energetic call and response style of African American preaching garners the attention of those who have witnessed its finest practitioners. But “the art of Black Preaching” is found in the heart of its message…

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Lebanese partnerships spread hope and aid to Syrian refugees

Spiritual revival is taking place in the midst of the Syrian crisis. With the escalating disputes in Syria, many are fleeing to neighboring countries to escape the crossfire. Media reports depict the great suffering and…

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Baby Boomers: A harvest waiting to take place

ALLEN – The largest cohort of Americans also happens to be the one that’s living longer than all those who came before it. That’s no coincidence, claims Amy Hanson, the featured speaker at a conference entitled “Catching the Baby…

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Executive Board votes to sell Glorieta Texan Lodge

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board unanimously voted to sell the Texan Lodge at the Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico and invest the revenue in convention-sponsored youth camps. The board voted to…

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Loving Oklahoma volunteers help victims rebuild and restore

A series of tornadoes in May of this year devastated parts of Oklahoma, taking lives and flattening houses. Two and a half months later, residents still have needs as they try to restart their lives. On August 5-10, Texas…

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Conference set to gear churches for boomer wave

The baby boomer wave is upon senior adult ministries, and people from all across the country are registering to “catch it” with the National Boomer Ministry Conference Sept. 5-6. At First Baptist Church in Allen, participants will…

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CLC 83rd Session Report

Christian Life Commission Final Report: 83rd Regular Legislative Session During each legislative session, the Christian Life Commission (CLC) works to promote sound public policy on a variety of fronts important to Texas…

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Pray. Just pray.

Have you ever felt like a catalyst? A catalyst is “an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action”. So put simply, a catalyst is something that helps the bigger something happen faster. I feel as if I’ve been that…

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Hispanic Baptists in Texas Looking Toward Future

SAN ANTONIO – Hispanic Baptists are well-positioned to focus on what God has laid on their hearts for the convention’s future, said Jesse Rincones, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas executive director. “I thank God I’ve had…

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Unified, Texas Baptists seek to carry out Great Commission

SAN ANTONIO – Fulfilling the Great Commission requires Texas Baptists to work united for the cause of Christ, according to presenters in the final worship service of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering. The Great Commission is…

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African American Fellowship visions future, studies new age statistics

SAN ANTONIO – African American Baptists were challenged to look into the future with a new set of lenses as they gathered together at this year’s Culp Banquet, celebrated during the Texas Baptists Family Gathering. Photo: From…

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God has called Texas Baptists to a mission

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Baptists have been called to reach the state for Christ – a task that must be completed. Featured speakers from the second evening worship service of the Family Gathering, reminded meeting participants that God…

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Breaking the chains of darkness, revisited

This summer, I have reverently been praying for divine appointments in South Asia. Honestly, my heart hurts deeply for this place. My biggest prayer is for His truth to be shared and embraced in the darkest corners of South Asia…

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2013-2014 Officers Elected to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Hispanic Baptists elected the first female convention president in their 103-year history this morning. The announcement came after two rounds of voting. The first – a race between Daniel 'Tiny’ Dominguez, current president of…

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Hardage: Thank you, Texas Baptists

SAN ANTONIO – The breadth of Texas Baptists’ ministry is wide, and its commitment to sharing the gospel is deep. For all that they are doing, Texas Baptists’ Executive Director David Hardage gives thanks. Because congregations…

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Messengers grant board authority to consider building sale

SAN ANTONIO — Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting elected officers and granted the BGCT Executive Board and an ad hoc committee authority to consider sale of the Baptist Building in Dallas. In…

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Guarneri: Bible calls Christians to embrace diversity

SAN ANTONIO – The bible calls believers to embrace diversity, not just tolerate it, according to Julio Guarneri, who presented the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting sermon July 14. Using Acts 1:8 and…

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Common Ground at the Cross of Christ

SAN ANTONIO – Christians should seek unity because of their desire for and delight in the Lord, Earl Grant, pastor of Covenant Church in San Antonio, shared in the opening session of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering. “Diversity…

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Johnson discusses Dr. Seuss and diversity

SAN ANTONIO — With children gathered around and a Dr. Seuss book in hand, Baptist General Convention of Texas President Jeff Johnson added a metaphorical twist to this year’s presidential message. Johnson began his message at the…

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God's power shown through His church, people

SAN ANTONIO – God’s plan for expanding His kingdom entails working through the lives of people in His church in such a way that they testify about Him, according to Victor Rodriguez, pastor of Life Church of San Antonio. The…

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Jespersen named urban missions director

DALLAS — Texas Baptists has named Ryan Jespersen director of urban missions. With a majority of the population living in urban, inner-city areas, Jespersen believes these communities need more outreach, which he plans to encourage…

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