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Advocacy: Why Should Texas Baptists Care?

More Texans and more Christians should be engaged in our government, this is especially true of Christians. Only 9 percent of Texans have contacted their elected officials, according to the Annette Strauss Institute Texas Civic Health Index. Given the small number of Texans contacting their elected officials imagine the outsized in...

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Go Now Missions: Behind the barbed wire fence

As we walked on the first full day of training, the city skyline expanded before us with no random giant buildings or billboards blocking the view. It is such a sight to behold.That image is what hundreds of men, women and children get to look at every day from behind a barbed wire fence. Downtown Houston, a city that promises days...

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Love for neighbor should compel us toward immigration reform

The U.S. Senate has shown both courage and wisdom in passing the sweeping immigration bill. In order to get bipartisan support, the bill had to reflect the concerns of people across the political spectrum, and this has resulted in a bill that addresses the needs of security, business and immigrants.Scripture teaches us to care abou...

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Go Now Missions: The Power of Puzzles

Fridays are busy nights at the Hospitality House. I stepped out of the main room to video chat with one of my best friends who is also on a summer mission trip. Just as I finished talking to her, my partner Myriam charged into our room. "I love puzzles!" she exclaimed. She began to tell me about the conversation she had just shared...

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Write your senator and representative

Bread for the World has announced its 2014 Offering of Letters to United States senators and representatives. Bread does not send these letters; Bread encourages and empowers individual Christians to conduct this annual letter-writing campaign, and this often occurs through churches.This year's effort asks lawmakers to reform Unite...

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Trafficking -- the difference between victims and criminals

The Dallas Morning News carried an excellent opinion piece in its Feb. 23 edition about children and prostitution. The article, by Malika Saada Saar, expresses a broad national perspective. In Texas, we are actually doing better than reflected in Saar's article, but we still have lots of work to do.Saar points out that about 293,00...

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Muehlhoff speaks on civil communication in CT

Christian author Tim Muehlhoff says believers need to "yield to God's power from outside" themselves in order to communicate in a civil, Christlike manner.Christianity Today has published a Q&A with Muehlhoff regarding his book, I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love (InterVarsity Press, 2014).Muehl...

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'Kumbaya' should be no joke

In 2010, a story in The New York Times noted that the song, "Kumbaya," had lately been "transformed into snarky shorthand for ridiculing a certain kind of idealism, a quest for common ground."I remember singing the song in the 1960s, and we loved it. It was no joke; it called us toward something better than what we knew. I did not...

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First Things First

At the Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, I taught a workshop on "Advocacy As Evangelism." During the workshop, I shared how advocacy could be a tool for evangelism and community transformation.At the end of the workshop, a gentleman asked if I was promoting advocacy for advocacy's sake. I was prepared for the question, because lately...

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Public Policy

Public Policy Biblical Insight. Principled Living. In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their chu...

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Community Resources

Community Resources 2-1-1 Texas 2-1-1 Texas delivers efficient access to the most appropriate sources of help and information. Anywhere in Texas, anyone can call 2-1-1 for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportuni...

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Connect with other Churches and Christians

Connect with other Churches and Christians Connect with Nearby Churches The Christian Life Commission encourages churches to work together in all areas of ministry, including public policy and other advocacy work. Connect with Christian Life Commission The Christian Life Commission is eager to assist in research on topics importan...

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Connect with the State Legislature

Connect with the State Legislature Who are my elected officials? Click here to find your legislators' contact information. Meet with State Officials The Austin Office of the Christian Life Commission can arrange for legislative visits and opportunities to provide testimony to State and Federal officials. Please contact the CLC Aus...

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Resources

Resources Advocacy 101 Advocacy 101 ppt Advocacy as Evangelism ppt Churches and the Democratic Process Learn what your church can and cannot do, register to vote or learn about the candidates here. Connect with other Churches and Christians Is your church concerned about a specific issue? Connect with nearby churches, the Christia...

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Faithful Response

Faithful Response Essays, devotionals, sermons and reflections on the role and practice of many faithful Christians and their experiences as advocates and faithful citizens. Christian Citizenship Marvin Griffin...A citizen Christian throughout the yearsFerrell Foster Keynote Address: Call to RenewalBill MoyersWashington, D.C.May 2...

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Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day En Espanol February 28-March 1, 2017 Come join us in Austin during the 85th Legislative Session for Advocacy Day, including workshops on the top issues facing the Legislature in 2017 and a chance of attendees to visit with their elected officials. LOCATION Hyde Park Baptist Church3901 SpeedwayAustin, TX 78751 Keynote...

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African American Fellowship Conference

Colonial Hills Baptist Church7330 S. BroadwayTyler TX, 75703 A multifaceted training event introducing ministry resources provided by Texas Baptists in a unique, encouraging and enriching context to the African American Church. REGISTER ONLINE You may also download the registration form and mail it back in.Download FormRegistratio...

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2017 Advocacy Day Recap

2017 Advocacy Day Recap All Rights Reserved. This website, including written content, text, graphics, data, photographs, images, illustrations, logos, audio clips, video clips, and other works (collectively the “material”) is owned by the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission (CLC) and the mater...

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CP Annual Report 2016

 2016 Annual Report Texas Baptists Cooperative Program Sending our hearts where our feet will never go Where Does It Go? MISSIONS (38%) 3,000+ Worldwide Missionaries 159 BSM Missionaries on 115 Campuses River Ministry/Mexico Texas Baptists Missionaries 463 Go Now Missionaries Texas Baptist Men Bounce (Student Disaster Recover...

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Leaving the familiar

I remember as a little girl when my father was contemplating assuming the role of music leader in a neighboring community church. I was too young to know all of the discussions that took place, but one I do remember was when my parents talked to me about this possibility which would mean we had to attend another church. I probably...

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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 John 2:6 with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, incl...

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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, Congregational & Commission Specialist; Joyce Gilbreath, Hunger Offering Specialist; Julie Valentine, Mini...

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​Texas Baptists gather in Waco for Annual Meeting

WACO – Texas Baptists' will welcome messengers to the annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco. The meeting, held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme "Live the Difference" with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, including the Christian Life Commission.Registration b...

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Christian Life Commission teaches Texas Baptists to model Christ through advocacy

Kathryn Freeman taught a packed room about the steps to becoming an advocate this afternoon at her workshop, "It's Our Government: We Can Make a Difference." Freeman, the director of public policy at the Christian Life Commission (CLC), emphasized advocacy takes many forms and isn't always tied to the government. Advocacy can look...

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Only you can stop human trafficking

WACO–In a dimly lit room in the corner of the Waco Convention Center, a group of individuals left no seat empty to gather in hopes of learning more about a commonly misunderstood topic: human trafficking. Dr. Tomi Grover, author of Compelled, and Jay Abernathy, pastor of First Baptist Church, Palestine, defined human trafficking...

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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 setting captives free (Isaiah 42:1-9, Isaiah 58). As the 84th Legislative Session is set to begin next Tu...

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Everyday Advocacy

My desire to advocate has led me to intern with the Christian Life Commission this summer, broadening my compassion in areas such as payday lending, gambling, and human trafficking. Throughout the Bible, God prescribes advocacy for social injustice, instructing His followers to defend the needy and oppressed. Growing up in a lovin...

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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 placed on the Baptist Distinctives. "This year, we'll examine Baptist Distinctives and share the reaso...

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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 time, or you can climb to the top and figure out why people are falling over the waterfall in the first p...

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A journey for justice detailed during Micah 6:8 Conference

SAN ANTONIO - As Jen Hatmaker described her own journey into becoming passionate about justice issues to attendees at the Micah 6:8 Conference, she detailed an experience of brokenness where she and her husband left their boots at the altar of a church, to be given to homeless people, and walked with barefeet to their car on a col...

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Now What? What to do the Day After A Life-Changing Experience

We have all been there. We’ve gone to a life changing conference or heard an amazing sermon or even just had a really amazing quiet time to start our day and afterwards, we are super charged and ready to do amazing things for God. We are going to change the world! And then, we step outside our door or return home or enter our...

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Q&A with a foster care and adoption expert -- Samela Macon

Samela Macon, senior director of foster care and adoption for Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services Tell us a little about your ministry and how you got started in this work. My ministry began as a child, taking notice of children who felt alone or isolated. My heart was always drawn to them. At an early age God pressed it upon...

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Día de Activismo del 2017

En Ingles 28 de Febrero y 1 de Marzo del 2017 Acompáñenos en Austin al Día de Activismo durante la 85a Sesión Legislativa. Habrá talleres sobre temas importantes que conciernen a la Legislatura del 2017 y la oportunidad de que los participantes hablen con sus representantes electos. Orador princip...

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Bacote: Permission to go out in public

This just in: Christians have permission to go out in public. Of course, this is not really news, but sometimes evangelical followers of Christ wonder if it is OK to get involved in their broader culture -- the world, the frightful, dangerous world where Satan can trip us up and snatch us away. The broader culture is rife with dang...

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7 Reasons to Attend CLC Advocacy Day

1.  The opportunity to network and connect with like-minded advocates and churches. Advocacy Day provides a great opportunity to meet and learn from others who are interested in advocated on the issues important to you. Have you thought about starting an advocacy team or justice ministry at your church? We’ll have some f...

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Christian Life Commission to host Advocacy Day in Austin for Texas Baptists

AUSTIN - Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission will host 2017 Advocacy Day Feb. 28-March 1 in Austin for ministers, leaders, students and advocates. Workshops and general sessions will be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church Tuesday, Feb. 28, and appointments with legislative offices will take place at the Capitol building W...

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Texas Baptists mobilized to influence lawmakers at 2017 Advocacy Day

AUSTIN - Christian engagement in politics and culture should be directed by a love of God and practice of discipleship, attendees learned at the recent Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission Advocacy Day. The event, held at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin on Feb. 28, featured keynote speakers Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and co-au...

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Pro-life legislation supported by leading pro-life coalition

AUSTIN — Four major pro-life organizations representing more than 10 million Texans have announced support of key bills before the House chamber of the 85th Texas Legislature. “We are thrilled a wide range of pro-life bills has been filed this session to better protect the life and dignity of the human person,” sa...

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A Report from the Texas Capitol

After 140 days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session has ended and even though a special session will begin on July 18 several important bills were passed over the last five months. Religious liberty concerns topped the list of Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission priorities. The CLC helped lead efforts to protect religious consc...

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