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Thanks for letting the CLC share about its work

Thanks to Texas Baptists for giving the Christian Life Commission the opportunity to share about its ministries this week at the BGCT Annual Meeting. The CLC staff is proud to serve you day in, day out; it was especially rewarding to share about that work in this special setting.A special word of thanks to Dennis Parrish, whom we c...

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Texas Baptists

Events African American Fellowship ConferenceTyler, TXJuly 10-13 Childhood Ministry SummitDallas, TXAugust 11-12 More events… Texas Baptists Life Magazine Like summer, the next edition of Texas Baptists Life is here. Read about healthy church bodies, the keys to a Gospel-centered summer, ways to reach your community and mor...

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CLC Mission

CLC MissionBiblical Insight. Principled Living. Mission Since 1950, the Christian Life Commission has served as the ethics agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The CLC has the assignment of speaking to and with churches and individuals about important ethical issues. Christian ethicist and seminary professor T.B. Mas...

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Ethics & Justice

Ethics & Justice Biblical Insight. Principled Living. CLC Ethics & Justice efforts seek to help Christians and churches grapple with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. This involves seeking to understand both the current cultural situation and biblical principles that may apply. CLC Espanol Issues Christian L...

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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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Building Funding

Building Funding United We Build The expense of purchasing land and constructing new buildings is often greater than a church can afford without a special campaign. United We Build helps Texas Baptist churches raise the money necessary to meet these financial needs. This three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and Go...

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Church & State

Church & State Christians are citizens of two "kingdoms" - God's and society's. Jesus and Scripture as a whole have given much guidance on what it means to be a good citizen in God's kingdom, and those same principles apply to being a good citizen in society. Religious liberty is a key Baptist belief, and this liberty is best...

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Creation Care

Creation Care Earth is our home. It is beautiful and amazing. It's a fabulous system of interconnected life. The Creator of Earth sustains this life and instructs us to join in that sustaining effort. The more we understand Earth's life systems, the more we will be able to hear with clarity and urgency what the Bible says about ou...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty Hunger and poverty are a sad part of our cultural landscape today, just as it has been for centuries. The persistence of these problems makes it no less important to address them. Jesus told us to feed the hungry and meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Now, we seek to be faithful in doing so because every per...

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Life, Health & Dying

Life, Health & Dying God is the creator and sustainer of life. Jesus Christ came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Christ also has given this creation new life through his death and resurrection. Online Resources Abortion The Baptist General Convention of Texas has taken repeated stands regard...

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Money & Work

Money & Work Life in today’s world requires money – it is the means by which people provide for their basic needs. That money is obtained through a framework of economic systems. Money at the individual level and economics at the systems level present both opportunities and challenges. Christians seek to follow Chr...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty Religious liberty is best promoted when church and state remain separate in the manner prescribed by the First Amendment. Separation of church and state does not mean religion is divorced from public life. We openly advocate for sound public policies on the basis of our religious convictions. But all Americans ha...

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Terrorism, War & Peace

Terrorism, War & Peace War continues to mar the history of humankind with its frightful costs in human life, money, morals, and spiritual values. We persist in avoiding "what makes for peace and for mutual edification" (Romans 14:19). Christians have developed a theology of "just war," but all war is terrible. We promote peace...

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Family

Family The Bible teaches that the family is divine in its origin and its purpose. The Bible also provides guidelines for good relations within the family. A commitment to the Bible’s teachings and principles provides today’s best hope for the recovery of family life. Online Resources Family As stated in the first chapt...

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State Government

State Government A world in which human relationships are marked by freedom, justice, well-being and peace is at the heart of the Bible's prophetic vision. The Bible also demonstrates that such conditions cannot thrive without human willingness and effort to safeguard such basic human rights and freedoms. "Texas at your fingertips...

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Churches and the Democratic Process

Churches and the Democratic Process Churches and Campaigns Churches are free and encouraged to speak out on current moral and ethical issues of the day that have political components. However, they may not intervene in partisan political campaigns. In exchange for the benefit of tax exempt status, churches (and other nonprofit org...

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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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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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Bylaws & Church Governance

Bylaws & Church Governance Church Bylaws can be incredibly important both in times of crisis (e.g. situations involving the termination of a pastor, termination of a member, employment crisis, etc.) and in helping churches function properly on a day-to-day basis. Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws If your church is writin...

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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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Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage

Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex marriage has become legal throughout the United States for the first time in history. This change represents a culture shift that has been both rapid and momentous. American Christians who seek to build their faith from the Bible find that several ethical/theological positions are rele...

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Exhibitors

Exhibitors Are you interested in being an exhibitor at Youth Ministry Conclave 2017? Being an exhibitor is a great way to help spread the word about your business! Take some time to read through the registration information to familiarize yourself with the process of becoming an exhibitor at Conclave. If you have any questions, pl...

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ISAAC Resources

Resources HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite Blvd.San Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES Understanding Immigration in the United States: A Responsible Dialogue Publication from CLC – En...

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Justice

Justice A central theme of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom of God. When God is allowed to reign in lives, justice becomes important. Followers of Christ become sensitive to injustices, especially when they victimize suffering and marginalized people. And when they see injustice, they do not stand by quietly; they actively...

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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas...

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Exhibitors2

Exhibitors Are you interested in being an exhibitor at Youth Ministry Conclave 2017? Being an exhibitor is a great way to help spread the word about your business! Take some time to read through the registration information to familiarize yourself with the process of becoming an exhibitor at Conclave. If you have any questions, pl...

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Opposing abortion in a world of vulnerable people

The Christian Life Commission has received a couple of questions about why it honored Texas Sen. Wendy Davis with its Horizon Award in 2012. As virtually everyone knows, Davis was thrust into the national political spotlight in June with her filibuster in opposition to a bill supported by many Texas Baptists, including me.The CLC h...

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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 residents. The following is a list of bills the CLC actively followed, supported and, in some cases, opposed du...

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Texas Baptists provide testimony at federal hearing on arbitration

DALLAS - Two Texas Baptist pastors raised concerns about payday and car title lending practices during meetings with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leadership in Dallas on Dec. 12.Jeff Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Commerce and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Steve Wells, pas...

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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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CLC approves Resolution on Immigrant Children Crisis

DALLAS -- The Christian Life Commission has called on Texas Baptists to respond in a compassionate way to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children and teenagers along the southern United States border.Commissioners approved a resolution Friday, June 27, outlining the current situation involving immigrant minors who are fleein...

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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 in society from a Christian and biblical perspective. Freeman will lead the CLC's efforts related to gover...

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Racism undermines justice and unity

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24) A young man has been killed in Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man, died from six gunshots fired by a white police officer. Race should not be an issue, but far too many African American men have died under simil...

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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 less than we gave last year -- $727,877 or 75.3 percent.As we give millions of dollars to support church...

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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 gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by or approved by you or in your possession."CLC Direct...

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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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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 what is the strongest memory about that time? I became a Christian at seven years old. I remember learning about inviting Jesus into my h...

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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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Six year old Evan knows how to have a holiday

Six-year-old Evan Jenkins is full of energy. That energy shows up in various athletic pursuits, but it showed up in another way over the holidays. Evan's dad, Rand, reports that in the midst of family holiday house cleaning, Evan "disappeared for a bit and came back wearing his orange 'No Kid Hungry' sunglasses and carrying all the...

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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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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 providing $103,000 to equip IMB missionaries to teach people how to sustain a fish farm in South America and...

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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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​Freedom for captives: The CLC is working to end trafficking

As the 84th Legislative Session has begun, the CLC staff wants to provide an overview of our public policy priorities. Last week, we talked about advocacy in general, and this week we explore human trafficking.Many people assume the 13th amendment ended slavery in America, but there are still slaves among us. Human trafficking is d...

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Ten things we should really be talking about

A blog post recently hit the Internet about how there are far more important things to talk about than whether Christian women should wear leggings or not. The blog, Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants, presented a list of 10 things that are truly worth talking about. I was convicted. I have spent a short amount...

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Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

The National Football League is getting serious about the scourge of violence against women. The Grammy Awards show featured the importance of battling domestic violence. But the violence-ridden book, Fifty Shades of Grey, has been extremely popular among adult women, and it now has become a movie. Here is Time magazine's descript...

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Anti Human Trafficking Rally

In case you missed it. Here's a look at the anti human trafficking rally last week. When Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) took to the steps Thursday morning, February 12, at the south end of the state Capitol, she addressed individuals who share a common concern; seeing the end of slavery once and for all in the United States...

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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 world.This past year has produced big changes for the convention as the Executive Board made an agreement...

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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 expense, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's m...

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To a new harvest

Sometimes I get frustrated reading hunger statistics. So much of the information comes in particular metrics which seem restrictive to the big picture. It's not a bad thing. And the sorts of policy solutions and development strategy yielded by looking at hunger in terms of demographics and economic resources certainly have a necess...

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The Cavalry Has Arrived: How the Federal Government Plays an Important Role in Protecting the Poor

Have you ever heard the phrase "send in the cavalry?" It's a colloquialism, but historically its a military term for the regiment of an army that fights on horseback. The cavalry historically was the most easily mobilized unit of an army and men fighting on horseback were at a greater advantage than those fighting on foot. For one...

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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 hosted on April 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Austin, across the street from the State Capitol bui...

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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 estimated $15,000 by way of donors, event fees and 17 sponsors, with Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) serving...

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Moving Past #PrayforCharleston

Last Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white man walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat through Bible study and then murdered nine African Americans: State Senator and Pastor Clementa Pickney; librarian Cynthia Hurd; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; speech therapist and mom Sharonda Singleton; Bible study teacher Myra...

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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 man and one woman.David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, which has around 5,400 affiliate...

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What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th amendment. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reflects a remarkable reversal in public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas. Texas must also recognize the validity of marriages performed in o...

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Religious Liberty in Nepal

People of Nepal have been dealing for months with the aftermath of an earthquake disaster. Now, the Asian nation faces a possible religious liberty disaster that could impact people's lives for years.The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is part of an international Baptist effort to encourage the Nepal government to not inclu...

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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 around the state of Texas. David Scott serves as director of BOUNCE, a student-led disaster recovery effor...

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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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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, Dec. 1, to provide aid for refugee relief.The funds will be used by Baptist partners in Serbia for food...

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Merry Christmas from Texas to Europe

Serbian Baptists have risen up to meet the vast needs of Middle East refugees arriving in their country. Now, a Texas Baptist family is sending $15,000 to help meet the need. The ongoing work and the new gift are, in a way, a Christmas gift of love to a mostly Muslim people in need. The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering has facilitate...

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It's January, but March 1 is coming

Things are about to get crazy in Texas – or crazier. It is less than two months before the Republican and Democratic primary elections here (March 1), and early voting begins Feb. 16.No party speaks for God. There will be committed Christians, as well as others, running in both parties. Some of them will actually use language...

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Let Justice Roll Down

(Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr., will lead a workshop titled "Let Justice Roll Down -- It's a Big Deal in Scripture & Today" during the CLC's Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. He is pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield.)One of the most prolific martyrs of the civil rights era...

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Brokenness is close at hand, but we are together

We've all heard the phrase "it's a small world" and may have even said it ourselves at some point when we realized we knew someone or knew of someone through another person. In fact, for years the idea has been that there are six degrees of separation between people – so much so that years ago it was made into a game –...

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What homes of restoration and redemption look like

Nestled next to both Texas Christian University and Paschal High School lies a small building, which is home to Southside City Church pastored by Darrel and Kim Auvenshine. Before Southside was a church, it began as a group of people meeting at a park to serve the HIV community of Fort Worth."We built our church on Matthew 25," Dar...

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Christian community development brings Good News to the poor

(Jimmy Dorrell will be leading a workshop at the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. His workshop is titled "Christian Community Development: How to Do It Where You Live!") While the church and her people may have forgotten the poor and the call to justice at various times in history, Go...

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Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace and Truth

(Steve Wells will lead a workshop titled "Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace & Truth" during the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.)Grace and truth. Holding them together – that's the difficult thing, isn't it? Truth without grace is cold. Grace without truth can get very mus...

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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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Good things happening in Marshall and at ETBU

Marshall anchors the eastern entrance to Texas near where Interstate 20 crosses from Louisiana. It is a smaller city that is home to East Texas Baptist University, which sits on a hill in the northwest portion of the city. Once the fourth largest city in Texas (1860), Marshall has been an important community both for...

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CLC offers National Day of Prayer Guide

Today is the National Day of Prayer. As I sat down to compile the the CLC’s prayer guide, the song, “Build Your Kingdom Here,” by the Rend Collective started playing on my streaming service. In it, the band sings, “build Your kingdom here, let the darkness fear, show Your mighty hand, heal our streets and la...

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Churches provide foundation for active faith

(Rand Jenkins is the newest member of the Christian Life Commission staff. He is in a new role -- CLC specialist. Below, Rand explains some of the things in his background that have shaped his call to this ministry.) My childhood in community-minded churches provided the foundation for my pursuit of an active faith. Born in Fort W...

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Use missional responses on social media during political season

Just a cursory glance at social media will show you the political division that exists in our nation, communities, and even families. In recent days, every statement by a political candidate or pundit brings on either glorious cheers or vitriol hate by one side or the other. Not only do those emotions get turned on the candidates a...

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Praying for political leaders makes a difference

A former Texas legislator told me the other day of sitting in his chair on the House floor, considering a bill, and thinking about what the Bible says. This man is not a regular churchgoer now, but that day in Austin he remembered the Bible talking about loving the children. He voted for the children of Texas in a vote that shocked...

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Like Olympians, Christians are in Training, Too

The Olympics started last Friday, and I am already obsessed. I love watching their friends and family cheer them on. I love learning new names, new sports, and obscure countries, but I think for me the most exciting thing is knowing that this moment is the one they’ve waited four years for. This is the moment they bring all o...

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Hunger Offering turns 20!

We’re 20 years old! Being out of our teens means that you -- churches and individuals who give -- have helped us grow and mature. As we look back at two decades of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helping people overcome poverty, it is astonishing. In those 20 years, more than $15 million have been raised to help people fee...

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The Election is over, now what?

Now that the election is over, you might be tempted to put politics out of your mind, but now that our new leaders are in office it's important that we stay engaged. Our political engagement does not end in the voting booth, in fact, the voting booth should be just the starting point. According to the Annette Strauss Institute, onl...

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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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CLC director Reyes joins Smart-on-Crime Coalition in encouraging criminal justice reform

AUSTIN — Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission, joined several key representatives from the Smart-on-Crime Coalition on Wednesday, December 14, for a press conference to encourage criminal justice reform for the upcoming Texas Legislative Session. During the briefing, held at the Texas Associatio...

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How to Be An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

By Tomi L. Grover, Ph.D. TraffickStop.org January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In conjunction with this, advocates from across Texas are preparing to address their 85th session legislative representatives and senators on the issues pertaining to human trafficking.  According to the online Texas Legislature re...

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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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Last Week Today: A Dispatch from the Capitol

On Monday, I was privileged to testify before the House Human Services Committee on HB 4.  HB 4 authored by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Mesquite) would increase financial support for relatives who take in children who must be removed from their birth parents--kinship care.  One way to improve our child welfare system is to help...

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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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Capitol Update

This week, I’d like to highlight two bills the CLC is supporting relating our legislative priorities. To review the CLC legislative priorities, click here. HB 132 HB 132 expands eligibility for the one-time $1,000 cash assistance payment to aunts, uncles, and siblings of the child and reduces the age requirement from 45 to 2...

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PROYECTOS SOSTENIBLES QUE AYUDAN A LOS HONDUREÑOS A SALIR DE LA POBREZA

por Jaclyn Bonner Un ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre combate el ciclo de pobreza que sufren los hondureños y apoya a las familias por medio de proyectos agrícolas sostenibles y con pequeñas empresas. Con cinco dólares se puede comprar un café en Starbucks. Cinco dólares es tambi&e...

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Finding freedom in prison

Editor’s note: April is Second Chances Month for the Christian Life Commission in partnership with Prison Fellowship, celebrating a commitment to re-entry ministries, public policy and helping individuals like Lovinah Igbani find freedom through the Gospel. Prison isn’t a place where people expect to find freedom...

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Old wolf of racism appears in alt-right sheep's clothing

Alt-right racism is both like and unlike the old racism. Like -- it sees the white race as superior and in need of protection. Unlike -- it is generally educated, secular, and young. The Southern Baptist Convention brought the alt-right to centerstage last week when it initially failed to consider a resolution condemning racist asp...

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EL VIEJO LOBO LLAMADO RACISMO APARECE VESTIDO COMO OVEJA DE LA DERECHA-ALTERNATIVA

El racismo de la derecha-alternativa (llamada alt-right en inglés) es al mismo tiempo igual y diferente al viejo racismo. Igual en el sentido que ve a la raza blanca como superior y digna de protección; diferente en que se compone de personas educadas, de un contexto secular y jóvenes de edad. La Convenci&oacut...

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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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