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Statement regarding CBF governing board adoption

For Immediate Release  February 12, 2018 Statement from Texas Baptists regarding CBF Governing Board’s adoption of Illumination Project report DALLAS–In light of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board’s vote to approve the recommendations of the Illumination Project, Texas Baptists reaffirms its...

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Organ Donation

Organ Donation Organ transplants have the potential to bless persons with the gift of extended life. As stewards of the gifts of grace and life, Christians can interpret and utilize transplant technology to serve God’s purposes. Organ donation can give redemptive, life-giving meaning to a tragic death. Advances in medical te...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/clc/ethics-justice/life-health-dying/organ-donation


Your Opinion Please

Your Opinion Please Learning Activity for grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10 (NRSV) “The thief comes only to steal and...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/your-opinion-please


Friendship & Conflict

Friendship & Conflict Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: When conflict over moral and ethical issues puts stress on a friendship, the results can be very hurtful. This exercise will help kids learn and practice ways to resolve conflict with their friends while maintaining their own integrity. Focus Scriptur...

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Resisting Peer Pressure

Resisting Peer Pressure Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help children identify how peer pressure affects them, and how to say “No” to behaviors that would hurt them. Focus Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the wh...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/resisting-peer-pressure


Feeling Good About Taking a Stand

Feeling Good About Taking a Stand Learning Activity for Junior High and High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will think about their beliefs regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and they will learn what some adults in their congregation believe about these topics. They also will discover what the Bible teaches about the...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/feeling-good-about-taking-stand


Marijuana Game Show

Marijuana Game Show Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will learn facts about marijuana to counter common myths and misconceptions. Focus Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22 (NRSV) “Shun youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a p...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/marijuana-game-show


Drug Prevention in Our Community

Drug Prevention in Our Community Participants: Junior High, Senior High, and Adults Materials needed: A large candle should be burning in the center or front of the room when participants arrive. You will need small candles for each participant.Flip chart and markers Focus Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV) “You are the light of...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/drug-prevention-in-our-community


Parent Helps

Parent Helps Parents – The Number One Anti-Drug Have you ever questioned just how much influence you have with your children, especially their decisions about use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs? You hear about peer pressure and see all the beer commercials on television and the question arises. How can parents ever compete...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/parent-helps


Developing Good Communication with Kids

Developing Good Communication with Kids Because interpersonal communication directly influences the very foundation of our existence and potential growth, it is important that our young people learn the appropriate skills to become good communicators. It is important for them to learn that people com­municate both verbally and no...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/developing-good-communication-with-kids


Marriage and Sexuality

Marriage and Sexuality On the issues of marriage and sexuality, Texas Baptists have spoken with a clear and decisive voice through the decades. In short, Texas Baptists, meeting in annual conventions, have affirmed that sexual relationships honor God only when they occur within marriage between one man and one woman. Most recently...

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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...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/clc/ethics-justice/christianity-same-sex-marriage


Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty In accordance with the Lord’s command in Matthew 22:21 and the Baptist commitment to religious freedom, we believe religious freedom is for every person of faith and those with no faith. Religious liberty is not absolute, but every effort should be made to reduce government intrusion on individual’s r...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/clc/public-policy/issues/religious-liberty


Bylaws and Governance

Bylaws & Governance A church's constitution, bylaws, and policies are not static documents containing rules and limits. When well-used, they create a framework for healthy and productive relationships in the body of Christ. Resources Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws Sample Church Covenant Sample Dissolution Statements C...

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Legal Issues

Legal Issues Many ministry concerns have legal implications. These include the safety and security of children, incorporation, hiring employees, maximizing religious liberties, tax status, and others. Pastors, administrators, and lay leaders will find helpful information here. Resources Ministerial Exception Sample Dissolution Sta...

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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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Saving for Retirement: The Basics

Saving for Retirement: The Basics from the Center for Ministerial Excellence What is a 403b? In this short video, learn how a 430(b) plan works, and why saving for retirement is important.  How Much Should I Contribute? Learn more about how to get enrolled in the Church Matching Protection Benefit Program, how to begin contri...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/center-for-ministerial-excellence/saving-for-retirement


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 Court's striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act.Supervisors have asked many of Texas Baptists' approxim...

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Time to face up to climate change

Climate change should be obvious by now. The vast majority of scientists in the field have been certain of it for some time now, while some of us regular folks haven't known what to think. The super storm that struck the New York City area is like an exclamation mark on the scientific statements regarding climate change. "Things a...

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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 few riders from Colorado and New York, joined together May 11-16 for the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger-Te...

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Can't we get rid of the Old Testament already?

This question is being asked more often. I was asked this just the other day by a group of 20- and 30-somethings whether or not we, as Christians, need to follow Old Testament regulations. When we talk about a theological position several considerations must be made. Proper biblical interpretation must find a balance among the scr...

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When was the last time you did a reality check?

One thing social media has done is portray others' lives to be better than they really are. In some cases, people blatantly lie about their lives, but in most cases, people put all the positive things about their lives on social media. They choose to leave out the negative stuff, the real life complaints. This has happened amongst...

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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 life in the 20th Century.Utilizing Hebrews 2:1-4 as a starting passage, Still focused the group on the "g...

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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 Christ.Guarneri, who serves as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, utilized Thomas Friedman...

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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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Addiction and the church

Most people are somewhat familiar with the topic of addiction, whether it is through media, books, educational or prevention programs in the community; or perhaps at a more personal level, by struggling with addiction or knowing someone who is in that journey. The fact of the matter is that everyone has had an encounter with this i...

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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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Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally

For Immediate Release  August 14, 2017 Contact:  Joshua Minatrea Director of Communications Texas Baptists 214-887-5473 Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA DALLAS–Our Texas Baptists family stands strongly against white supremacy and racism of any kind. The Bible is our guide t...

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Running the race to fulfill God’s calling

By Cheryl Nafzinger "The South Texas School of Christian Studies has made it possible for me to pursue my theological education in a timely and affordable manner. This institution has polished the brass on my trumpet which I so proudly continue to sound.” - Eric Tarver. For Eric Tarver, the South Texas School of Christia...

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How to care for trauma survivors Q&A

Unfortunately, in our very broken world, we all too frequently hear about tragedies at home and abroad. These events can have significant impact on the mental and emotional health and well-being of those involved and, in fact, have an impact on you and me. To help us all better understand trauma, I reached out to one of our network...

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Mancini challenges churches to dream big

A dream can move the people of God to do incredible things for the kingdom of God, but most churches aren’t dreaming big enough. Will Mancini’s keynote address at the Monday evening worship session of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting urged leaders to seek clarity and specificity on their “special assignment...

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Challenging Texas Baptists to change the world by looking up

Delvin Atchison closed out the 2017 Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting Tuesday morning by calling Texas Baptists to “peer at our possibilities from God’s perspective.” He preached from Genesis 15:1-5, a passage that deals with a conversation between Abram and God right after Abram has won a military victory. In...

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BGCT removes CBF from giving form, affirms view of biblical marriage

DALLAS- The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted Tuesday to accept a joint-recommendation from the Finance and Administration Support Committees to remove the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from its church giving forms. “I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God&r...

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