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Texas Baptists compelled to proclaim Jesus, care for vulnerable children during Annual Meeting


More than 2,000 participants in-person and online witnessed the launch of Faith Fosters Texas at the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting Nov. 17-19...

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Creating a missional culture for global disciple-making within the church


Phillip Nation, director of Advancement and Global Impact Churches at the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), started his Tuesday morning workshop at 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting by posing a question. “What would it look like to create a culture for global disciple-making?” he asked...

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Texas Baptists encouraged to plant seeds in a changing landscape


Victor Rodriguez encouraged pastors to “let the seeds fly” in his sermon during the closing worship session on Tuesday of the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. ...

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Facing the hard questions


“The biggest threat to Christianity is not atheism or strongholds or science.”...

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Texas Baptists address child welfare crisis through Faith Fosters Texas launch


Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas) launched a new, faith-based initiative aimed at improving the state’s foster care crisis during its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, in Waco. ...

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Brooks encourages fellow pastors with a simple job description: proclaim Jesus


In his convention sermon on Monday evening during the 2019 Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists, Duane Brooks summed up the role of the pastors and believers in the room in two simple words: proclaim Jesus...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Honors Three at 2019 Annual Luncheon


The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation presented three awards at their annual luncheon held at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium during the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting...

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The unified study, unified church


“We say we believe the Bible,” Don Guthrie, retired pastor of First Baptist Church of San Antonio, said, “but the truth is there are very large portions we never read, preach, or even hear about it.”...

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Becoming e-churches with an intentional focus on evangelism


In Monday’s 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting Session 2 workshop, “Effective Evangelism Strategies in the Local Church,” Bryant Lee, pastor of Higher Expectations Church in Humble, spoke to a group of church leaders about why churches must become e-churches...

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Learning to disciple new believers effectively


A person would never leave a newborn baby to fend for itself, said Clayton Bullion, director of Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at Tarleton State University, likewise, new believers should not be treated that way. ...

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President Evans urges Texas Baptists to bring the broken to the table


The banquet table of Christ is for everyone, said Dr. Michael Evans, president of Texas Baptists and pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, and Texas Baptists are compelled to invite others to join the feast...

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Racial reconciliation is in our DNA


“The Gospel uniquely calls us to be involved in this space of building bridges,” said Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church in Dallas during a Monday afternoon workshop on race and the church at the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. “No matter what your background is, when we come to the Gospel we now share the same spiritual DNA, the same bloodline, so now we must work together.”...

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Texas Baptists messengers approve $35.1 million budget, re-elect slate of officers


All three convention officers were re-elected to serve for a second term during the Monday morning business session at the 134th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Monday in Waco. ...

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Texas Baptist agencies collaborate for foster care emphasis in churches


A new initiative by Texas Baptists aims to empower churches to make a collective impact on the growing statewide shortage of foster and adoptive families. ...

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African American Fellowship Rally reminds attendees to trust the Lord with their struggles


A crowd gathered for the African American Rally at the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church in Waco to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. ...

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Renewing passion for ministry at the Hispanic rally


Hispanic Baptists joined for fellowship, worship and encouragement at the Hispanic Rally held at First Baptist Woodway during the first night of the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting...

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Texas Baptists emphasize living “compelled to serve” at 2019 Annual Meeting


The Baptist General Convention of Texas will gather for the 134th Annual Meeting from Nov. 17-19, at the Waco Convention Center. ...

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The problem of pornography


Jenna Mountain didn’t hesitate with the crowd as she opened her workshop, saying, “Pornography has shifted our culture of sexuality and it’s a problem. It’s taken away God’s good gift of sexuality.&rdquo...

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Atchison details the importance of telling the story


Attempting to communicate truths from Jesus’s time to people living in 2018 has its difficulties, and as Great Commission Director Delvin Atchison described, the margin for error is great...

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How churches should intentionally plan to protect congregations


It’s not a topic that most churches want to even think about. But with news headlines about violent attacks becoming more prevalent, one Texas Baptists church member says churches simply must make security a high priority...

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Kelile highlights the unity of mission at Family Gathering


Nebiye Kelile, pastor of Pathway Church in Garland, Texas, spoke during the Monday morning worship session at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering...

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Dykes encourages Texas Baptists to embrace unity at Family Gathering


“Unity is valuable because it is so rare,” said David Dykes, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, during his Monday night sermon at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering...

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Paredes emphasizes placing trust in the ‘Great I AM’ at Family Gathering


Jason Paredes, lead pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, presented the sermon during the last evening worship session of 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering...

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West encourages oneness at Family Gathering


During Tuesday morning’s worship service of the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering, Ralph West, pastor and founder of  The Church Without Walls, in Houston, Texas, preached a powerful message on oneness...

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Developing a faith that sticks in the lives of teenagers


For 18 years, parents and the local church play in a match against culture to influence the worldview of growing individuals. Where culture would speak of religion as “sin management” and God as solely focused on our happiness, the church needs to be cultivating grace-based faith that can be articulated “beneath the level of students’ feelings.&rdquo...

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Stronger together at the Culp Banquet


On Monday evening, Texas Baptists African American Ministries presented the 25th Anniversary Culp Banquet, honoring the legacy of Dr. James W. Culp, Sr., who went to be with the Lord on July 22. ...

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TBMF honors three outstanding servants at Family Gathering


A full house gathered on July 30, for the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) Luncheon, held in Arlington, Texas, as a part of the 133rd Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, the luncheon honored three outstanding servants whose commitment to the Kingdom of God has impacted thousands around the state of Texas and beyond...

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Family Gathering a celebration of unity, diversity for Texas Baptists


A celebration of unity and diversity took place in Arlington July 29-31 as 2,054 messengers and visitors filled their seats at the table to worship, fellowship and conduct business at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting...

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Convención highlights message of family, elects officers


The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas convened as part of the the 2018 Family Gathering July 30-31 in Arlington. The joining of Texas Baptists fellowships and conventions inspired an annual message on the biblical family heard by 233 registered messengers and numerous visitors...

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Reeves encourages Texas Baptists to pass the baton


Just as Abraham passed his legacy on to his son Isaac, President Danny Reeves encouraged Texas Baptists to pass the baton of leadership on to upcoming generations. Reeves’ challenge was presented during his final presidential address at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas at the 2018 Family Gathering in Arlington...

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Hardage highlights missions and disciple-making call of Texas Baptists


Texas Baptists are taking the Good News across the state, country and world, reported Dr. David Hardage during his Executive Director’s Report at the 2018 Family Gathering Monday evening. ...

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New convention officers look forward to unity, sharing Christ


"This year will be all about unity and sharing the Gospel," said newly-elected President Michael Evans. "We do that from our different platforms, different places and different faces, but the bottom line is Jesus. He binds us together."  ...

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Texas Baptists compelled towards God’s will, word and work


WACO–More than 1,700 messengers and visitors attended the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco where they were equipped and encouraged to live compelled for Christ. Messengers adopted a 2018 total budget over $37 million, passed a number of resolutions, and through speaking, worship, workshops and fellowship, were urged to live out Great Commandment and the Great Commission in every aspect of their lives.

“Be compelled to seek God’s will, search God’s word and support God’s work. This is the heartbeat of Texas Baptists,” said President Danny Reeves during his Monday morning address.

Budget approved, resolutions highlight...

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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 spite of this win, Abram was grappling with his disappointment that God had not yet fulfilled His promise of providing descendents.

Atchison highlighted four statements from God to Abram that apply to Texas Baptists today.

First, He tells Abram “fear not.” Atchison points out that it’s an interesting moment for that...

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Hardage bears witness to the good work of Texas Baptists


Texas Baptists participate in a vast array of life-changing work every day. To bring recognition and awareness to this year's most prominent ministry and evangelism efforts during his Monday evening report at the 2017 Annual Meeting, Executive Director David Hardage recognized notable leaders that partner with Texas Baptists.

Those Hardage recognized included Tamiko Jones, newly-elected executive director-treasurer, WMU of Texas; Mickey Lenamon, executive director, Texas Baptist Men, who shared about Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery efforts; Katie Sciba, governing board officer from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, who...

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Texas Baptists officers re-elected to second terms


WACO–Officer elections bookended the business session of the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting Monday afternoon in Waco. Danny Reeves, pastor of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, was re-elected president; Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Lewisville, was re-elected first vice president; and Jim Heiligman, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bryan, was re-elected as second vice president.

With First Vice President Fields presiding, Reeves was nominated for his second term as President of the convention by Bobby Bell, a messenger from First Baptist Church of Edna and district judge. Prior to his pastorate at...

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Texas Baptists urged to remain centered on Christ


“How on earth did we ever get into this mess?”

Danny Reeves, president of Texas Baptists, confronted the audience with this sobering question during his presidential address at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

“Between national debt, natural disasters, shootings and terrorists attacks, it seems like our culture is in complete disintegration. Some days I feel like I’ve had enough. The word that would sum this up is catastrophe.”

He continued, “Brothers and sisters in Christ, the question I ask you today is a recurring question Texas Baptists has been trying to answer all year long: In the midst of chaos in our world, what...

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Strobel encourages Texas Baptists to ‘Make people thirst for God’


Lee Strobel invited Texas Baptists to “live on the evangelistic edge,” where ordinary days can take extraordinary twists as we allow God to ambush us with opportunities to share our faith, on Nov. 15 at Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting in Waco.

Strobel, a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Houston and professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, preached during the Tuesday morning worship session on the passage from the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus calls Christians to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

“What did Jesus mean by those metaphors of salt and light?” Strobel asked.
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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrates 20 years of giving, totaling $15.5 million


The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrated its 20th year connecting Texas Baptists churches to serve and support ministries that meet the immediate nutritional needs of people living in poverty and developing long term solutions. Through 20 years of giving, Texas Baptists have raised $15.5 million, which has been disbursed through worldwide ministries combatting hunger and poverty.

“I like what Phil Strickland used to say,” Charlie Whiteside of First Baptist Church of Kilgore noted. “‘Empty stomachs don’t have ears.’ Our first goal should be winning people to the Lord.”

Top-giving donors and churches...

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Texas Baptists missions endeavors to expand to Brazil and Mexico


Texas Baptists Missions announced the beginning of a new partnership between Texas Baptists and the Brazilian Baptist Convention during the Texas Baptist Missions Banquet, on the evening of Nov. 14 at Annual Meeting.

“When I was 14-years-old, I heard the Gospel at a Baptist church and I was baptized by a missionary from Texas,” Brazilian National Mission Board Executive Director Fernando Brandão said. “I am here tonight because you sent missionaries to my country. Myself and my family are fruit of your prayers and your work.”

Brazilian Baptists have more than 1,000 missionaries serving internationally, and hundreds...

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Churches seeking revitalization must embrace change


Phil Miller, associate director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team focused on the importance of prayer, symptoms of an unhealthy church, and the process the church revitalization team leads its churches through during a church revitalization workshop on Tuesday afternoon at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

Miller started by emphasizing that prayer is foundational to any church revitalization effort.

“You can go through all the steps a book tells you to do -- and there are tons of books out there on church revitalization -- but it’s going to be a waste of time,” he said. “You’ve got to do what God leads you to...

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Hospital administrators discuss major challenges facing health care


Three nonprofit hospital administrators emphasized the need for everyone to learn about advanced directives when it comes to health care during a workshop Tuesday at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

The panel included Joel Allison, president and chief operating officer (COO) at Baylor Scott & White Health; Tim Lancaster, president and COO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, and Glenn Robinson, president and COO of Baylor Scott & White-Hillcrest in Waco. 

“The Challenges of Health Care Today and Tomorrow” workshop was moderated by Steve Vernon, associate executive director of Texas Baptists, who started the one-hour...

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Texas Baptists gather in Waco for 131st Annual Meeting


Texas Baptists joined together for the 131st Annual Meeting Nov. 13-15 in Waco, focusing on “Celebrating Service” through worship and business sessions, workshops and a variety of events with 1,157 messengers and 663 visitors in attendance.

Messengers approved the 2017 Texas Baptists budget of $36.6 million, used to fund ministries, missions and institutional partnerships all focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Monday’s business session, officers for 2016-2017 were elected including Danny Reeves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, as president; Joseph Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist...

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Cleophus LaRue to Texas Baptists: ‘Get out there and tell it!’


When the world recognizes the golden arches of McDonald’s more readily than the Christian cross, we have some work to do, Cleophus LaRue said on the Monday of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting in Waco.

He preached during the evening worship session that the story of the Gospel is for everyone. It is our job to get out there and tell it.

LaRue based his sermon on Acts 17:16-21, where Paul is found struggling to spread the Gospel message in Athens, a proud city widely considered to be the cultural and intellectual capital of the Roman Empire.

“Her artists had filled her streets and temples with statues of the gods,” LaRue...

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Texas Baptists university presidents talk affordability, Title IX


WACO— Within the first session of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting workshops, Texas Baptist university presidents Blair Blackburn, East Texas Baptist University; Eric Bruntmyer, Hardin Simmons University; Adam Wright, Dallas Baptist University and Bobby Hall, Wayland Baptist University, contributed to a panel discussion on the state of Christian higher education in Texas.

Texas Baptists Associate Executive Director Steve Vernon moderated the discussion about issues pertinent to higher education.

One challenge for academic institutions, outlined in the discussion, was regarding making higher education accessible to students of...

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The end of Religion? An Essential Corrective to the Secularization Myth


Three scholars from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) debunked the myth that the end of religion is near during an afternoon workshop on Monday at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco.

The workshop drew close to 100 attendees as the three men gave their view of religion in today’s world.

Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history at Baylor and co-director for historical studies of religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion, said many look at Europe as a “godless Europe,” but nothing could be further from the truth.

“Europe is currently going through the greatest pilgrimage...

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TBMF honors individuals and church for excellence in missions


Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) presented its annual Adventurer, Innovator and Pioneer Awards during a Monday luncheon at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, held at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium.

John LaNoue presented First Baptist Church of Kilgore member Charles Whiteside with the Adventurer Award, which honors an individual or organization who has advanced missions through outstanding financial support or leadership in ministry opportunities.

LaNoue remarked how Whiteside has always worked hard and enthusiastically in all he does. He recalled recruiting Whiteside’s help years ago to build a mobile health clinic to...

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Asking the wrong question: ‘What can I get?’ vs. ‘How can I serve?’


The last will be first and the first will be last in Jesus’ topsy-turvy kingdom, according to Dr. Todd Still, dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Still lectured on Mark 10:35-45, the primary New Testament text containing Jesus’ teaching on service, in his Monday morning workshop session at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

This passage finds James and John making a shockingly bold request of Jesus; they ask to sit at His right and left hands in glory.

Headed on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem, it seemed to them the ideal time to ask about how the pecking order would soon shake out. At this point in their...

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Maciel encourages Texas Baptists to give themselves to God


WACO — Texas Baptists President René Maciel opened his address during the Monday morning Annual Meeting Worship Session with a bold question.

“Can you honestly say you’ve given yourself to God this year?” he asked.

Maciel read from Jesus’ words in Matthew 22.

But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the...

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Hispanic Texas Baptists urged to seize the moment when service opportunities arise


WACO, Texas—Hispanic Texas Baptists rallied at the beginning of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting 2016 Sunday night at Iglesia Maranata in Bellmead.

The service recognized various ministry leaders in Texas Baptists life. Texas Baptist Hispanic Ministry Director Rolando Rodriguez said that was intentional.

“In celebrating service, I think it’s important we see every aspect of church life and community--pastors, Sunday school teachers, lay leaders,” he said.

He and Dr. Moises Rodriguez, acting president of Baptist University of the Américas, presented Texas Baptists President René Maciel with the Cook Servant Leadership...

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African American Fellowship rally emphasizes foundation of faith


WACO—Churches that forget the importance of discipleship have committed “the great omission,” said Dr. Delvin Atchison, director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team.

Atchison preached Sunday night at the African American Fellowship worship rally, one of four rallies that took place throughout Waco to kick off the 2016 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

“Until a person knows who Jesus is, they can never share Him with anyone else,” Atchison said. “So I want to suggest to you that it is essential that the Church reclaim personal worship if we’re to do productive witnessing.”

Atchison’s sermon focused on...

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BSM Directors celebrate partnerships and disciple-making at Annual Meeting


When Joe Osteen is asked for an update on the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at The University of Texas at Tyler, his response is, “we are doing more of the same thing - telling students about Jesus and making disciples who make disciples.”

As an encouragement to his fellow BSM Directors at a dinner on Sunday evening of Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco, Osteen reminded his colleagues the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Having served in the position for the past 12 years, he has seen the importance of being faithful to invest in students and teach them how to make new disciples year after year.

At the UT...

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God’s faithfulness evident through growth in Cowboy Churches


Sixteen miles northwest of Waco, the Top Hand Cowboy Church rises up with a rodeo arena in front of it. The church hosted the first Western Heritage Roundup Rally on Sun., Nov. 13, the start of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco.

The Top Hand Church, pastored by Greg Moore, is one of more than 200 Texas Baptists Cowboy Churches. Started in 2005 with just four families, Moore said the rural church draws 400 through its doors each Sunday. This past Easter, 1,280 gathered to worship. The Neason family started attending Top Hand on Easter 2014.

At that time, there were only 10 “cow kids,” ages 4-12, in the Sunday school...

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​Texas Baptists urged to fight sin, live like Christ


Texas Baptists gathered Monday morning to worship and celebrate the first day of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco.

The David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church choir gave a passionate performance of "How Great is our God" and "For the Rest of My Life." Their music was bookended by Bruce Kuhn's expressive recitation of Bible passages as he brought the text alive with his commanding stage presence and the voices he created for his characters.

Joseph Parker Jr., pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, preached from Romans 7:14-25 about how the enslavement of sin affects our ability to "live the...

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TBM Rally reviews fruitful year of ministry


WACO - During a rally held to highlight God's recent activity through Texas Baptist Men, speakers gave accounts of water well drilling, salvations and village transformations, among other testimonies.

The rally was held the first night of Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, a three-day event, which kicked off Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Waco Convention Center.

TBM Associate Executive Director Mickey Lenamon opened the evening with an overview of TBM's 17 ministries, complete with pictures, stories and statistics. Lenamon gave examples of TBM's continuance to show Christ's love: "anyway, anytime, anywhere," in accordance with the...

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Presidential Report and Sermon: Michael Evens

Executive Director's Report: Dr. Hardage

Keynote: Duane Brooks

Keynote: Victor Rodriguez