Baylor University regents approved governance changes that create a task force for regent selection and grant voting rights to regents who represent certain constituencies. Changes did not include opening board meetings to the public.
More than 500 religious leaders nationwide—including a Texas Baptist seminary professor—have endorsed a petition seeking a new trial for Texas death row inmate Christopher Young because a prospective juror was excluded on the basis of her church membership.
Governance changes Baylor University’s board of regents will consider fall short of the drastic action needed to ensure accountability, enhance transparency and restore trust after a sexual abuse scandal, representatives of Bears for Leadership Reform told a town hall meeting.
Messengers to the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting created two standards for determining if a church is in “harmonious cooperation” with the BGCT. Will the convention’s Executive Board apply both standards?
How should people of faith live, and move, and have their being in a chaotically developing new world?
Politics must not run our lives. It must not dictate the way we think about and treat others, and it must not leave us in despair. It must not become an idol.
This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features David Ritsema, pastor of First Baptist Church in Waxahachie.
Changing the law that prohibits churches and other charities from engaging in partisan politics is not about protecting free speech, asserts Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
God calls us to be the physical presence of Christ in the world by literally caring for the hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned and the stranger. How could we possibly think this means only our sisters and brothers in our church and not the refugee, the immigrant, the homeless and the prisoner?
God wants us to view everyone—regardless of their ethnicity, culture, nationality, politics, worldview, or socio-economic background—as people divinely loved by God and created in God’s image. (Sojourners)
A former Baylor Law School professor planned to speak to a university chapel about clemency reform and ask a released prisoner to tell his story, but Baylor cancelled his invitation, citing two opinion articles he wrote for the Waco newspaper.
Letters this week include responses to coverage of the Johnson Amendment, school voucher proposals, a call for Baylor University to become a sanctuary campus and racism in America.
A broad-based coalition that includes the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission insists tough-on-crime Texas should get smart on crime by raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18.
The Dallas Baptist University Patriettes spent a week ministering in Northern England, using dance to share the love of Christ.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is launching Fellowship Southwest—a network spanning Texas, Oklahoma and the West.
Complaints about religious freedom problems in the United States pale in comparison with atrocities faced by religious minorities abroad, the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador told a forum on tolerance.
President Trump reportedly is considering naming former Baylor University President Ken Starr to head the State Department’s Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Several doctoral students in Baylor University’s religion department have initiated a petition asking the school’s administration to declare Baylor a sanctuary campus for refugees, immigrants and international visitors.
Christians should beware the seduction of powerful people who attempt to turn facts upside down.
If you think President Trump’s plan to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment sounds good, think again. Religious liberty demands thoughtful separation of church and state, not a quickie marriage of pulpits and politics.
Pastor James Hassell’s grandparents instinctively knew America does not enjoy religious liberty unless all Americans are free to worship according to the dictates of their consciences.
This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features David Rice, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Marshall.