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School vouchers a civil rights issue? Not according to Pastors for Texas Children

School vouchers a civil rights issue? 'No,' says Pastors for Texas Children

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has framed the school voucher debate in terms of enabling parents choose their child’s school, calling it a crucial civil rights issue. And a Baptist minister who leads a pro-public education advocacy group calls that “blasphemous.”

       
Texas threatens to withdraw from refugee resettlement program

Texas threatens to withdraw from refugee resettlement program

Texas intends to withdraw from the national refugee resettlement program unless the federal government unconditionally accepts an alternative plan the state submitted. The executive director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is disappointed ministry to refugees could be disrupted.

       
TBM completes disaster relief work in Louisiana

TBM completes disaster relief work in Louisiana

About five weeks after storms dumped more rain on South Louisiana in 48 hours than Hurricane Katrina did in 2005, Texas Baptist Men wrapped up disaster relief in Jefferson Davis and Arcadia parishes after donating 1,269 volunteer days and completing 175 job requests.

       
Missionary and daughter launch clothing line produced by refugees

Missionary and daughter launch clothing line produced by refugees

Nell Green, a Houston-based field worker with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and her daughter, Christen Kinard, are launching Threads by Nomad—a business that pays refugees well to create fashionable clothing using fabric from around the world. (BNG)

 

       
Challenge: Eliminate barriers that limit access to healthy food

Challenge: Eliminate barriers that limit access to healthy food

Improved access to healthy food means eliminating both geographic and economic barriers, speakers told the fifth annual Dallas Hunger Summit.

       
Bruntmyer installed as president at Hardin-Simmons University

Bruntmyer installed as president at Hardin-Simmons University

More than 2,000 people filled the Behrens Auditorium on the Hardin-Simmons University campus when HSU installed Eric Bruntmyer as its 16th president during an investiture ceremony that also marked the university’s 125th anniversary.

       
Millennials less religious than their parents at the same age, expert says

Millennials less religious than their parents at the same age, expert says

Neither pessimists who predict a rising tide of atheism in the United States nor optimists who express confidence Millennials eventually will return to church understand the full picture about the nation’s changing religious landscape, an expert from the Pew Research Center told a crowd at Baptist University of the Américas.

       
DBU inaugurates Adam Wright as president

DBU inaugurates Adam Wright as president

Dallas Baptist University installed Adam Wright as its sixth president Sept. 9 at an inaugural convocation in the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel on the DBU campus.

       

Giving Day to benefit Baptist Standard Publishing Sept. 22

The Baptist Standard is participating in North Texas Giving Day. On Sept. 22, every donation of $25 and above will be multiplied when donors contribute to the Standard through the North Texas Giving Day website.

       
Lay leader and philanthropist Howard E. Butt dead at age 89

Lay leader and philanthropist Howard E. Butt dead at age 89

Howard E. Butt Jr., who devoted much of his life to helping Christian business leaders recognize their daily work as a high calling, died Sept. 11 in San Antonio due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 89.

       
State agency asks faith communities to help recruit foster parents

State agency asks faith communities to help recruit foster parents

Pointing to a growing number of children in foster care and an urgent need for foster families, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is calling on churches and communities of faith to respond. 

       
Laredo lawmaker wants to legalize paid daily fantasy sports sites

Laredo lawmaker wants to legalize paid daily fantasy sports sites

A South Texas lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to legalize paid daily fantasy sports websites, in defiance of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion stating the paid sites violate Texas’ prohibition on games of chance.

       
Food insecurity declines, but 1.5 million Texas households still at risk

Food insecurity declines, but 1.5 million Texas households still at risk

Texas has a higher percentage of food-insecure households than the national average, but the total number of households in the state struggling to avoid hunger has decreased since the end of the last recession, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

       
Baylor University names presidential search committee

Baylor University starts presidential search

A Texas Baptist pastor from Arlington will serve on the search committee seeking a new president for Baylor University. The Baylor Line Foundation critiqued the overall committee as representing "a narrow segment of the Baylor family."

       
Buckner and partners deliver aid to Louisiana

Buckner and partners deliver aid to Louisiana

Texas churches, schools and communities rallied with Buckner International to help people affected by the record-breaking rains that caused heavy flooding throughout southern Louisiana.

       
 
 
 
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