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Trees broken by a tornado that ripped through Van, Texas. (Photo: Gerald Davis/Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery)

Texas Baptists respond in wake of damaging and deadly spring storms

From Cisco in West Texas to Van in East Texas, Texas Baptist Men disaster relief crews sprung into action after a series of severe thunderstorms blew through the state.

       
Imagine Texas without the Cooperative Program, Liebrum urges

Imagine Texas without the Cooperative Program, Liebrum urges

Chris Liebrum, new director of the BGCT Cooperative Program office, is trying to get Texas churches to consider the question: “If the Cooperative Program went away today, what would Texas look like?”

       
Students at the Hato Juli School in Panama wait on the building’s porch after classes. The school has been without water after a shallow well it was using ran dry. (LifeQuest Photo)

TBM to provide wells for school and clinic in Panama

Texas Baptist Men plans to supply a drilling rig to a Christian humanitarian organization in Panama that will provide water wells for a school and a clinic.

       
Brother and sister of two Marlin ministers experience Nepal quake

Brother and sister of two Marlin ministers experience Nepal quake

The siblings of two staff members at First Baptist Church in Marlin experienced the catastrophic April 25 earthquake in Nepal that killed at least 7,000 people and injured twice that number according to news reports.

       
Texas Tidbits: Carroll Institute board elects Jackson as chair

Texas Tidbits: Carroll Institute board elects Jackson as chair

The B.H. Carroll Theological Institute’s board of governors elected as chairman Richard Jackson, longtime Baptist minister and president of the Jackson Center in Brownwood.

       

Obituaries: Winfred Moore, Robert Field, Gladys Tennyson

Winfred Moore, 95, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, died May 8 in Amarillo. Robert Field, 85, also a longtime Texas pastor, died Feb. 18 in Amarillo. Gladys Tennyson, 92, a minister’s wife for more than seven decades, died May 2 in San Angelo.

       
Religion alive and well, Baylor scholars insist

Religion alive and well, Baylor scholars insist

Reports about the imminent death of religion, rise of secularization and growth of atheism largely ignore facts or base conclusions on faulty research, scholars from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion told a recent conference.

       
University of Houston: How the Beatitudes changed my attitude

Baptist Standard wins national awards

Baptist Standard Publishing earned national awards from two professional communications associations, including eight “Best of the Christian Press” awards from the Associated Church Press.

       
Modern feeding of the 5,000 by TBM benefits correctional officers

Modern feeding of the 5,000 by TBM benefits correctional officers

When Texas Baptist Men set out to cook meals for correctional officers at Huntsville-area prisons, feeding the 5,000 required considerably more than the biblical five loaves and two fishes—closer to 1,500 pounds of chicken and 10,000 tortillas.

       
Religion promotes well-being, epidemiologist insists

Religion promotes well-being, epidemiologist says

Religion enhances physical and mental health and contributes significantly to overall well-being over the long haul, an epidemiologist told participants at a conference sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

       
Book tells story of love in the time of Ebola

Book tells story of love in the time of Ebola

A new book tells the story of America’s first Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as his fiancé, Louise Troh, and how hope sustained their family as fear spread faster and further than the deadly virus.

       
Senate committee urged to protect pastors from lawsuits and harassment

Senate committee urged to protect pastors from lawsuits and harassment

Ministers from throughout Texas urged a Senate committee to support a bill to protect clergy from being compelled to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies, but representatives of some religious groups questioned whether the proposed legislation could prompt lawsuits within hierarchal denominations.

       

Obituaries: Johnston, O’Brien, Miller and Sylvester

Obituaries in this issue include Ramona Johnston, 81, April 14 in Tyler; Bonnie O’Brien, 87, April 21 in Amarillo; Don Miller, 93, April 22 in Fort Worth; and Chester Sylvester, 97, April 23 in San Angelo.

       
Boys compete at annual Royal Ambassadors state race

Boys compete at annual Royal Ambassadors state race

Running races, pushing carts and stringing wooden turtles across a floor were just a few of the activities busloads of boys enjoyed at the annual Royal Ambassadors State Race.

       
TBM chainsaw crews roar into action after storms

TBM chainsaw crews roar into action after storms

Texas Baptist Men disaster relief chainsaw crews and front-end loaders went to work late last month clearing debris left in the wake of storms that swept through much of the state.

       
 
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