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Texas Baptists help bring relief during Ebola crisis

Texas Baptists help bring relief during Ebola crisis

Texas Baptists are working with various ministry partners to send food and supplies to areas of West Africa experiencing starvation due to the Ebola crisis.

Obituaries: Larry Walker, Don Murray, Micah Farrell

Larry Walker, 79, ambassador-at-large for First Baptist Church in Dallas. died while on a mission trip in Goa, India, Sept. 12.  Don Murray, 86, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Kerrville, died Oct. 5 in Kerrville. Micah Farrell, 23, pastor's son, died Oct. 12 in Virginia.

Principles of healthy churches transcend culture, East Texas pastor says

Principles of healthy churches transcend culture, Tyler pastor says

A healthy church focuses on the same principles, regardless whether it meets in East Texas or East Africa, David Dykes, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, believes.

Texas Baptists help refugees in Lebanon prepare for winter

Texas Baptists help refugees in Lebanon prepare for winter

Texas Baptists are sending blankets, heaters and other necessities to help refugee families prepare for a harsh winter in Lebanon.

Ebola vigil becomes memorial for fallen Christian brother

Ebola vigil becomes memorial for fallen Christian brother

A prayer vigil for the first Ebola patient in the United States turned into a memorial service for the virus’ first U.S. victim hours after Eric Duncan died in Dallas Oct. 8.

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Church treats family touched by Ebola as people, not just patients

Ebola carries a name and face for Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, where one of it’s members is in quarantine since contact with Eric Duncan, who died of the disease Oct. 8.

Despite progress, number of children in poverty is the same

Despite progress, number of children in poverty remains the same

Texas has progressed significantly in making sure more children have access to meals, but the number of children living in poverty remains about the same, speakers told participants at the Together at the Table Texas Hunger and Poverty Summit at Baylor University.

Congressman urges churches to put a human face on poverty and hunger

Congressman urges churches to put a human face on poverty, hunger

The faith community can help debunk myths about poverty and personalize the plight of people in need, Congressman Joaquin Castro insisted at the Together at the Table Hunger and Poverty Summit at Baylor University.

Obituary: Tom Brandon

Tom Brandon, 86, pastor emeritus at First Baptist Church in Sherman, died July 25 in Sherman.

First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Dallas Baptist church

First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Dallas Baptist church

Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was traveling to America to get married and start a new life with a woman baptized this summer as a member of Wilshire Baptist Church, Pastor George Mason wrote in an email to church members.

Complex problem of hunger demands collaborative response

Complex problem of hunger demands collaborative response

Hunger in America represents a complex problem that defies easy solutions and demands collaborative responses, Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America, told a gathering of anti-hunger advocates at Baylor University in Waco.

ETBU prof says pulpits mute on sin of domestic abuse

ETBU prof says pulpits mute on sin of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a sin, and more preachers should be saying so from the pulpit, says East Texas Baptist University professor Elijah Brown.

Silver buckshot—not a silver bullet—can made strides to end hunger, Paynter says

Silver buckshot, not a silver bullet, needed to end hunger, Paynter says

No silver bullet offers a single solution to end hunger, but the combined efforts of many advocates provide plenty of silver buckshot to bring down the problem, Suzii Paynter told participants at the Together at the Table Hunger and Poverty Summit in Waco.

Imaginative fiction can help preachers convey truth

Imaginative fiction can help preachers convey truth

Preachers should read good fiction for the insight it offers on the human condition, not just to seek quotes to make points in a sermon, cultural analyst and English professor Greg Garrett told students and faculty at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.

Expanded purpose for BGCT annual meeting proposed

Expanded purpose for BGCT annual meeting proposed

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board unanimously voted to expand the purpose and programming of Texas Baptists’ annual meeting beyond its traditional focus as a business event.

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