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Texas Tidbits: Governor signs pastor protection bill

Texas Tidbits: Governor signs pastor protection bill

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill protecting Texas pastors and churches from lawsuits or state penalties for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. The bill—supported by Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission—bars lawsuits and government penalties against ministers who refuse to officiate or churches that refuse to make their facilities available for same-sex wedding ceremonies if those actions violate sincerely held religious belief. “Religious leaders in the state of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts,” Abbott said.

Baptist Foundation of Texas hires investment consultant. Baptist Foundation of Texas has hired consultant Roddy Cummins to work with the foundation’s investment team. His appointment comes after launching a marketing and branding study earlier this year to understand the brand perception among critical stakeholders. roddy cummins130Roddy CumminsCummins, who brings more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector to his new position, will provide direction and expertise on the development of new, flexible product offerings in the investment department. Prior to his retirement in March, Cummins served as chief investment officer at GuideStone Capital Management from 1998 to 2015. He previously worked for the Baptist Foundation of Texas from 1991 to 1998. A member of the National Society of Institutional Investment Professionals Texas Advisory Board, the Baylor Scott & White Specialty Healthcare System Board and the Parkland Foundation Investment Committee, Cummins earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance with honors from Texas A&M University and is a chartered financial analyst. 

Shallowater pastor named director of church evangelism. Mitch Wilson, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Shallowater, has been named director of church evangelism with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. mitch wilson130Mitch WilsonHe served 19 years at the church in Shallowater, near Lubbock. In his new role, which began June 1, Wilson will encourage Texas Baptists in evangelism among the 12 million unchurched people in Texas. Through leading evangelism events Engage and (un)Apologetic conferences and spearheading the Pray 4 Every Home initiative, Wilson will help church leaders develop strategies for intentional and relational evangelism. Previously, Wilson was pastor at River Road Baptist Church in Amarillo and was a bivocational youth minister while a student at Wayland Baptist University. In addition graduating from Wayland, he also attended Southwestern Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children and four grandchildren. 

       

Obituary: Dan McLendon Sr.

Dan McLendon Sr., 98, died June 3 in San Antonio. He was longtime education director and associate pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and vice president at Baptist Child and Family Services.

       
Chaplains trained to shine the light in dark situations

Chaplains trained to shine the light in dark situations

The Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions is helping certify chaplains to minister in hospitals, the military and a wide range of other settings, and in turn to train others.

       
North Texas association launches initiative to pray for every home

North Texas association launches initiative to pray for every home

Churches of Collin Baptist Association wanted to emphasize prayer, starting with their own neighborhoods. Now, their vision is expanding across the state.

       
Ministry comes full circle for Texas Baptist musician

Ministry comes full circle for Texas Baptist musician

After serving in youth ministry almost a decade, Buna native Micah Tyler saw God provide opportunities and open doors to communicate the gospel creatively through songs.

       
Connecting faith and sports can be challenging, Truett Seminary professor says

Connecting faith, sports can be challenging, Truett professor says

A top athlete himself, John White says it can be difficult getting athletes, coaches and teams to see the value in acknowledging their bodies belong to Christ.

       
ommission backs off plan to allow historical racing terminals

Commission backs off plan to allow historical racing terminals

Opponents of gambling expansion in Texas haven’t entered the winner’s circle yet, but with the finish line in sight, they appear to have scored a major victory in defeating slot-machine-style historical racing terminals at horse and greyhound tracks.

       
San Angelo volunteers serve hungry bus passengers

San Angelo volunteers serve hungry bus passengers

First Baptist Church in San Angelo takes snack sacks to passengers on the afternoon bus that stops there each Sunday for one simple reason—hungry people.

       
Texas Tidbits: Editor receives lifetime achievement honor

Texas Tidbits: Editor receives lifetime achievement honor

Baptist Standard Editor Marv Knox has been named the fourth recipient of the Greg Warner Lifetime Achievement Award in Religious Journalism by directors of Baptist News Global.

       
Texas Baptists continue relief and response in wake of disasters

Texas Baptists continue relief and recovery in wake of disasters

Whether they wield chainsaws to clear debris, cook meals for emergency shelters, wash laundry for displaced families or clear mud from flooded houses, Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers are meeting immediate needs around the state.

       
Healthcare changes could impact churches

Healthcare changes could impact churches

Churches with more than one employee that have directly paid or reimbursed ministers or other staff for individual health insurance policy premiums tax-free could face penalties unless they change practices before July 1.

       
No end of service in sight for Duncanville RA leaders

No end of service in sight for Duncanville RA leaders

Two laymen at First Baptist Church in Duncanville collectively have invested more than seven decades in Royal Ambassadors. And they show no signs of slowing down.

       
Families worship and serve together at Katy church

Families worship and serve together at Katy church

More than 3,000 people of widely varied ages worship each week at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy. Bucking a decades-old national trend, children past nursery age sit with their parents during Sunday morning worship.

       
Church apologizes for disciplining wife of confessed pedophile

Church apologizes for disciplining wife of confessed pedophile

A Dallas-area megachurch apologized to a wife subjected to church discipline for leaving her husband without permission after learning he is attracted to children.

       
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous"; and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.

Lawmakers approve pastor protection bill, fail to reform payday lending

In the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers passed bills protecting ministers from being forced to participate in same-sex marriages and giving county law enforcement greater ability to crack down on illegal gaming rooms.

       
 
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