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East Texas judge’s sentence out of bounds, Americans United asserts

Judge’s sentence out of bounds, Americans United asserts

An East Texas judge had no right to sentence a man to marriage and court-ordered Bible study, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

DBU ServantU goes international

DBU's ServantU goes international

More than 120 students from Chile, Peru and Colombia participated in ServantU International on the Dallas Baptist University campus.

Sixteen states side with HBU and ETBU in appeal

Sixteen states side with HBU and ETBU in appeal

Legal representatives of 16 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting two Texas Baptist universities and a Pennsylvania seminary in the schools’ challenge to the Health and Human Services mandate of the Affordable Care Act, popularly called “Obamacare.”

Obituary: Ted Savage

Ted Savage, 87, died July 28 in Livingston. He was pastor to senior adults at Central Baptist Church in Livingston at the time of his death, a position he held 10 years.

Bill Wiman, retiring after 30 years in religious education ministry at First Baptist Church in Bryan, says he’s seen an increasing proliferation of rich, diverse resources that has sometimes led to a loss of focus. But churches are doing a better job at emphasizing discipleship growth in small groups.

Bryan minister sees changes in religious education

After 30 years in religious education ministry at First Baptist Church in Bryan, Bill Wiman says he’s seen significant changes in methods and approaches.

Biffar recalls fun by design serving Texas Baptists

Biffar recalls fun by design serving Texas Baptists

Looie Biffar retires Aug. 13 as senior designer with Texas Baptists’ communications staff after a career of more than four and a half decades. 

Sacred Vocation program reinforces hospital system’s faith-based ideals

Sacred Vocation program reinforces hospital system’s ideals

Baylor Scott & White Health’s Sacred Vocation program—a branch of the healthcare system’s Faith in Action Initiatives—will extend to all North Texas hospitals in the fall, and the program continues to expand in Central Texas, as well.

CommonCall: Overcoming setbacks, embracing joy

CommonCall: Overcoming setbacks, embracing joy

Flo McKinney, a resident at Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, has been able to maintain a heart full of joy despite a recent injury to her arm and shoulder. A former missionary to China, her ministry continues unabated.

Texas Tidbits: State Supreme Court sidelines Houston ordinance

Texas Tidbits: State Supreme Court sidelines Houston ordinance

The Texas Supreme Court ruled July 24 that Houston must repeal a controversial non-discrimination ordinance or put it on the ballot for voters to decide.

Obituaries: Bill Foster Jr., B. J. Hart

Bill Foster Jr., 87, longtime Texas pastor and missionary, died July 24 in San Antonio. B.J. Hart, 88, a deacon and volunteer church builder and a member of the Texas Baptist Executive Board, died July 22 in Hudson Oaks. 

Wayland trustees appoint presidential search committee

Wayland trustees appoint presidential search committee

Wayland Baptist University’s board of trustees formed a presidential search committee, charged with recommending a successor to Paul Armes, who has served the school since February 2001.

Student volunteers help communities ‘Bounce’ back after floods

Student volunteers help communities ‘Bounce’ back after floods

Floods devastated parts of South Central Texas in May, but Texas Baptists’ Bounce ministry brought youth from six Texas churches to the area this summer to begin rebuilding communities.

‘Outsider’ history prepares U.S. Baptists for future, Baylor profs predict

‘Outsider’ history prepares U.S. Baptists for future, authors say

For all their diversity and predisposition to dissent, Baptists are “well-positioned to thrive” as outsiders on the edge of America’s increasingly pluralistic, secular culture, a pair of Baylor University history professors contend in their new book.

Defending religious minorities benefits majorities, faith leaders agree

Defending religious minorities helps majority, faith leaders agree

When Muslims defend Christians in Pakistan and Christians speak up for Muslims in the United States, they not only follow the highest ideals of their religions, but also act in their own enlightened self-interest.

Summer feeding programs provide children meals and discipleship

Summer feeding programs provide children meals and discipleship

During summer vacation, 2.8 million students don’t get the free or reduced lunch offered during the school year. To solve the food insecurity in the summer, the Texas Hunger Initiative created Summer Meals Expansion.

 
 
 
 
 
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