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Calvinism debate should not divide Baptist churches, Truett dean says

Calvinism should not divide Baptist churches, Truett dean says

Varying degrees of allegiance to Reformer John Calvin’s views on the doctrine of salvation should not split Baptist churches, Todd Still, dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, told a Texas Baptist workshop.

       
Baptists best when they allow debate and dissent, San Angelo pastor says

Baptists best when they allow debate and dissent, San Angelo pastor says

Since God made humans as spiritual beings, spiritual discussions matter, Taylor Sandlin, pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, insisted at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.

       
Advocacy a type of demonstrative evangelism, public policy director says

Advocacy demonstrates God's love, public policy director says

Advocacy is the public outworking of private faith, explained Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. And the concept of advocating for others, especially the poor and vulnerable, is found throughout the Bible.

       
ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, religious liberty activists assert

ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, religious liberty activists assert

Oppressed religious minorities in Iraq deserve for the world to identify their plight accurately, leaders of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative told a Texas Baptist gathering.

       
McLeod honored for service in intentional interim ministry

McLeod honored for service in intentional interim ministry

Jimmy McLeod, intentional interim pastor of Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas, received the 2015 Maples/Williamson/Daehnert Award from the Texas Baptist Intentional Interim Ministry Network.

       
BGCT messengers elect officers, adopt $35.4 million budget

BGCT messengers elect officers, adopt budget

Texas Baptists elected by acclamation the president of a Hispanic school, a first-generation Ethiopian immigrant pastor and the pastor of a historic county-seat First Baptist Church as top officers of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

       

Texas Tidbits: BGCT to honor top Cooperative Program giving churches.

Texas Baptists will honor nine churches at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Frisco for their giving to the Cooperative Program unified missions budget.

       

Obituaries: Garrett, Kuenstler, West, Villanueva, Pool

Myrta Garrett, wife of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology James Leo Garrett, died Oct. 3 in Nacogdoches. Other deaths were Truett Kuenstler, 88, Oct. 11 in Haskell; Tommy West, 68, Oct. 27 in Georgetown; Emma Villanueva, 72, Nov. 2; and Marsha Pool, 74, Nov. 3 in Dallas.

       
Texas Baptists respond to Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Texas Baptists respond to Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Texas Baptists continue to work with ministry partners in Lebanon to make life more bearable for Syrian refugees and provide educational opportunities for refugee children—including learning about Jesus.

       
God can heal damaged creation, environmental scientist tells Wayland chapel

God can heal creation, environmental scientist tells Wayland chapel

If God’s people take seriously their responsibility as stewards of creation and change their behavior, God still can heal damaged land with dwindling resources, an environmental scientist told students, faculty and guests at Wayland Baptist University.

       
Loving acts earn a hearing for the gospel, Metaxas tells DBU audience

Loving acts earn a hearing for the gospel, Metaxas tells DBU audience

Christians not only should engage the culture in authentic and engaging ways, but also lead with loving and caring acts that provide an opening for them to present the gospel, author Eric Metaxas said at a leadership lecture at Dallas Baptist University.

       
BGCT messengers to vote on officers and budget

BGCT messengers to vote on officers and budget

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting will elect new officers, consider a $35.4 million budget and explore distinctive Baptist beliefs and polity.

       
Houston voters reject gay rights ordinance

Houston voters reject gay rights ordinance

Voters overwhelmingly rejected Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, designed to expand the rights of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender citizens.

       
TBM volunteers care for fire and flood survivors

TBM volunteers care for fire and flood survivors

With chainsaws and skid-steer loaders, Texas Baptist Men volunteers removed charred trees and debris from burned-out home sites in the Hidden Pines area in Bastrop County and sifted through ashes to help residents reclaim mementos that survived the blaze.

       
Missions emphasis at UMHB changes student’s life

Missions emphasis at UMHB changes student’s life

During the annual missions emphasis week at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, missionaries from around the world travel to the Belton campus to introduce students to the missionary lifestyle. For some—like Kacie Kripner—it plants seeds that ultimately change their lives.

       
 
 
 
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