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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.

       
Truett student to study ethical issues at Auschwitz

Truett student to study ethical issues at Auschwitz

Elizabeth Andrasi, a third-year master of divinity student at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, has been selected to participate in a two-week program to explore relationships between the history of the Holocaust and contemporary ethics.

       
Book explores link between Samford University & River Ministry

Book explores link between Samford University, River Ministry

A new book by Myralyn Allgood, professor emerita of Spanish at Samford University, celebrates the long-term role of students from an Alabama Baptist school in Texas Baptists’ ministry along the Rio Grande.

       
Texas Baptists have joined the Texas Catholic Conference and other religious leaders to form Faith Leaders for Fair Lending, an effort to demand reform of the payday and auto-title lending industries in the state.

Faith Leaders for Fair Lending urge lawmakers to enact reform

Texas Baptists have joined the Texas Catholic Conference and other religious leaders to form Faith Leaders for Fair Lending, an effort to demand reform of the payday and auto-title lending industries in the state.

       
Wayland president Armes to retire next year

Wayland president Armes to retire next year

Paul Armes, who has led Wayland Baptist University as president 15 years, told trustees he will retire effective June 30, 2016.

       
Baylor regents vote to name School of Social Work for Diana Garland

Baylor regents vote to name School of Social Work for Diana Garland

Baylor University’s board of regents voted to name the School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, who has announced she will step down from her administrative position June 1 for health reasons.

       

Obituary: Bill Wheeless

Bill Wheeless Sr., 95, a longtime minister of education and music in Texas and the church page coordinator for the Baptist Standard 15 years, died April 15 in Hamilton.

       
Disaster Recovery schedules Galveston family mission trip

Disaster Recovery schedules Galveston family mission trip

Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery ministry will sponsor a family-oriented mission trip to Galveston July 26-31.

       
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CLC: Denial of benefits hampers ex-offenders’ re-entry into society

Texas needs to remove barriers that make it difficult for ex-offenders to re-enter the “free world” and become productive members of society, a public policy expert with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission insists.

       
When it comes to reaching young adults with the gospel, things are not as bleak as some suggest, a young minister told Dallas Baptist Association pastors.

Millennials want to be the church, not go to church

When it comes to reaching young adults with the gospel, things are not as bleak as some suggest, a young minister told Dallas Baptist Association pastors.

       
Texas ranks No. 2 nationally in food-insecure population

Texas ranks No. 2 nationally in food-insecure population

More than 4.65 million Texans last year—including nearly 1.9 million children—had limited or uncertain access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle, a study by Feeding America revealed.

       
ame-sex marriage and clergy rights dominate discussion of House bill

Same-sex marriage and clergy rights dominate discussion of House bill

The Texas House State Affairs Committee heard several hours of testimony on a bill to protect clergy from being compelled to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

       
 
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