Howard Payne students shun showers to boost Haiti relief

Two freshmen coeds at Howard Payne University did not shower for six days in mid-January—not because they were too busy or too lazy, but to raise money for a relief effort for Haiti.

Analysis: Payday lenders profit from cycle of debt

The number of payday loans in Texas has exploded. In 2008, payday and auto title loans were available in more than 2,800 locations all around Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s list of registered credit service organizations.

Nine East Texas church fires look suspicious to investigators

Federal investigators are working with state and local authorities in seeking clues to a string of blazes affecting churches in Smith, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.

Georgetown church will reach out with evangelistic cds

As part of Texas Hope 2010—an initiative to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010—Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown is distributing 10,000 evangelistic multimedia compact discs in one ZIP code and part of another.

Youth ministers excited about movie’s potential impact on teens, families

to save a lifeA nationally released feature film, To Save a Life. debuted in Burleson last month, and the youth ministers who worked to make it happen are eager to see its impact.Video Included

Temple church fire ruled arson

Temple fireInvestigators said Jan. 29 that a fire that gutted the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Temple on Jan. 19 was set deliberately. The case is now being treated as a criminal investigation.

Amarillo church gives entire weekend offering to TBM Haiti relief project

Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo gave $63,100 to Texas Baptist Men for disaster relief work following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The congregation sent its full weekend offering to Texas Baptist Men despite running $140,000 behind its annual budget.

Specialized Texas Baptist teams enter Haiti to offer relief

Texas Baptists helped a medical team from Baylor Hospital go serve in Haiti and have other small, specialized disaster response groups lined up to do likewise, including a Texas Baptist Men assessment team.

Volunters help Galveston clean up hurricane damage

A team of Virginia college students used their winter break to make a couple of Galveston homes damaged by Hurricane Ike a bit more livable.

Christians ask: ‘What if we had just one month to live?’

If Christians knew when they only had one month to live, what passion to make a difference would be engendered? That is the question 30 Hopkins County congregations are asking themselves during their One Month to Live campaign.Video Included

Wrestling with tough issues of faith and science

Three Baylor University professors tried to share more light than heat for participants at a seminar on “Science and Faith: Breaking Down the Wall,” at First Baptist Church in Austin. (Pew Forum Photo)

Baylor University, Baylor College of Medicine consider closer ties

More than 40 years after Baylor University in Waco and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston separated, the two institutions have begun talks regarding a strengthened relationship—but not without sparking controversy.

Albert Reyes elected sixth Buckner president

Albert ReyesAlbert Reyes was elected as the sixth president in the 131-year history of Buckner International Jan. 22, succeeding Ken Hall, who remains with Buckner as chief executive officer. video included


Texas Baptists seek ways to meet needs in Haiti

In the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Texas Baptists are mobilizing for service and seeking to multiply efforts when the country’s infrastructure is rebuilt to the point that widespread relief efforts can take place.

In face of uncertainty, Temple church members cling to faith

In the days following the Jan. 19 fire that destroyed the facility of First Baptist Church in Temple, many things are still uncertain. But members insist some things are rock-solid sure—God is in control, he loves his people and there is power in prayer.
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