Huntsville campus encounters the gospel through a pair of chairs

Each Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters, Lauren Sierra, campus missionary for the Sam Houston State University Baptist Student Ministry, walked to the center of campus where student activities were buzzing, taking with her two metal folding chairs and a white board that read, “Take a seat—questions about life.”Video Included


Music minister adds to massive collection one hymnal at a time

Ever since he discovered at a second-hand bookstore a 1937 Stamps-Baxter paperback edition of Favorite Radio Songs from KRLD in Dallas-- autographed by Virgil Stamps-- Ron Veal's been hooked on hymnals.

Chilean pastors living in tents as winter approaches

More than two months after an earthquake rocked Chile, rains have begun and winter soon will arrive, leaving a group of Baptist pastors bracing for the cold in small tents that have become their impromptu homes in the wake of the disaster.

On the Move

Joel Bartlett to First Church in Sanger as co-youth minister.

Around the State

Three Tarrant Association churches are teaming up to celebrate their adoption of the Celebrating Grace Hymnal with a hymnody workshop and joint congregational concert.

Texas Tidbits

Pillars: A Celebration of Seniors, the first conference and retreat for senior adults sponsored by Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, will feature keynote speaker Grant Teaff, Baylor’s former head football coach, and workshops on missions, grandparenting, estate planning and overcoming anxiety in personal evangelism.

Our House, BCFS work together to serve homeless, at-risk youth

Our House and Baptist Child & Family Services have announced plans to work together to provide much needed transitional services to struggling young adults in Abilene.

'NanoKnife' in use at Valley Baptist Medical Center

A new treatment for cancer patients that kills cancer cells with electricity while not harming surrounding healthy tissue was performed for the first time in Texas at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

USDA offers churches free food for summer feeding programs

In communities where more than 50 percent of children or youth are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs at school, the USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture are offering to provide free food for congregations willing to serve as distribution or feeding points.

Students compete in Bible drill, speakers’ competitions

Several hundred junior high and high school students participated in the Texas Bill Drive state finals May 1, drilling against each other in the areas of finding Scripture and reciting Scripture.

Northeast Texas church shows love for its community

First Baptist Church in Bogata loves its town and every person in it—all 1,300 of them. The congregation is in a campaign called “First loves Bogata,” an effort to share the gospel with every person in the city.

Hospital, clinic partner to bring hope to working poor in Garland

Steven Arze, a member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, serves as medical director of Hope Clinic, a Christian health care provider for the working poor in Garland, and works as director of the emergency department at Baylor Medical Center at Garland.Video Included

Katrina evacuee graduates with honors from ETBU

Despite the loss of her home in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lynn Wartberg refused to allow a hurricane to stop her from achieving a life-long goal—earning a college degree.

Church uncovers, serves hidden hungry

Many would see an elementary school student stealing food off a teacher’s desk as a behavioral problem. But there was a bigger problem, and First Baptist Church in Whitehouse stepped up to help resolve the issue.

Bike Out Hunger cyclists ride 415 miles, raise $9,400 for hunger efforts

bike outFor Job Gonzalez, cycling 415 miles during the Bike Out Hunger tour April 19-24 wasn’t just a test of his own strength and competition. It was a personal journey driven by the hungry children and families he sees daily as he rides through the colonias near his home in McAllen—areas that lack clean running water and adequate sewer systems.Video Included

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