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‘Taking sides’ prevalent in Baptist life, Dallas pastor observes

Since the time of Christ, his followers have been “taking sides,” Dallas pastor George Mason told Texas Baptists. But Christians can ill afford to exclude people Christ has included, he noted.
       

Three ministries honored with Texas Baptist Missions Foundation awards

The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation celebrated 25 years of service at its annual mission awards luncheon during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting, honoring a medical clinic, a ministry to urban youth and a church that discovered new avenues of ministry after being devastated by Hurricane Ike.
       

Islamic scholars debate whether Muslims should serve in non-Muslim armies

As investigators seek to uncover what motivated Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to kill 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, one lead they are exploring is his apparent worry that serving in the U.S. Army compromised his Muslim faith.
       

Stream event caters to Baptists under age 35

streamThe first group of messengers and visitors to arrive in Houston for the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting of Texas Baptists was a little different than normal. They all were under age 35, participants in Stream—a special event added to the meeting schedule to appeal to young Baptists.
       

Annual meeting draws few for business, many for outreach

The BGCT annual meeting in Houston attracted the fewest messengers in at least 60 years, but a series of evangelistic events prior to the meeting marked the largest number of professions of faith in Christ of any similar event in recent history.
       

Prison ministry weekend sees 1,405 people accept Christ

More than 200 volunteers shared their faith with 14,000 offenders in the Pam Lynchner State Prison and the Harris County jail, and 1,405 men and women became followers of Christ. In all, more than 2,400 spiritual decisions were made as a result of the outreach.
       

How will Texas Baptists respond to ‘tsunami’ of prisoners' families?

David ValentineThe next disaster facing the United States isn’t a hurricane, tornado or flood, a Huntsville pastor insisted. It’s a ‘tsunami’ of families affected by incarceration, which may be as large as 350,000 people.

       

Fort Worth church declines to send messengers to BGCT

Rather than face a challenge from the floor, Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth chose not to send messengers to the state convention, saying it was “in the best interests of both our church and the BGCT.”
       

Chaplain aids grief-stricken at Fort Hood following massacre

Nothing prepared Army Chaplain Jason Palmer for his initial tour of the yellow-taped crime scene at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center, where he saw trails of blood still on the floor, bloody handprints on the walls and the telephone pole outside where the alleged shooter collapsed to the ground after being shot four times in the abdomen.
       

Pastor deals with two mass murders that affect same Central Texas town

Randy Wallace, pastor of First Baptist Church in Killeen, Texas, recalls that a man in his church survived the Luby’s cafeteria shooting in 1991, when 23 people were killed and 20 were wounded in Killeen. Coupled with the recent Fort Hood shooting, Wallace noted how mathematically improbable it is for one relatively small town to be directly affected by two mass murders within 20 years.
       

Moldovan orphans give back as expressions of thanks

Eight Moldovan children and youth in the care of Children’s Emergency Relief International recently set out to give back to others in need through partnership with a church that helps people with disabilities.
       

ETBU basketball teams take game on the road, leading clinics for youth

Members of the East Texas Baptist University men’s and women’s basketball teams held simultaneous basketball clinics at four apartment complexes where they helped more than 120 children improve their basketball skills—and presented a low-key Christian witness.
       

Around the State

Howard Payne University will host the 26th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Nov. 25.
       

On the Move

Austin Adams to First Church in Texarkana as middle school minister.
       

Students challenged to look into the eyes of poverty

Photographer/filmmaker David Johnson told about 150 people at Baylor University’s Poverty Summit they need to talk about "how we can make sustainable change."
       
 
 
 
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