Public baptisms make a statement to community

As a way to empower individuals to make a faith statement to a community, some congregations are moving their baptisms from inside a church baptistry to outside in public places.

Roving chaplain meets spiritual needs at three Amarillo senior facilities

Chaplain Bryan Cooper is the roving chaplain at The Arbors, The Heritage Convalescent Center and Georgia Manor Nursing Homes in Amarillo.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s board of regents authorized the relocation of the Baylor School of Social Work to downtown Waco and approved a $403.3 million operating budget for the university in 2010-2011.

Grand jury hears evidence in church-arson cases

A grand jury began hearing testimony May 13 in the case of two men suspected of burning down 10 churches in East Texas in January and February, a television station in Tyler, Texas, reported.

Book says white churches can learn from blacks

After resigning abruptly in 1992 from one of the largest and most influential churches in the nation, First Baptist Church in Dallas, and going through a divorce within two years, Joel Gregory's ministry appeared to be over. Through it all, he says, one minister kept calling him.

Religious leaders decry proposed Texas textbook standards

Two Baptist ministers joined about two dozen other religious leaders in a May 12 press conference at the Texas Capitol to decry school textbook standards they say would weaken instruction about religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

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.
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