Audience involvement emphasized during annual UMHB Easter pageant

From dozens of preschool children sitting on the grass to senior citizens in lawn chairs, the UMHB Easter pageant drew record crowds to the Belton campus.

More than 1,000 Texas college students on mission over spring break

Unlike their peers who spent spring break partying on a beach or catching up on sleep, more than 1,000 college students chose to serve selflessly in more than 25 locations throughout the state, nation and world, proclaiming the hope of Christ and meeting needs.

HPU students focus on service, not surf and sun, in Galveston

A group of students from Howard Payne University spent spring break helping people affected by Hurricane Ike in Galveston, serving the homeless and participating in a prayerwalk around a Houston university.

Joel Gregory to present Maston Lectures at HSU

Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, will deliver the annual T.B. Maston Lectures at Hardin-Simmons University, April 5-6.

On the Move

Clayton Chisum to First Church in Andrews as associate pastor/youth minister from Field Street Church in Cleburne, where he was minister to students.

Baptist agency serves up Operation JAVA

Baptist Child & Family Services has launched a one-of-a-kind program called JAVA that provides at-risk teens with innovative on-the-job training opportunities that aim to deter juvenile crime.

Church takes gospel CDs to Junction homes

First Baptist Church in Junction is trying to share the gospel with every home in Junction by distributing 1,200 Texas Hope 2010 multimedia gospel compact discs.

Texas Tidbits: Bike Out Hunger Ride

Texas Baptists have planned a 445-mile bicycle ride to raise money for the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger and to raise awareness about how Texans can be involved in fighting hunger and making the state food-secure by 2015.

Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will present its 71st annual Easter pageant March 31 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., all outdoors in front of the Luther Memorial arches.

Church uses family portraits as tool for outreach, ministry

Volunteers set up eight portrait studios at Cornerstone Baptist Church in innercity Dallas and took photos of about 300 families. Thirteen of the families who had their photographs taken joined the church the next Sunday.

Houston pastor heartbroken by suffering in Haiti

Pastor Marvin Delaney of South Park Baptist Church in Houston; Charlie Singleton, director of the BGCT's African-American Ministries; and Gerald Davis, BGCT community development director, have returned from a mission trip to Haiti where they saw "Christians serving as the hands and feet of Christ."

Teens raise money for Haiti relief

Drew Henderson and Nathan Crow sent Christmas bags to children in Haiti in October 2009. After the earthquake hit Haiti in January, they learned the school the children attended had been destroyed completely.

Hispanic Baptist leaders become education advocates

Although thousands of Texas students fail in high school each year, success still is possible for these students. That’s what more than 25 Texas Hispanic Baptist leaders discovered during an education advocacy day in Austin hosted by the Texas Baptist Hispanic Education Initiative and the Christian Life Commission.

Ethicist urges Christian universities to stand strong

GusheeChristian universities that maintain a strong faith commitment—while also holding to high academic standards—are swimming against the tide of secularism and performing a public service, ethicist David Gushee told a group at Wayland Baptist University.

Single adults an 'army in waiting,' ministry specialist insists

An army of people is waiting to do something great for God—if churches will take the time to notice them, minister to them and empower them to do so, a single-adult ministry specialist said at the Texas Baptist Single Adult Conference at Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown.
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