Houston Baptist family receives extreme home makeover

Thousands of volunteers helped the team from the TV program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build a new home for a Baptist couple and their 13  children who had been living in FEMA trailers.

HSU community offers health and hope to Haiti

Six pairs of crutches and a cane are among the items Hardin-Simmons University students, faculty and staff donated to a Haiti relief effort. Donations were so numerous, they covered every table in one of the labs of the Sid Richardson Science Center as they were spread out for sorting.

Kerens church sees fire as a new start

Members of First Baptist Church in Kerens are seeing a fire that burned the congregation’s facilities to the ground as a new beginning.

For victims of family violence, hope returns when healing begins

Viviana Triana sometimes hears stories of unspeakable suffering in her role as a bilingual counselor at the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children in Waco.

Texas Baptists urged to build on Texas Hope 2010 momentum

texas hope 2010As the Texas Hope 2010 effort to share the gospel with every person in the state by Easter Sunday enters its final weeks, Texas Baptists should see April 4 as a stepping stone, not a finish line, speakers told the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

Two former Baptist youth-group members suspected in church arsons

arson suspectsTwo young men suspected of setting 10 East Texas churches on fire were active in the youth group of a Southern Baptist congregation before drifting away from church after the mother of one of them died three years ago.

Pastor, evangelist BO Baker dead at 86

Pastor and evangelist BO Baker Jr. died Feb. 18 in Plano at age 86. He was a noted churchman, international evangelist, author and lyricist.

New abolitionists shine light on human trafficking

A growing number of Texas Baptists are seeking to raise awareness about human trafficking as an issue, prevent it from taking place and aid victims of the atrocity.

New Baylor president affirms school’s heritage, plans to become Baptist

Although Kenneth Starr grew up in the Church of Christ and has been a member of a nondenominational church for decades, the newly elected Baylor University president affirmed the Baptist school’s heritage and pledged to “readily, cheerfully and enthusiastically” join a Baptist church by the time his tenure begins June 1.

Some Baptists gaze at Starr with cautious optimism for Baylor

When Baylor University regents announced Kenneth Starr as their unanimous choice as the school’s president, Baptist General Convention of Texas President David Lowrie acknowledged, “It caught me off guard.” But after meeting Starr at a gathering of Texas Baptist leaders, Lowrie noted he was “very impressed.”

Starr receives enthusiastic—not unanimous—welcome at Baylor

Ken StarrKenneth Starr received an enthusiastic—but not unanimous— welcome to Baylor University when he arrived at the Bill Daniel Student Center to be introduced to faculty, staff and students as the school’s president-elect.


Kenneth Starr elected Baylor University president

Kenneth W. Starr, an attorney and academician best known as the independent counsel whose investigation led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, has been elected president of Baylor University.

Texas Tidbits

Dennis Myers has been named the Dorothy Barfield Kronzer Professor in Family Studies and Jon Singletary has been named the Diana R. Garland Chair in Children and Family Studies within the Baylor University School of Social Work.

Texas Baptists pray for hurting, lost

Texas Baptists made Jan. 31 the Day of Hope and Prayer, petitioning God to provide avenues for churches to help the hurting and hungry and to take the hope of Christ to all people by Easter 2010, the goal of Texas Hope 2010.

Around the State

A LifeWay women’s “Going Beyond” weekend will be held Feb. 19-20 at McKinney Church in Fort Worth. Keynote personalities include author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer and worship leader Anthony Evans.
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