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Cultural festival provides churches in Valley occasion to share the gospel

The main streets of Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville filled with more than 20,000 people, flavorful food, festive music and brightly-colored floats during Charro Days, a weeklong festival celebrating the heritage between the sister cities. And a group of 55 church members gathered to share the hope of Christ with those they encountered that day.
       

Board distances BGCT from gay-affirming Dallas church

Doug WashingtonThe BGCT Executive Board voted May 25 to refuse any financial contributions from Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, which has ordained as deacons practicing homosexuals, and the board asked the church to stop identifying itself as affiliated with the convention. Video Included

       

Texas board approves curriculum standards with nationwide impact

In spite of protests, the Texas State Board of Education voted May 21 to approve social studies curriculum standards that urge high school students to examine church-state separation critically—a move likely to affect textbooks nationwide.
       

Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor awarded its first doctoral degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. Six students earned doctoral degrees, 21 received master’s degrees and 281 earned baccalaureate degrees. Andy Davis, pastor of First Church in Belton, was awarded an honorary doctorate.
       

Granbury churches show love for their community

More than 600 volunteers from churches representing seven denominations participated in the "Love Granbury" outreach effort to the community.
       

Christian Men's Job Corps helps ex-offenders start new lives

Christian Men’s Job Corps is a personal, spiritual and job-skills development effort  sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union that teaches topics such as money management, resume writing, interview coaching and computer training.
       

On the Move

Rudy Hernandez to Community Bible Chapel in Spur as interim pastor.
       

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.
       
 
 
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