Professor chooses church over seminary job


A music professor has taken early retirement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary rather than resigning a part-time position and moving his membership from a church that the Southern Baptist Convention declared out of fellowship in June.

Youth minister dies in hiking accident

New Home Baptist Church in Lubbock mourned the loss of a new youth minister killed in a hiking accident at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Sunday school class shares gospel with entire ZIP code

Thanks to a Sunday school class at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, more than 18,700 homes will hear about the hope of Christ in the coming months.

Baylor professor suggests Crusades got a bum rap

In his new book God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, Baylor  University professor Rodney Stark says the Crusaders's motives have been misunderstood.

Around the State

First Church in Perryton is spearheading an effort among churches to offset the shortfall of last year’s Lottie Moon Offering.

On the Move

Corby Brizendine to First Church in Somerville as pastor from First Church in Shidler, Okla.

Texas Tidbits

The Goldsbury Foundation awarded Baptist Child & Family Services nearly $200,000 to launch a new Family Ties program to improve parenting and reduce child abuse among low-income families in the southernmost portion of Bexar County.

Word of God can transform the world, speakers tell African-American conference

The Bible provides words that can transform individuals and—in turn—the world, speakers told worshippers during the African-American Fellowship of Texas Conference.

Strong men’s ministry requires a pastor who doesn’t consider himself indispensable

An effective men’s ministry in an African-American church—or any congregation—begins with a pastor secure enough to delegate responsibility, Michael Evans told a workshop at the statewide African-American Fellowship Conference.

Baylor athletes find needs, joy on Kenya trip

A 16-member sports ministry team from Baylor University, led by Athletics Chaplain Wes Yeary, spent two weeks in Kenya offering Christ's love to children in desperate circumstances.

Students challenged to find their calling

With tears of brokenness streaming down their cheeks and hands reaching toward the heavens, more than 450 youth from around the state joined in worship, filling the campus of Jarvis Christian College as part of Camp Exalted.

Texas Hope multimedia CDs arrive in El Paso

More than 250,000 multimedia gospel compact discs arrived in El Paso in late July—enough for Baptists to blanket every home in the county with Scripture in the near future.

Hundreds in Kaufman finding hope

In seven weeks, First Baptist Church in Kaufman fed 100 of the lowest income families in the city, gave presents to 75 single mothers and held a revival to share the hope of Christ with its community.

New Braunfels church believes in keeping it simple

New Generations Fellowship in New Braunfels is listening to its neighbors. And these newly formed relationships are fueling the recent church-start to serve roughly 130 people each Sunday—70 percent of them unchurched before attending.

Student missionary blogs tell stories of changed lives

Multiple students have written online reflections about serving in missions assignments on different continents, but they all have one message—being used by God to share his love.
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