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Dallas church publicly acknowledges welcoming stance toward gays

A North Dallas church has changed its website to identify itself as inclusive of varied sexual orientations—a move that potentially could put the church at odds with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
       

Ranch provides beacon of hope to hungry and hurting

More than 300 churches from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border pick up food every two weeks from Cornerstone Children’s Ranch. In a matter of days, the ministry distributes as much as 20,000 pounds of food.
       

Former BCFS resident returns to counsel children

Julie ParraJulie Parra, a former resident at Baptist Child & Family Services, returned to supervise and counsel other children on the campus who struggle with the same feelings of anxiety, loneliness and sadness she once faced.

       

Band gets big break, identity serving as second-string worship leaders

Members of the Dutton Band balance nationwide touring with a committment to lead worship regularly at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson.
       

Baylor University slated to receive its largest gift in history

Baylor University has announced the largest gift in the school’s history—an estate provision estimated at $200 million from an anonymous donor.
       

Texas Baptists set record in giving to world hunger offering

Hunger OfferingTexas Baptists gave a record $901,401 to help the hungry through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger in 2009.

       

Religious Right spokesman on Texas school board unseated by challenger

The Religious Right suffered a surprise setback in Texas when incumbent Don McLeroy—a creationist and critic of church-state separation—narrowly lost his re-election bid for the powerful State Board of Education to challenger Thomas Ratliff in the March 2 Republican primary.
       

Church unity vital, Panhandle-Plains conference speakers stress

Churches need to practice more unity both inside their congregations and in relationship with other Christians, speakers stressed at the Panhandle-Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference.
       

On the Move

Corey Bearden has resigned as minister to students at First Church in San Marcos.
       

Texas Tidbits

Dillon International has received approval from Nepal’s Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare to place children from Nepal with adoptive families in the United States.
       

Around the State

Dillon International will present a free adoption information meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Buckner Children’s Home campus in Dallas.
       

New ministry at UT-Brownsville brings hope to students

When Osvaldo Lerma, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Filadelfia, prayerwalked the University of Texas at Brownsville campus months ago, he asked God to open doors for a Baptist Student Ministry to begin there.
       

Christians challenged to change methods to share gospel relationally

The message of hope found in Christ hasn’t changed, but Christians must change their method of delivery and their methods of evangelism to share the gospel relationally if they are going to reach the lost in society today, David Dykes, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, told the recent Engage evangelism conference in Georgetown.
       

Decisions about adoption should not be made during crisis, experts insist

Adoption is not an option in the immediate wake of a disaster. according to Deniese Dillon, Dillon International’s co-founder.
       

Bosque Association churches catch hold of New Testament distribution

The churches of Bosque Baptist Association are distributing 2,500 New Testaments as part of Texas Hope 2010, an initiative to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010.
       
 
 
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