Relief slow in Haiti, but hope is emerging

Nearly three weeks after an earthquake left an estimated 200,000 people dead, Texas Baptist disaster relief volunteers find life in Haiti remains in as many pieces as the buildings toppled throughout Port-au-Prince.Video Included

McAllen medical volunteers serve around-the-clock needs in Haiti

Haiti girlServando Silva and Matt Johnson packed for a mission to Haiti before a mission even was planned. The nurse and doctor from Baptist Temple in McAllen had prayed for an opportunity to help meet medical needs in the wake of the Jan. 12 killer earthquake.


BUA accepts role as lead partner on ISAAC Project

Baptist University of the Americas has stepped forward to become the lead partner with the Baptist General Convention of Texas on the Immigration Service and Aid Center Project, which seeks to equip churches to work within the law to help people with their citizenship issues.

On the Move

Alan Armstrong to First Church in Conroe as student minister from Fielder Road Church in Arlington, where he was junior high pastor.

Around the State: UMHB Ministers' Forum

Michael Robinson, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor associate professor of Christian studies, philosophy and theology, is the keynote speaker at the university’s ministers’ forum Feb. 18 at noon.

Texas Tidbits: Baylor researches benefits of Scouts

Researchers with Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion have received a two-year, $992,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a series of studies examining the impact of Boy Scouts in fostering positive youth development and healthy, virtuous behaviors.

Christians challenged to engage post-Christian generation in dialogue

Rico Tice, a rector of All Saints Church in London and author of Christianity Explored, told participants at the Radical Engage conference that Christians do not evangelize because they do not understand the full gospel—who Jesus is, why he came and the life to which he calls his followers.

Valentine’s Day set as day of prayer for student missions

Go Now MissionsMore than 200 college students from around Texas will gather at First Baptist Church in Midlothian Feb. 12-14 for Go Now Missions Discovery Weekend, a time for students to worship, learn about God’s heart for the nations, minister to the local community and seek God’s guidance about serving in summer or semester missions this year.

Lots of smoke but no fire at Grapevine church

Smoke from a malfunctioning heater caused firefighters to rush to First Baptist Church in Grapevine Jan. 25.

Howard Payne students shun showers to boost Haiti relief

Two freshmen coeds at Howard Payne University did not shower for six days in mid-January—not because they were too busy or too lazy, but to raise money for a relief effort for Haiti.

Analysis: Payday lenders profit from cycle of debt

The number of payday loans in Texas has exploded. In 2008, payday and auto title loans were available in more than 2,800 locations all around Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s list of registered credit service organizations.

Nine East Texas church fires look suspicious to investigators

Federal investigators are working with state and local authorities in seeking clues to a string of blazes affecting churches in Smith, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.

Georgetown church will reach out with evangelistic cds

As part of Texas Hope 2010—an initiative to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010—Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown is distributing 10,000 evangelistic multimedia compact discs in one ZIP code and part of another.

Youth ministers excited about movie’s potential impact on teens, families

to save a lifeA nationally released feature film, To Save a Life. debuted in Burleson last month, and the youth ministers who worked to make it happen are eager to see its impact.Video Included

Temple church fire ruled arson

Temple fireInvestigators said Jan. 29 that a fire that gutted the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Temple on Jan. 19 was set deliberately. The case is now being treated as a criminal investigation.
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