String of suspicious Texas church fires reaches 10

Two Baptist churches within three miles of each other burned Feb. 8, the ninth and 10th in a rash of suspicious church fires—mostly in East Texas—since Jan. 1.

Church finds renewal in opening doors to ethnic congregations

An aging Dallas congregation is experiencing renewal through outreach to ethnic churches in its area.

Biker chaplains see the parking lot as their church

Biker ChaplainsJeff Claes and his ministry partner Rod Stallings--the first two biker chaplains endorsed by Texas Baptists-- are a spiritual presence in the horde of metal and machinery. The chaplains are sources of comfort, hope and spiritual guidance for the bikers—a largely unchurched subculture.

BCFS program shows juveniles perils of peer pressure

Baptist Child & Family Services’ juvenile justice program is designed to ensure that a life of uniforms and cinderblock cells doesn’t become a reality for the young men in their care.

Church fire forces closing of day care

First Baptist Church in Temple has suspended operation of its 40-year-old Child Development Center indefinitely due to smoke and water damage from a Jan. 19 fire that authorities ruled arson.

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.
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