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Fair trade fights poverty, allows gift giving with a clear conscience

fair tradeNathan George, a child of missionaries, came to the conclusion God created human beings for meaningful work. So he started  a fair-trade organization called Trade as One that helps poor and marginalized workers by bringing together markets and missions.

       

Bivocational pastor uses technology to reach community

Patrick Moses has a long commute from his home in Mansfield to his job with Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. But that hasn’t stopped Moses from starting and growing Antioch Baptist Church.
       

Buckner expands adoption services through affiliation with Dillon International

Buckner Children & Family Services will affiliate with the Oklahoma-based Dillon International child placement agency effective Jan. 1, dramatically increasing Buckner’s capability to offer international adoption services.
       

Brownwood hunters help ‘meat’ needs of hungry neighbors

This deer season, hunters are taking aim at hunger and helping a Brownwood ministry save quite a few bucks.
       

Grace, Mercy mark Galveston church’s outreach to storm victims

First Baptist Church of Galveston is giving away clothes, house supplies, toys, food and furniture at its "Grace Mart" to people affected by Hurricane Ike.
       

On the Move

Jose Allen to Ridgemont Church in Abilene as youth minister.
       

Around the State: DBU honors Drayton McLane

Dallas Baptist Univeristy will name Drayton McLane the recipient of the 2008 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award during the annual award dinner to be held Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
       

Baylor investigation sheds light on Election Day on-campus incidents

Baylor University’s continuing investigations into three Election Day incidents on campus revealed two apparently were not racially motivated as originally suspected, university officials have reported.
       

Ministers likely to dismiss or deny needs of mentally ill, Baylor study reveals

With research consistently showing that clergy—not psychologists or other mental health experts—are the most common source of help sought in times of psychological distress, a recent Baylor University study has found ministers often deny or dismiss the existence of the mental illness.
       

African-American worship rally challenges Texas Baptists to cooperate, take courage

With frequent allusions to the recent presidential election, worshippers at an African American Fellowship of Texas worship event celebrated changes in racial attitudes throughout the country as well as among Texas Baptist churches.
       

BGCT workshop explores the doctrine of God

Sharing the gospel in a world of many religions and beliefs requires Christians to have a firm grasp on who God is and what makes him unique from the many other gods in the world, said James Semple, author of the new Bible study book Bible Truths About God.
       

BGCT director challenges Texas Baptists to share the gospel with the entire state

Even though the Texas Baptist family is a diverse and complex group of 5,600 congregations, Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Randel Everett believes the family has room to grow.
       

Want to influence Texas? Love your neighbor, pastor urges in convention sermon

The best way to take care of Texas is by taking care of others, Phil Lineberger, pastor of Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, told Texas Baptists.
       

Ministry to mentally challenged demands commitment, sensitivity

Including mentally challenged children and adults in church ministry presents unique difficulties and opportunities, but Christians have a responsibility to reach “the most neglected group of Texans,” conference leaders told participants at a workshop during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.
       

Activating a church for missions: Don’t nag. Listen, equip and release

Rather than plead for people to get involved in mission work, Mary Carpenter, assistant professor of Christian studies at Howard Payne University, believes churches would benefit by listening, equipping and releasing members for service.
       
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