Around the State

A LifeWay women’s “Going Beyond” weekend will be held Feb. 19-20 at McKinney Church in Fort Worth. Keynote personalities include author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer and worship leader Anthony Evans.

On the Move

Eric Black to First Church in Covington as pastor.

Baylor baseball team discovers match made in heaven, by way of Havana

When the players on the Baylor University baseball team learned they would be traveling to Cuba, they didn’t know what to expect. But it turned out to be a match made in heaven—by way of Havana.

Every baptism preaches a sermon to children, researcher insists

While parents remain the primary influences in bringing children to faith, a new Dallas Baptist University study found pastors have a larger impact than previously believed.

Amarillo layman among 10 workers jailed in Haiti

On Feb. 11, Haitian authorities continued to hold 10 Baptists from the United States charged with child kidnapping, but Reuters news service reported the judge overseeing their case had decided to release them.

Texas Baptists urged to send ‘buckets of hope’ to help Haiti

bucketsThe Baptist General Convention of Texas is encouraging churches to collect buckets of food that will be picked up across the state by Texas Baptist Men and shipped through the Florida Baptist Convention to hurting and hungry people in Haiti.Video Included

Terminally ill pastor, Odessa church on journey together

Mike JohnsonThe congregation of Caprock Baptist Church in Odessa asked Mike Johnson to become their pastor knowing Johnson suffers from a terminal illness.Video Included

Rowlett church found super opportunity to feed the hungry

The big NFL game was a super time for First Baptist Church to care for the hungry.

Texas Baptists aim to eradicate hunger by 2015

Cooperating on a policy and practical level, Baptists are gathering with fellow Christians as well as with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture in an effort to make Texas food secure—with every person getting three healthy meals a day—by 2015, starting with San Antonio by 2012.

Houston Hispanic Evangelism Conference sparks commitments

Hispanic evangelism conf.The two-day Hispanic Evangelism Conference in Houston focused on the issues faced by Hispanics as they attempt to influence and care for their communities and spread the gospel in their spheres of influence.Video Included


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.
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