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.

Amarillo church gives entire weekend offering to TBM Haiti relief project

Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo gave $63,100 to Texas Baptist Men for disaster relief work following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The congregation sent its full weekend offering to Texas Baptist Men despite running $140,000 behind its annual budget.

Specialized Texas Baptist teams enter Haiti to offer relief

Texas Baptists helped a medical team from Baylor Hospital go serve in Haiti and have other small, specialized disaster response groups lined up to do likewise, including a Texas Baptist Men assessment team.

Volunters help Galveston clean up hurricane damage

A team of Virginia college students used their winter break to make a couple of Galveston homes damaged by Hurricane Ike a bit more livable.

Christians ask: ‘What if we had just one month to live?’

If Christians knew when they only had one month to live, what passion to make a difference would be engendered? That is the question 30 Hopkins County congregations are asking themselves during their One Month to Live campaign.Video Included

Wrestling with tough issues of faith and science

Three Baylor University professors tried to share more light than heat for participants at a seminar on “Science and Faith: Breaking Down the Wall,” at First Baptist Church in Austin. (Pew Forum Photo)

Baylor University, Baylor College of Medicine consider closer ties

More than 40 years after Baylor University in Waco and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston separated, the two institutions have begun talks regarding a strengthened relationship—but not without sparking controversy.
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