Texas Baptists to gather in Houston, wanting to share hope

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting are gathering Nov. 16-17 with an eye toward Easter. They will focus on how they can pray for neighbors, care for people in need and share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010.

Conference set to discuss Calvinism, leadership styles

The Center for Effective Leadership and the Center for Informed Faith are coming together to encourage discussion on Calvinism and effective leadership styles during a new event called the G-5 Leadership Conference, scheduled Nov. 17 after the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Cambodian pastor returns with the gospel to land he fled 30 years ago

Cambodian pastor Rindo Nong describes his flight from the Khmer Rouge in 1979, his conversion to Christ in a Thai refugee camp and a journey to the Philippines and then to Fort Worth, Texas. He now is pastor of a Cambodian mission church sponsored by Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Struggles bring Christians closer to God, speaker asserts

At times, ministry—like life itself—will be a struggle, Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love and pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., told the Youth Ministry Conclave.

Schools welcome appropriate help, administrator says

Participants pray during Youth Ministry Conclave, a Texas Baptist-sponsored event for youth workers and leaders.

DBU students share basketball, cheerleading and the gospel in Korea

A 42-member team of student athletes, cheerleaders, coaches, trainers and staff from Dallas Baptist University spent fall break in Seoul, South Korea, leading sports clinics for children and youth, ministering to homeless people and sharing their faith.

Musician honors promise to his father, the pastor

Before singer/songwriter Josh Wilson received his first guitar, he had to make a promise to his father to use the instrument for God.

Religious freedom requires Baptists to hold in tension certain principles

Baptists must hold in tension three sets of paradoxical ideas if they are to remain faithful to their heritage and champion freedom, Brent Walker told participants at the T.B. Maston Christian Ethics Award Dinner Oct. 30 in Dallas.

On the Move

David Matthews to Royal Lane Church in Dallas as pastor.

Passion for creation care motivates MK from Kenya

Craig Sorley told students at Wayland Baptist University how he came to co-found Creation Care and why good stewardship "begins with a change in attitude toward natural resources."

Steve Fee shares music, message and mission

While leading worship at this year’s Texas Baptist Youth Ministry Conclave, Steve Fee shared messages of hope and encouragement with youth workers who minister in the context of the struggles and challenges students face.

Austin church gave mobile home park word of hope

Many churches sponsor fun-filled fall festivals with costumes, candy, games and bounce houses. Primera Iglesia Bautista in Austin offered a bit more—a helping hand and word of hope for people going through hard times.

Baylor University center seeks to place social workers in congregations

Placing social workers in congregations to help community members deal with practical and financial issues—as well as emotional and spiritual needs—is the aim of Walking Alongside, a project of the Center for Family and Community Ministries in Baylor University’s School of Social Work, said Jon Singletary, center director.

First Baptist Church Dallas launches $130 million building project

First Baptist Church in Dallas has launched a $130 million building project that includes the congregation's first entirely new sanctuary since the 1890s.

Around the State

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is hosting a pair of lectures this week. Marty McMahone will speak at noon Nov. 5 on “Making the Bible Stick” as a part of the College of Christian Studies’ Ministers Forum. Debbie Potts will speak at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 on “Navigating Personal Storms” as a part of the College of Humanities’ lecture series.

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