Future Focus Committee recommends name change for convention

The Future Focus Committee will bring only one recommendation to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting, but it potentially could reshape the organization’s identity. Co-chairs Stephen Hatfield and Andy Pittman will present the committee’s unanimous recommendation that the 123-year-old BGCT change its name to the Texas Baptist Convention.

Coffee to be nominated for BGCT first vice president

Ken Coffee, retired associate director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas State Missions Commission, will be nominated for first vice president of the state convention at the BGCT annual meeting in Fort Worth.

Around the State

Dallas Baptist University will hold a “Patriot Preview” day for prospective students Nov. 8.

Creativity expert offers preachers a silver bullet for sermon preparation

Sermon preparation is an important part of the pastor’s tradecraft, and for some it’s a stronger part of their ministry than for others. Even pastors who have little trouble preparing a sermon each week find it’s easy to get into a rut over time, said David McCoy, a leader of creative thinking workshops.

Baptist agency leads shelter operation for Galveston

Baptist Child & Family Services has been asked to establish a state shelter in Galveston.

Empty Shoes represent lives lost to domestic violence

The “Empty Shoes” display on exhibit at the Bettie and Robert Girling Center for Social Justice at Howard Payne University commemorates National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Lottery privatization plan in Texas not dead yet, CLC chief predicts

Even though it could be 2011 before the Texas Legislature reconsiders Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal to lease the lottery, Suzii Paynter of the Texas Christian Life Commission, sees the delay as a temporary reprieve.

On the Move

Blake Atwood to First Church in Georgetown as director of media and communications.

Poverty reduction demands a ‘bottom-up’ approach

Christians must be moved by what moves God— concern for the poor, a South African pastor and social entrepreneur told a Baylor University conference on global poverty.

At 100 and 99, South Texas couple still committed to serving God

Surviving a century is a rare accomplishment, but Catarino Romero and his wife of 78 years, Margarita, have done something far more significant than survive. They have thrived, living lives of service and significance.

Children at Heart launches program to benefit runaway, homeless youth

Children at Heart Ministries has launched a new program called  SAFE—Shelter Alternatives and Family Empowermen-- to help runaway and homeless youth in Williamson County.

Three evolution critics appointed to Texas curriculum-review panel

Three of six members of a panel appointed to review proposed curriculum standards for Texas public-school science classes have criticized evolution.

Texas Tidbits

A dinner for alumni and friends of Howard Payne University will be at 5 p.m., Nov. 10, in Room 100 of the Fort Worth Convention Center during the BGCT annual meeting.

Wayland senior battles life-threatening infection to return to school

Heather Dillard’s struggle with ulcerative colitis over the summer makes a simple walk on the campus of Wayland Baptist University seem like a miracle.

Faculty, students and alumni want voice in selecting next Baylor president

Baylor University’s faculty, alumni and students want a vote in choosing the school’s next president, according to statements approved by representative bodies of each group.
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