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.

Pastor’s daughter killed in crash en route to Howard Payne

Candace Beggs, 18, a Howard Payne University freshman and pastor’s daughter, was killed Oct. 26 outside Mexia in a two-car crash.

Around the State

Jeff Reeter, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual Texas Financial Group, will speak on Christian business ethics Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel.

BGCT annual meeting set to celebrate ‘Texas Our Texas’

Texas Baptists are set to celebrate missions, elect officers and approve a 2009 budget during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Fort Worth, Nov. 10-11.

Hometown summer internship leads to ministry abroad

Stephen Jones of La Grange worked at a baseball camp in Germany this summer. After spending time there as an intern, Jones now feels called to serve there.

‘Living kits’ can show ‘living God’ to people affected by Hurricane Ike

Texas Baptists are being asked to provide “living kits” victims of Hurricane Ike. Kits include basic household cleaning supplies, plates, silverware and other household items.

Trustees & directors nominated for BGCT consideration

Nominations to be considered by messengers to the BGCT annual meeting, Nov. 10-11 in Fort Worth, are presented by the Committee on Committees, Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors and the Committee for Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries.
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