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Baptist institutions consider impact of same-sex marriage ruling

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationally, some religiously affiliated educational and benevolent institutions face unanswered questions about their policies.

River Ministry shifts focus to urban centers in Mexican interior

River Ministry shifts focus to urban centers in Mexican interior

After more than four decades of missions work in rural villages along the Rio Grande, Texas Baptists’ River Ministry is expanding deeper into Mexico’s interior, focusing on rapidly growing cities where half the nation’s population lives.

DBU students begin summer serving in Chile

DBU students begin summer serving in Chile

Nineteen Dallas Baptist University students—all members of service fraternities and sororities—began their summer vacation ministering in Chile.

Texas Baptist Hunger Offering provides food for Dom people in Gaza

Texas Baptist Hunger Offering provides food for Dom people in Gaza

A marginalized people group in the Gaza Strip that receives little government aid benefits from food provided through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.

Obituary: David Hall

David Hall, 67, longtime pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Garland, died June 20 in Rowlett.

Texas Tidbits: Baptist Health Foundation assists agencies aiding Texas flood victims

Texas Tidbits: Baptist Health Foundation assists agencies aiding Texas flood victims

The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio awarded $25,000 to Texas Baptist Men and $50,000 to the Texas Salvation Army to help rural flood victims.

Texas worship band helps students navigate life’s journey

Texas worship band helps students navigate life’s journey

For 15 years, the Texas-based worship band Burgundy Road has helped teenagers and young adults navigate life’s journey.

Trailer park congregations central to church planter’s ministry

Trailer park congregations central to church planter’s ministry

Trailer parks exist on the periphery of some people’s lives—transient communities on the edge of town, occupied by residents they may see as living on the edge of society. But they are central to the ministry of one North Texas Baptist church planter.

DBU students lead worship conference in Canada

DBU students lead worship conference in Canada

Students from Dallas Baptist University journeyed to Canada to lead a conference on congregational worship for about two-dozen churches of varied ethnic backgrounds in the Vancouver area.

ETBU students learn and serve in Africa

ETBU students learn and serve in Africa

Two student groups from East Texas Baptist University who traveled to Africa served 1,800 miles apart, but they shared a common purpose—to learn about cross-cultural missions and servant leadership.

Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas

From both his pulpit and his back porch, Kyle Childress has been asking questions about violence and war, poverty and wealth, and caring for God’s earth.

CBF of Texas elects officers, sets budget

CBF of Texas elects officers, sets budget

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas elected a pair of officers and adopted a quarter-million-dollar budget during its gathering, held in conjunction with the national CBF general assembly June 18.

Texas Tidbits

Texas Tidbits: Howard Payne receives grant for scholarships

Howard Payne University has received $25,000 in scholarship funds from TexasBank through the Doss Foundation. The gift to HPU for its Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund was part of an $88,000 contribution to Brownwood-area high schools and colleges for scholarships in 2015. In the last seven years, the Doss Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to educational institutions in the region.

CBF elects Texans to leadership. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship elected nine Texas Baptists to national leadership positions during its 2015 general assembly, June 17-19.  Beasley, senior pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, was elected to the governing board. Jackie Baugh Moore, vice president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation in San Antonio, and Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, were elected to the missions council. Katie Sciba, medical social worker with AARN Health Services in Stafford, was electged CBF recorder. Christopher Mack, minister of young adults at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, and Jenny Howell, a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty member in the Religion Department at Baylor University in Waco, were elected to the nominating committee. Patricia Ayres, a ranching, business and investment professional from Austin; Os Chrisman, a judge and attorney from Dallas; and George Cowden, an attorney from San Antonio, were elected to the CBF Foundation.

Electrician killed at Baylor construction site. Jeffrey Thaemert, 51, of Waco, an independent electrician, died June 12 in an accident at the construction site of Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. jeffrey thaemert103Jeffrey Thaemert“This is a terrible tragedy that touches every member of our community,” Baylor President Ken Starr said. “Our thoughts and prayers go immediately to the family of Mr. Thaemert and his friends. As those whose hope outshines our earthly bodies, we find peace in these unhappiest of times knowing that the Lord we serve is near to the brokenhearted and that he goes to prepare a place for us. We pray that this same peace, which transcends all understanding, would provide comfort to the Thaemert family at this very sad hour.” The incident marked the second death involving a construction worker at Baylor in the recent past. Last year, Jose Davrio Suarez was killed while working on the pedestrian bridge to connect McLane Stadium to the Baylor campus. 

BUA named most affordable Bible college in Texas. Baptist University of the Américas ranks No. 1 in Texas in terms of affordability and among the top 20 most affordable Bible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to a survey of 1,200 colleges and universities conducted by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The survey determined the top 50 institutions that offer Bible-based, Christian education. Schools were selected on the basis of their ministry programs, academics, financial aid and focus on Christian culture. BUA offers bachelor’s degrees in business leadership, biblical and theological studies, human behavior, music, and Spanish language and literature, along with an associate degree in cross-cultural Studies.

Women in Ministry honors Austin church. Baptist Women in Ministry presented its 2015 Church of Excellence Award to First Baptist Church of Austin on the eve of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly in Dallas June 17. The award recognizes congregations for the advocacy of and support for women engaged in ministry. The Austin church was a leader in ordaining women as deacons and ordaining women to the gospel ministry, the award presentation noted. From 2000 to 2014 under the leadership of former Pastor Roger Paynter, the church ordained 10 women to ministry, and all of them still are active in ministry. At First Baptist, leaders come from both genders, “just as God intended it to be,” Paynter said.

CBF Foundation honors two Texans. Babs Baugh of San Antonio and Patsy Weeks of Bangs received awards from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation during the CBF general assembly in Dallas. Baugh accepted the Patricia Ayres Award for Generous Giving. She is president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, which has supported a wide array of Baptist causes across several decades, and she has served on boards of directors of numerous Baptist organizations. Weeks received the CBF Foundation Award of Excellence. She is a retired librarian and has supported CBF weekly for years. Both 2015 recipients reflect “a lifestyle of giving,” CBF Foundation President James Smith said.

Randall tapped to lead Religious Liberty Council. The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s Religious Liberty Council elected Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.—a congregation affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas—as co-chair June 19. Randall’s election occurred during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Dallas. The council’s representatives on the Baptist Joint Committee board are Jackie Baugh Moore of Fair Oaks Ranch, vice president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, and Jesse Rincones of Lubbock, executive director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.

Obituary: Julia Graham

Julia Graham, 98, longtime missionary to the Middle East with her husband Finlay Graham, died June 17 in Dallas.

Mormonism gradually moving closer to Christianity, Truett professor observes

Mormonism moving closer to Christianity, Truett prof observes

While political alliances between Southern Baptists and Mormons on issues like same-sex marriage are nothing new, a Baptist scholar asserts the two camps have more in common theologically than many assume.

 
 
 
 
 
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