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MercyMe puts new spin on Christmas classics

By adding a modern approach and updated style on their new album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, the contemporary Christian group MercyMe hopes audiences will find new meaning in Christmas classics.

       
Texas Baptists launch gift catalog to benefit missions

Texas Baptists launch gift catalog to benefit missions

Through its Missions Gift Catalog this Christmas season, the Baptist General Convention of Texas is offering 34 opportunities to help people in need throughout Texas and around the world.

       
Focus on becoming the authentic people of God, not just institutional success

Focus on becoming the authentic people of God, not just institutional success

Theological education should help “the whole people of God” move toward maturity as the body of Christ, educational specialist Linda Cannell told participants at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute’s fall colloquy.

       
Sometimes words are not enough, Joel Gregory and Ralph West insist

Sometimes words are not enough, Joel Gregory and Ralph West insist

When words are not enough and language reaches its limit, Christians enter into Christ’s suffering and death through the symbolism of the Lord’s Supper, two prominent preachers reminded Texas Baptists.

       
Hardage thanks Texas Baptists for making a difference

Hardage thanks Texas Baptists for making a difference

Texas Baptists are engaged in life-changing and difference-making work around the state, Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director David Hardage reported at the convention’s annual meeting.

       
Laziness threatens soul competency & priesthood of believers, Arlington pastor says

Laziness threatens key Baptist beliefs, Arlington pastor says

Traditional distinctive Baptist beliefs about soul competency and the priesthood of believers may be endangered more by laziness and a laissez faire attitude by laity than from any frontal assault by fundamentalism, said Dennis Wiles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Arlington.

       
Calvinism debate should not divide Baptist churches, Truett dean says

Calvinism should not divide Baptist churches, Truett dean says

Varying degrees of allegiance to Reformer John Calvin’s views on the doctrine of salvation should not split Baptist churches, Todd Still, dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, told a Texas Baptist workshop.

       
Baptists best when they allow debate and dissent, San Angelo pastor says

Baptists best when they allow debate and dissent, San Angelo pastor says

Since God made humans as spiritual beings, spiritual discussions matter, Taylor Sandlin, pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, insisted at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.

       
Advocacy a type of demonstrative evangelism, public policy director says

Advocacy demonstrates God's love, public policy director says

Advocacy is the public outworking of private faith, explained Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. And the concept of advocating for others, especially the poor and vulnerable, is found throughout the Bible.

       
ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, religious liberty activists assert

ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, religious liberty activists assert

Oppressed religious minorities in Iraq deserve for the world to identify their plight accurately, leaders of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative told a Texas Baptist gathering.

       
McLeod honored for service in intentional interim ministry

McLeod honored for service in intentional interim ministry

Jimmy McLeod, intentional interim pastor of Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas, received the 2015 Maples/Williamson/Daehnert Award from the Texas Baptist Intentional Interim Ministry Network.

       
BGCT messengers elect officers, adopt $35.4 million budget

BGCT messengers elect officers, adopt budget

Texas Baptists elected by acclamation the president of a Hispanic school, a first-generation Ethiopian immigrant pastor and the pastor of a historic county-seat First Baptist Church as top officers of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

       

Texas Tidbits: BGCT to honor top Cooperative Program giving churches.

Texas Baptists will honor nine churches at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Frisco for their giving to the Cooperative Program unified missions budget.

       

Obituaries: Garrett, Kuenstler, West, Villanueva, Pool

Myrta Garrett, wife of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology James Leo Garrett, died Oct. 3 in Nacogdoches. Other deaths were Truett Kuenstler, 88, Oct. 11 in Haskell; Tommy West, 68, Oct. 27 in Georgetown; Emma Villanueva, 72, Nov. 2; and Marsha Pool, 74, Nov. 3 in Dallas.

       
Texas Baptists respond to Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Texas Baptists respond to Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon

Texas Baptists continue to work with ministry partners in Lebanon to make life more bearable for Syrian refugees and provide educational opportunities for refugee children—including learning about Jesus.

       
 
 
 
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