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Texas Baptist statesman Paul Powell dies at age 83

Texas Baptist statesman Paul Powell dies at age 83

Retired pastor, former denominational executive, seminary dean and Texas Baptist statesman Paul Powell died Dec. 28 in Tyler after complications from a stroke two weeks earlier. He was 83.

       
Pineapple plantation in Costa Rica becomes missions base

Pineapple plantation in Costa Rica becomes missions base

The world’s largest organic pineapple farm became a Texas Baptist church’s missions base in Costa Rica, thanks to a Corsicana layman.

       
Buckner in East Texas rings in Christmas for vulnerable children

Buckner in East Texas rings in Christmas for vulnerable children

Christmas came early this year for vulnerable families and children served through Buckner in East Texas.

       
UMHB claims first NCAA Division III national title

UMHB claims first NCAA Division III national title

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor fought off Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a 10-7 victory in the Stagg Bowl to claim the NCAA Division III championship in Salem, Va. (Temple Daily Telegram)

       
ETBU softball team shows Christ’s love in Costa Rica

ETBU softball team shows Christ’s love in Costa Rica

Several never had participated in a mission trip or traveled outside the United States. A few never had flown on an airplane. But members of the East Texas Baptist University softball team overcame fear of the unknown to show Christ’s love in Costa Rica.

       
TBM collects Bibles and Christian books for prisons

TBM collects Bibles and Christian books for delivery to prisons

Texas Baptist Men—working with a North Texas radio station, LifeWay Christian Stores and First Baptist Church in Dallas—provided more than 90 cases of Bibles and Christian books to Texas prisons this year, and organizers of the effort hope to do more in 2017.

       
Frisco teacher makes impact on children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls

Frisco teacher makes impact on children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls

Lisa Schaefer isn’t much of a shopper. It just doesn’t excite her—unless it helps vulnerable children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.

       
Smart-on-Crime Coalition calls for criminal justice reform

Smart-on-Crime Coalition calls for criminal justice reform

The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and other members of the Smart-on-Crime Coalition have urged state legislators to enact criminal justice reform, including programs to help ex-offenders re-enter the free world.

       
Fired Baylor athletics employee sues Pepper Hamilton firm

Fired Baylor athletics employee sues Pepper Hamilton firm

Tom Hill, a former Baylor University athletics employee who was fired amid the school’s sexual assault scandal, has sued the law firm that investigated the university’s response to sexual assault allegations.

       
Baylor philanthropy expert suggests five factors to consider in choosing charities

Baylor philanthropy expert suggests five factors to consider in choosing charities

Andy Hogue, director of the philanthropy and public service program at Baylor University, said givers should consider five key areas as they assess who they are, what they have been given and the needs and opportunities around them.

       
Wayland students help developmentally disabled launch soap business

Wayland students help developmentally disabled launch soap business

Wayland Baptist University business students are helping Plainview residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities create and sell a line of fragrant soaps.

       
Sexual assault crisis could cost Baylor $223 million, expert estimates

Sexual assault crisis could cost Baylor $223 million, expert estimates

The sexual assault crisis at Baylor University could cost the school up to $223 million in expenses and lost revenue, a professional services firm that specializes in business valuation and litigation consulting estimates.

       
Texas Baptists make Cuban connection

Texas Baptists make Cuban connection

Two leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Great Commission Team served a week of ministry and missions in Cuba, returning home about one week before Fidel Castro’s death.

       
Baylor regents reject reform group’s call for new investigation

Baylor regents reject reform group’s call for new investigation

Baylor University’s board of regents reaffirmed confidence in the Pepper Hamilton investigation of the university’s response to sexual violence, rejecting a call by Bears for Leadership Reform for another probe.

       
Waco church opens doors to LGBT members

Waco church opens doors to LGBT members

Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco amended its bylaws Nov. 30 to identify as “a welcoming and affirming community” accepting “all persons into membership and full participation in the life and ministry of our congregation.”

       
 
 
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