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Special session ends without passing most hot-button bills

Special session ends without passing most hot-button bills

Texas lawmakers passed half of the items on Gov. Greg Abbott’s list of priorities during the special legislative session, and the session ended with lawmakers and some advocacy group assigning blame for why more was not accomplished.

       
Protecting targets of ISIS’ genocide a religious freedom priority

Protecting targets of ISIS’ genocide a religious freedom priority

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson underlined the nation’s commitment to protecting religious and ethnic groups targeted by the so-called Islamic State as he issued his department’s first international religious freedom report since President Trump took office.

       
Intercultural churches connect people groups to the gospel

Intercultural churches connect people groups to the gospel

The New Testament book of Revelation indicates people of every tongue, tribe and nation will worship together in heaven, but most Christians tend to separate themselves when they congregate on Earth. Some Texas Baptists insist that’s not always bad.

       
Project:Start helps Kenyan church in North Texas expand refugee ministry

Project:Start helps Kenyan church in North Texas expand refugee ministry

Early this year, members of Upendo Baptist Church in Garland gathered to pray and fast, asking God to grow their church. Only a week later, Pastor Shadrack Ruto connected with 60 people in search of a new church home.

       
Thousands of faith leaders ask Congress to protect Johnson Amendment

Thousands of faith leaders ask Congress to protect Johnson Amendment

More than 4,000 religious leaders signed a letter urging Congress to maintain the Johnson Amendment—the law that bars churches from endorsing political candidates without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

       
Robert Jeffress on God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics

Robert Jeffress on God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics

Jeffress sat down for an interview with RNS after his sermon Aug. 13, just days after his words made headlines around the world.

       
Most Americans believe they are sinners but differ in response to sin

Most Americans believe they are sinners but differ in response to sin

Two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners, a new survey reveals. And most people apparently aren’t too happy about it—only 5 percent say they have no desire to mend their ways.

       
Around the State: DBU student group visits Israel; Atchison to lecture at Wayland

Around the State: DBU student group visits Israel; Atchison to lecture at Wayland

For the sixth consecutive year, Dallas Baptist University sent a student group to Israel to tour, learn and serve. Delvin Atchison, director of the Great Commission Team with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will speak on applied Christianity and daily living when he delivers the Willson Lectures at Wayland Baptist University.

       

Obituary: Carroll L. Webb Jr.

Carroll L. Webb Jr. of Waco, Baptist layman and Baylor University benefactor, died Aug. 13. He was 94.

       

On the Move: Brand, Gengler, Hodges, Phaup, Price, Pruett and Rotramel

Staff changes noted for churches in Midland, Borger, Fort Worth, Ballinger and El Paso.

       

Waco-area Christians unite in support of vandalized African-American church

Whoever broke into Willow Grove Baptist Church in Speegleville left behind a Nazi symbol of hate, but through words and deeds, Christians in the surrounding area delivered a message of love.

       
 
 
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