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God wants Christians for ‘officiating crew,’ Evans tells The Gathering

God wants Christians for ‘officiating crew,’ Evans tells The Gathering

About 35,000 people assembled for The Gathering at Baylor University’s McLane Stadium, an effort to bridge racial, denominational and socio-economic barriers and promote Christian unity.

       
CommonCall: Wrapped in a labor of love, enveloped in beauty

CommonCall: Wrapped in a labor of love, enveloped in beauty

Participants in a women’s ministry at First Baptist Church in Crowley believe every newborn baby deserves a warm welcome into the world, and every critically ill patient or infirm elderly person should face dark days enveloped by beauty.

       
Baptist Briefs: Boko Haram affects Baptists in Nigeria

Baptist Briefs: Boko Haram affects Baptists in Nigeria

The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has affected about 2,000 Baptists and more than 30 churches. Individuals have been killed, women raped, farms destroyed, and homes—including parsonages—and church buildings burned by samson olasupo ayokunle130Samson Olasupo Ayokunlevandals, reported Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Affected churches are located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa State and Benue State, all in the northern part of the country, he said. Ayokunle expressed gratitude to Baptist World Alliance officials for prayers offered on behalf of his country.

Alliance urges Congress to protect programs for the poor. The 125-church Alliance of Baptists joined Bread for the World, Children’s Defense Fund, Faith in Public Life, the National Council of Churches and about 1,300 other organizations from every state in the nation in signing a letter asking lawmakers to approve a budget that adheres to four basic principles intended to reduce poverty and spur broadly shared economic growth. The coalition called Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All urged Congress to make budget choices that protect low-income and vulnerable people; invest in broadly shared prosperity that raises incomes across the economic spectrum; increase revenues from fair sources; and seek responsible savings by targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Specifically the letter called on Congress to strengthen federal safety-net programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and protect vital services for low-income people by ending the sequestration cuts scheduled to resume next October.

       
Around the State: HPU renovates Mabee University Center

Around the State: NOW conference focuses on South Asia

Howard Payne University students are enjoying a newly renovated Mabee University Center.

       

On the Move: Charles Kuthe

Charles Kuthe to Park Springs Bible Church in Arlington as pastor from Georgia Plain Baptist Church in Milton, Vt.

       
Texas Tidbits: UMHB counseling program receives accreditation

Texas Tidbits: UMHB counseling program receives accreditation

The marriage, family and child counseling degree program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Graduate School of Counseling has received accreditation.

       
Some Baptists embrace effort to root out ‘poser’ Christians

Some Baptists embrace effort to root out ‘poser’ Christians

Author and blogger Jarrid Wilson says posers are those who claim Jesus but don’t put him at the center of their lives. Some ministers couldn’t agree more.

       
'90 Minutes in Heaven' headed to big screen

'90 Minutes in Heaven' headed to big screen

The best-selling story of a Texas Baptist minister declared dead in a car wreck who woke up 90 minutes later claiming he had been to heaven is headed to the big screen this fall.

       
Champs Camp reaches community and empowers students

Champs Camp reaches community and empowers students

At Champs Camp, First Baptist Church in Harlingen provided 215 children in grades one through five a week filled with fun, games, crafts, meals and the gospel.

       
Baptists testify against school voucher proposals

Baptists testify against school voucher proposals

Two Baptist pastors and the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission testified before the state’s Senate Committee on Education against bills they maintained would divert public funds to private faith-based schools.

       

Obituary: Vernon Webb

Vernon Webb, 64, a former member of the Texas Baptist Executive Board, died March 20 in Cibolo.

       

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