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Baptist Briefs: BWA welcomes change in U.S.-Cuba relationship

Baptist Briefs: BWA welcomes change in U.S.-Cuba relationship

Leaders of the Baptist World alliance applauded announced changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Around the State: MLK Day of Service

Around the State: MLK Day of Service

Dallas Baptist Association will hold its annual day of service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19.

Race relations better, but still a long way to go, most Americans say

Race relations better, but still a long way to go, most Americans say

Americans view racial diversity positively, and they believe relations in the United States are better than they used to be, but there’s still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

West Texas churches bring exotic Christmas fare to Border families

West Texas churches bring exotic Christmas fare to Border families

Several Concho Valley Baptist Association churches, along with one from Lubbock, united to share the love of Christ and Christmas with families in need in Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

Obituaries: T.W. Hunt, Robin Feistel

T. W Hunt, 85, a Southwestern Seminary professor and authority on prayer, died Dec. 11 in Spring. Robin Feistel, 66, a leader in English as a Second Language literacy, died Dec. 10 in Houston.

Far-flung satellites train leaders, strengthen churches

Far-flung satellites train leaders, strengthen churches

B.H. Carroll Theological Institute’s satellite campuses in Cuba and Russia help to train leaders and strengthen churches.

Texas Tidbits: Baylor Philanthropy Lab benefits Waco nonprofits

Texas Tidbits: Baylor Philanthropy Lab benefits Waco nonprofits

Students in Baylor University’s inaugural “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class directed $100,000 to Waco nonprofit organizations.

Pastors urge Congress to support payday loan reform

Pastors urge Congress to support payday loan reform

Pastors from several Texas Baptist churches delivered a simple but forceful message to members of Congress during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.: “Stop the payday loan debt trap.”

Wayland professor inspires Hispanic first-generation college students

Wayland prof inspires Hispanic first-generation college students

Joshua Mora experienced hardship growing up in a migrant worker family. But he was able to move out of the fields and into the classroom. He tells that story of hard work, faith and family to his students as he teaches Spanish at Wayland Baptist University.

Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Facing Christmas with ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

For many, this Christmas will be the first without a special loved one. For those who have the opportunity to interact with a bereaved person, often there are questions: What do I do? What do I say?

For Syrian refugees, ’tis the season to survive

For Syrian refugees, ’tis the season to survive

For many Americans, ’tis the season to snuggle by the fireplace with family and friends. But for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, it’s time to fight brutal winter temperatures in houses made of plywood or tarps and struggle to find food each day.

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