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African-American Christians understand justice more deeply, panelists assert

African-American Christians understand justice more deeply, panelists assert

The black church cherishes justice more than most others because its members read the Bible from the context of a historically oppressed people, two African-American Baptist pastors told a Texas Baptist workshop.

Parker urges Texas Baptists to do good, live like Christ

Parker urges Texas Baptists to do good, live like Christ

Captivity to sin hinders Christians from doing good and living as Christ lived, Joseph Parker Jr., pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, told participants at the BGCT annual meeting.

Texas Baptists urged to live generously in a self-centered world

Texas Baptists urged to live generously in a self-centered world

In a society that pursues self-centered goals, lives characterized by generosity get people’s attention, BGCT President Jeff Johnson told Texas Baptists’ 2014 annual meeting.

BGCT approves decreased 2015 budget, moves to expand annual meeting’s purpose

Messengers decrease 2015 budget, expand annual meeting’s purpose

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting approved a decreased 2015 budget and voted to expand the purpose and programming of the annual meeting beyond its traditional focus as a business event.

Bad idea for ministers to sign marriage licenses, pastors insist

Bad idea for ministers to sign marriage licenses, pastors insist

Marriage licenses signed by ministers create an unhealthy union of church and state, and they historically have been used as instruments of racial oppression and the subjugation of females, a trio of Baptist pastors told a group of their peers.

Kathy Hillman, Texas Baptists’ incumbent first vice president, has been elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Hillman elected BGCT president

In the first contested presidential election since 2008, messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting elected Kathy Hillman, a convention officer and missions leader.

Baptist Briefs: IMB president presents strategy

Baptist Briefs: IMB president presents strategy

David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, outlined his strategic plan during his first trustee meeting as head of the mission agency.

On the Move: Ronald Benjamin

Ronald Benjamin to Mobberly Baptist Church’s Marshall campus as pastor.

Around the State: BSM begins work on new building at UNT

Around the State: BSM begins work on new building at UNT

Texas Baptist student ministry leaders and key donors broke ground for a $2 million, 10,000-square-foot Baptist Student Ministries building on the University of North Texas campus.

Court rejects challenge to clergy housing allowance

Clergy can keep their tax-free housing allowance for now, because a group challenging its constitutionality lacks legal standing to sue, a federal appeals court ruled.

Mission Lone Star presents gospel to bikers

Mission Lone Star presents gospel to bikers

When motorcyclists from across the country wheeled to Galveston Island in search of a weekend of good times, about 400 found eternal joy in Jesus.

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