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University of Houston: How the Beatitudes changed my attitude

Baptist Standard wins national awards

Baptist Standard Publishing earned national awards from two professional communications associations, including eight “Best of the Christian Press” awards from the Associated Church Press.

       
Modern feeding of the 5,000 by TBM benefits correctional officers

Modern feeding of the 5,000 by TBM benefits correctional officers

When Texas Baptist Men set out to cook meals for correctional officers at Huntsville-area prisons, feeding the 5,000 required considerably more than the biblical five loaves and two fishes—closer to 1,500 pounds of chicken and 10,000 tortillas.

       
Religion promotes well-being, epidemiologist insists

Religion promotes well-being, epidemiologist says

Religion enhances physical and mental health and contributes significantly to overall well-being over the long haul, an epidemiologist told participants at a conference sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

       
Book tells story of love in the time of Ebola

Book tells story of love in the time of Ebola

A new book tells the story of America’s first Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as his fiancé, Louise Troh, and how hope sustained their family as fear spread faster and further than the deadly virus.

       
Americans don’t want student religious groups defunded for restrictive leadership policies

Americans don’t want student religious groups defunded for restrictive leadership policies

A dispute over who can lead student religious groups has left Americans uneasy, but few want to see groups punished for requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs or practices.

       
Senate committee urged to protect pastors from lawsuits and harassment

Senate committee urged to protect pastors from lawsuits and harassment

Ministers from throughout Texas urged a Senate committee to support a bill to protect clergy from being compelled to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies, but representatives of some religious groups questioned whether the proposed legislation could prompt lawsuits within hierarchal denominations.

       
Former fishing guide now fisher of men

CommonCall: Former fishing guide now fisher of men

Pastor Jimmy Brown, a former professional fishing guide, sees numerous parallels between fishing for fish and fishing for people.

       
Fiesta de los Niños

Around the State: BCFS at Fiesta de los Niños

BCFS—formerly Baptist Child & Family Services—participated in Fiesta de los Niños April 18 as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

       
Julie Pennington-Russell is stepping down as pastor of First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga.

Baptist Briefs: Julie Pennington-Russell resigns from pastorate

Julie Pennington-Russell, a pioneer among Southern Baptist women in ministry and early supporter of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is stepping down as pastor of First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga.

       

On the Move: David Atwood

David Atwood to Knobbs Springs Baptist Church in McDade as pastor.

       

Obituaries: Johnston, O’Brien, Miller and Sylvester

Obituaries in this issue include Ramona Johnston, 81, April 14 in Tyler; Bonnie O’Brien, 87, April 21 in Amarillo; Don Miller, 93, April 22 in Fort Worth; and Chester Sylvester, 97, April 23 in San Angelo.

       
 
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