Hope invigorates, new president tells BGCT

God is calling Texas Baptists to meet the challenges before them to claim and spread the hope that God provides, Victor Rodriguez said during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting sermon.


Wayland graduate from Japan recalls experiences

Forty-seven years after Yoshiko Shiga Burke crossed the Wayland Baptist University stage to receive her diploma, she looks back fondly on her time at the school and the influence it had on her teaching career in her native Japan.

God works in middle of change, McAllen pastor tells rally

On the eve of Texas Baptists’ first annual meeting in the Rio Grande Valley, they gathered to worship, celebrating where God has moved in the past and looking toward the future.


Executive director urges Texas Baptists to spread hope

Randel EverettBaptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Randel Everett put a face on the convention’s new Hope 1:8 initiative in his address during the annual meeting in McAllen, encouraging churches to change their thinking in order to reach a changing state.


Lowrie calls on Texas Baptists to pray and go to reach the state for Christ

David LowrieIn the face of poverty and hunger, as well as changing state demographics, Texas Baptists might be inclined to shrink in fear from the task at hand. But BGCT President David Lowrie urged messengers to Texas Baptists’ annual meeting to remain strong and courageous as they follow Jesus’ strategy to reach a hurting state.


Rodriguez steps down, Rincones picks up reins as Convencion president

Victor RodriguezA day after being elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Victor Rodriguez relinquished his role as president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.


Christians in 21st century can offer world a theology of hope

Ellis OrozcoAt least three things set apart as distinctive the theology of hope Christians in the 21st century can offer the world—a crucified Christ, a cross-bearing church and a radical love-ethic, said Ellis Orozco, pastor of First Baptist Church in Richardson.


Americans will miss Awakening unless they acknowledge God as king

Jim DenisonReports from around the world tell about people coming to faith in Christ at an amazing rate. For Jim Denison, this is proof another Great Awakening is underway, but America could miss it.


Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton tells story of ups and downs

Josh HamiltonTexas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton told a Texas Baptist mega-church Nov. 7 that he would not have overcome the alcohol and drug addiction that nearly cost him his baseball career without God's help.


Texas Baptists reject call to allow non-Baptists on HBU board

HBU VoteMessengers to opening business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting rejected a proposal that would have allowed Houston Baptist University to elect non-Baptist trustees, and they approved — with two amendments from the floor — a massive overhaul of Texas Baptists’ annual meeting.


TBM celebrates God's activity in Rio Grande Valley

Leo SmithTexas Baptist Men gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen to celebrate the activity of God—work being done around the world in Christ’s name. The group particularly focused on missions and ministry in the Rio Grande Valley.

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