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Ezell elected NAMB president

Trustees elected Kentucky pastor Kevin Ezell president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention after a four-hour called meeting Sept. 14.
       

NAMB presidential nominee defends church's giving record

The Kentucky pastor nominated to become president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board says the search committee viewed his congregation's emphasis on direct funding of missions -- as opposed to through denominational channels -- as an asset and not a liability.
       

BPFNA urges support for Muslims; N.Y. project director decries discourse

As the leader of an effort to build an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan expressed his dismay Sept. 13 at the rising tide of anti-Islam rhetoric across the country, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America called on Baptists to build bridges of understanding with their Muslim neighbors.
       

Updated: Broadway Baptist Church discontinues partnership with BGCT

Brent BeasleyA historic Fort Worth church has cut off its 125-year-old relationship with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, saying it doesn't want to be distracted by questions concerning the congregation's position on homosexuality.

       

Around the State

Houston Baptist University will hold an organ concert by Crista Miller in the Belin Chapel Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. to mark the first anniversary of the dedication of its Sherry and Jim Smith Organ.
       

Faith Digest: Happiness found in church

Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sundays, according to a study by economists from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Chicago’s DePaul UniveFaith Digestrsity.
       

On the Move

Robert Burkhart to Southview Church in Manvel as associate pastor.
       

Texas Tidbits

Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler exceeded its goal of finding “forever families” for at least 100 orphans through adoption and foster care.
       

Grant's musical journey focuses on joy within the struggles

Amy Grant's latest album, Somewhere Down the Road, chronicles life’s most heart-wrenching moments, as well as the unexpected joys.
       

BCFS, Laredo hospital offer young colonia residents a ‘healthy start’

As part of its “Healthy Start” initiative in colonias along the Rio Grande, Baptist Child & Family Services has entered into a partnership with Doctors Hospital of Laredo to provide medical services through the agency’s comprehensive mobile medical unit.
       

Books challenge consumer-driven church model

Two new books challenge Christians to restore their faith to its true mission and forsake a consumerist mentality some churches adapt in a bid to meet members’ needs.
       
 
 
 
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