East Texas church builds relationships with Baptists in New England

Members of First Baptist Church in Longview have a close connection to  Worcester Baptist Church in Worcester, Mass. They're participating in a BGCT partnership with the Baptist Convention of New England.

New York church meets needs with Texas Baptists’ help

Graffiti Church in New York uses food and fellowship to build relationships with the people of the Lower East Side. The Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger enabled the church to furnish its kitchen as well as support a program to help people get job training.

Two prominent Baptist thinkers criticize Beck’s 'Restoring Honor' rally

Beck rallyWhen popular conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck called for “revival” on the National Mall Aug. 28, he was making a hash of both patriotism and faith, according to published comments by a pair of prominent Baptist leaders. 

Religious leaders challenging anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence

Against a background of mounting anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence, Baptist and other religious leaders spoke out Aug. 30 against Islamophobia and urged federal officials to take a more proactive role in safeguarding Muslims’ civil rights.

Feeding programs enable churches to meet needs of entire families

More than 10 months each year, children from low-income homes know they can turn to their local school for at least one nutritious meal a day. Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Clifton provided a place of solace and sustenance for some of those children this summer.

Around the State

Jim Denison, president of the Center for Informed Faith, will speak at the Sept. 2 fall convocation of Hardin-Simmons University.

Faith Digest

Concerns about pollution and water quality have prompted an environmental advocacy group to call for banning baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

On the Move

Brian Arnold to Hillcrest Church in Cedar Hill as associate minister of music and worship.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University ranked in the top tier—No. 79 out of 262 schools—in the annual U.S. News and World Report list of top national universities.

Outside financial monitoring less common in Bible Belt companies

Companies in the Bible Belt are less likely to be sued for accounting fraud or to practice aggressive financial reporting, a study indicates.

Baptist Briefs

Nathan Webb, a senior at Lumberton High School, won the grand prize in this year’s Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee.
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