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‘Taking sides’ prevalent in Baptist life, Dallas pastor observes

Since the time of Christ, his followers have been “taking sides,” Dallas pastor George Mason told Texas Baptists. But Christians can ill afford to exclude people Christ has included, he noted.
       

Three ministries honored with Texas Baptist Missions Foundation awards

The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation celebrated 25 years of service at its annual mission awards luncheon during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting, honoring a medical clinic, a ministry to urban youth and a church that discovered new avenues of ministry after being devastated by Hurricane Ike.
       

Islamic scholars debate whether Muslims should serve in non-Muslim armies

As investigators seek to uncover what motivated Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to kill 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, one lead they are exploring is his apparent worry that serving in the U.S. Army compromised his Muslim faith.
       

Stream event caters to Baptists under age 35

streamThe first group of messengers and visitors to arrive in Houston for the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting of Texas Baptists was a little different than normal. They all were under age 35, participants in Stream—a special event added to the meeting schedule to appeal to young Baptists.
       

Group says proposed prison likely unconstitutional

A church-state watchdog group says a faith-based prison being proposed in Oklahoma would likely be unconstitutional.
       

Annual meeting draws few for business, many for outreach

The BGCT annual meeting in Houston attracted the fewest messengers in at least 60 years, but a series of evangelistic events prior to the meeting marked the largest number of professions of faith in Christ of any similar event in recent history.
       

Georgia Baptist Convention cuts ties with church led by woman pastor

The Georgia Baptist Convention has ended its 148-year-old relationship with First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., over the congregation's 2007 vote to hire a woman as senior pastor.
       

Prison ministry weekend sees 1,405 people accept Christ

More than 200 volunteers shared their faith with 14,000 offenders in the Pam Lynchner State Prison and the Harris County jail, and 1,405 men and women became followers of Christ. In all, more than 2,400 spiritual decisions were made as a result of the outreach.
       

How will Texas Baptists respond to ‘tsunami’ of prisoners' families?

David ValentineThe next disaster facing the United States isn’t a hurricane, tornado or flood, a Huntsville pastor insisted. It’s a ‘tsunami’ of families affected by incarceration, which may be as large as 350,000 people.

       

Fort Worth church declines to send messengers to BGCT

Rather than face a challenge from the floor, Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth chose not to send messengers to the state convention, saying it was “in the best interests of both our church and the BGCT.”
       

Baptist Briefs

Three Southern Baptist churches were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the Energy Star Congregation Award. First Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., each earned recognition for their efforts at reducing energy consumption.
       
 
 
 
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