Christmas loss: How to help

Chaplain Mark Grace vice president of mission and ministry at Baylor Health Care System, offers suggestions to churches as they seek to minister to people who have sustained loss.

Joy and happiness not the same thing, pastors insist

Christians can experience joy even in loss—provided they don’t confuse joy with happiness but accept it as a gift from God, several pastors noted.

Christmas Loss: Suggested Reading

Pastors recommended the following books as particularly helpful to people who have experienced loss and to Christians who are seeking to minister to them.

Faith Digest: Clergy have middling reputation

What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors and police officers have in common? Americans say they all are more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a new Gallup survey.

Hardin-Simmons University provides toys for children

Students at Hardin-Simmons University filled bins in university dorms with donated toys, and some gave money so toys could be purchased for five families with children enrolled at Johnston Elementary School in Abilene.

Pasadena church keeps baptistery waters stirred

Pasadena baptismsMost churches would be happy to say they baptized 100 people during a year. But First Baptist Church in Pasadena expects to baptize 100 more than last year.Video Included


Journey of loss, grief, faith for Selah singer's family

Angie Smith and her husband, Todd, who sings with the Dove Award-winning group Selah, have experienced tragic loss and grief, but they insist their faith sustained them through life’s hardest moments.

‘Turkey Guy’ carries on 70-year children’s home tradition

No noisy gobbles or flapping wings announced the arrival of Charles “Turkey Guy” Morris at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries before Thanksgiving. But there's been a Turkey Guy delivering turkeys to Baptist children’s homes for 70 years.


TBM dedicates expanded disaster relief complex

Friends of Texas Baptist Men gathered in east Dallas recently for the dedication of the John LaNoue Disaster Relief Complex—a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the Robert E. Dixon Mission Equipping Center.

UMHB student group helps provide Toys for Tots

Hundreds of Central Texas children will have new toys to play with this Christmas, thanks to students from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Final Valley Reach results show 1,000-plus professions of faith

More than 1,000 people made professions of faith as a result of Valley Reach, an evangelistic effort centered on the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.
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