Pastor says National Guard saved lives following wreck of church bus

A church-bus crash that killed one teenager and critically injured another July 12 could have been worse if a transport bus carrying National Guard soldiers had not come upon the accident scene nearly immediately, according to the pastor of the stricken congregation.

Obama to nominate prominent Christian geneticist to head NIH

The White House announced July 8 that President Obama would tap prominent Christian geneticist Francis Collins, who is one of the world’s most famous thinkers on the relationship between religion and science, to head the National Institutes of Health.

San Antonio adoptive family grows two by two

Soon after William and Dana Ryann married, he battled cancer and underwent radiation, making natural conception unlikely. Since the couple wanted children, and she had been adopted herself, it didn’t take them long to decide to adopt.

Around the State

Paisano Baptist Encampment will hold its 89th consecutive general encampment beginning July 26 and running through lunch July 31.

Baptist Briefs

Delegates to the American Baptist Churches USA biennial meeting in Pasadena, Calif., torpedoed a major restructuring backed by denominational officials but criticized by some leaders and churches.

Highest freedom is freely giving self to God, Baptist historian says

Baptists must aspire to the kind of freedom that leads them to relinquish their autonomy to God, historian Walter Shurden told participants at the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society’s annual meeting.

Handful of Ethiopian Christians grow into denomination

Lauralee Lindholm and husband Ray Windsor Park Baptist Church in DeSoto returned to Ethiopia after 20 years to find a growing Baptist population.

Del Rio congregation uses recreation to reach community

Ruben Chairez, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Del Rio, wants to meet his community’s spiritual needs through recreation.

Jazz Messengers bring music to ‘forgotten’ people

A musical group from Tyler used their talents to show a community in Peru continuing to recover from an earthquake two years ago that Christians still care for them.

Obsolete sound equipment finds new home on mission field

While the digitization of television signals June 12 garnered wide publicity, many churches were left unaware their wireless microphone systems also were affected.

On the Move

Abbey Allison to First Church in Amarillo as summer children’s intern.
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