At 95, instrumentalist still offering musical gift to God’s service

organistGod gave Ilene Robertson a gift, and she’s given it back Sunday after Sunday for 70 years at First Baptist Church in Paducah. Robertson, now 95, has been the church’s organist since the day the organ arrived in 1955, and before that, she was the pianist.

Hispanic Baptist church collaborates with multiple agencies to meet children’s needs

Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana is working with multiple community agencies to provide free summer programming for children in northwest Dallas in collaboration with Buckner International.

Children lead Sanger church in caring for hungry people

Children at First Baptist Church in Sanger traversed the town collecting and earning coins to put in 75 Texas-shaped banks. The money will help feed the hungry through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.

Texas Tidbits

Baptist Health System President Trip Pilgrim has been named senior vice president and chief development officer for Vanguard Health Systems, parent company of Baptist Health System in San Antonio.

Students at Youth Evangelism Conference respond to call to service

Teenagers reacted differently to hearing the gospel during the Youth Evangelism Conference, but whether they showed an outpouring of emotion or stood in stoic reflection, they were affected.

Broadway Baptist Church youth choir detours through Nashville

Fernia Harris of Nashville, Tenn., got a special surprise on her birthday July 8. A group of teenagers from Broadway Baptist Church in Forth Worth volunteered three days to scrape and paint the exterior of the 1920s-era house where Harris and her husband live and care for their disabled daughter.

Leonard: Baptists must find new ways to express ideals

Baptist denominational systems across the United States are in transition and being redefined, spawning a number of issues that are complicating and clouding the Baptist landscape, Bill Leonard told a group of Associated Baptist Press supporters.

Religious liberty demands constant vigilance, congressman reminds Baptists

An advocate in the U.S. Congress for church-state separation thanked Baptists for their contributions to religious liberty and reminded them of the need to continue defending the wall of separation.

BWA chief invites Baptists to gather around the table of fellowship

The communion table provides a metaphor for how the Baptist World Alliance can unite Baptists in a “true spirit of hospitality,” Neville Callam insisted. Callam, general secretary of the worldwide organization, addressed the challenge of bringing Baptists together during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Houston.

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.

Missions and ministry the focus of Texas CBF gathering

Texas members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship focused on missions and ministry as well as doing business when they gathered during the national CBF annual general assembly in Houston.
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