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Service central to becoming an externally focused church

Chase Oaks Church in Plano and LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., dropped most of their programs in favor of service to their communities. As a result, the congregations have impacted more lives and grown in their faith.
       

‘Next big idea’ an old idea that looks radically different

The “next big idea” actually is 2,000 years old, said Michael Stroope, associate professor of missions at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But it has “moved and morphed” into something quite different than what Americans and Europeans have known.
       

Contact with global partners gave church expanded vision

When Lynne Hybels and her husband, Bill, started a church in suburban Chicago 33 years ago, they had two dreams. As a young pastor, he wanted to plant the kind of church where people who were far away from God could be reconciled to him. As a social worker, she wanted to develop a community of faith who wouldn’t be afraid to confront “the messiness of life.”
       

Kay Warren: Following Christ means being ‘seriously disturbed’

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ means being willing to say “yes” unconditionally to God, knowing he likely will lead his followers into uncomfortable places, Kay Warren told a group at Baylor University.
       

Wayland senior defines future, call with semester in Africa

Jessica Riemersma recently returned from West Africa as a semester missionary through a partnership involving the IMB and the BGCT's Go Now Missions program.
       

Assyrians appeal for autonomous region in Iraq

A Middle Eastern ethnic umbrella organization has written U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden asking them to push for an autonomous region for Assyrians in Iraq.
       

Texas Baptist Men chainsaw crews at work in Arkansas

Texas Baptist Men sent six teams of volunteers armed with chainsaws to help people in Arkansas affected by ice storms.
       

Australian Baptists begin response to devastating Victoria bush fires

Australian Baptists were responding Feb. 10 to what has already become the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in the nation’s history.
       

Eight-year-old birthday girl discovers the joy of giving

A young girl’s birthday present became a Valentine’s gift of love to hungry children.
       

Baptist pastor and wife fail to reunite with kidnapped children

A Baptist pastor and his wife returned from California to their Georgia home after failing to reunite with their two children who vanished along with their maternal grandparents 20 years ago.
       

Hispanic Baptist leader Rudy Sanchez dies at age 72

Rudy Sanchez, a key Hispanic leader in the Baptist General Convention of Texas for decades, died Feb. 7 in Dallas. He served as the first Hispanic chairman of the BGCT Executive Board.
       

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