Texas legislative session deemed ‘successful’

In what BGCT Christian Life Commission staff members deemed a “successful” legislative session, lawmakers defeated efforts to expand gambling, approved a health insurance plan that would cover ministers of small churches, created liaisons between state agencies and faith-based groups and passed legislation against human trafficking.

Program enables retired ministers, widows to live with dignity

More than 2,100 households received monthly assistance from the Southern Baptist Convention’s GuideStone Financial Resources program Mission: Dignity, said John Ambra, overseer of the program. Two-thirds of the recipients are widows of ministers.

BGCT launches partnership, aims to train 100,000 disciple-makers

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has partnered with the International Evangelism Association in an effort to train 100,000 disciple-makers to follow up on spiritual decisions made during Texas Hope 2010.

Elder Statesman award goes to ‘behind the scenes’ laypeople

W. Leroy and Ramona James Daniel of Wichita Falls received the BGCT's 2009 Texas Baptist Elder Statesman award.

Oliver begins work as ETBU president

Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver began his tenure as the 12th president of East Texas Baptist University June 1.

Cleburne church puts prayer guides into use

Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne is using prayer guides to launch the congregation’s involvement in Texas Hope 2010.

Texas WMU hopes to grow organization ‘One by One’

Texas WMU Interim Executive Director-Treasurer Nelda Seal announced a statewide WMU initiative called One by One during the organization’s June board of directors meeting.

TBM provides pure water, living water in Zimbabwe

Polluted water is spreading cholera in Zimbabwe. TBM disaster relief workers spent two weeks there distributing 1,000 water filters.

At 400 years, theological distinctions define, divide Baptists

Some of the same theological disputes that divided Baptists throughout their first 400 years continue to distinguish different branches of the Baptist family tree.

Book says SBC lacks system of preventing sexual abuse

A book released in advance of the June 23-24 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention claims the nation's largest Protestant faith group has more than 100,000 clergy, but no effective system of denominational oversight to protect children from sexual abuse.

Religious leaders say time running out for Palestinian Christians

Religious leaders warned President Obama that continuing strife between Palestinians and Israelis threatens to wipe out a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
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