Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s board of regents authorized the relocation of the Baylor School of Social Work to downtown Waco and approved a $403.3 million operating budget for the university in 2010-2011.

Church should be place of acceptance for people with special needs

People with disabilities don’t want churches that just “welcome” them, but rather congregations that value them and include them in living a “full life of faith,” a long-time advocate for special-needs ministry said.

End of 'Lost' may prompt more questions than answers

LostIs it a show about a modern-day shipwreck, featuring misfit castaways trying to survive increasingly bizarre circumstances on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean? Or is Lost really a show about faith, redemption, evil, predestination, love, suffering, free will and human understanding of the supernatural? Either way, when Lost ends its six-season run May 23, what will remain is the debate about the religious themes sprinkled throughout the hit series.


Former SBC president nominated to lead Executive Committee

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page is being nominated as president of the SBC Executive Committee, one of three key leadership positions in the nation's second-largest faith group in the process of being filled.


Final U.S. Baptist released from Haiti

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake was released May 17 after a judge found her guilty and sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Missouri convention wants control or assets of remaining litigants

Regaining control is the heart of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s ongoing legal action against three formerly affiliated institutions. If control cannot be restored, then the convention would like its “stuff” returned, a Cole County judge learned May 11.

Grand jury hears evidence in church-arson cases

A grand jury began hearing testimony May 13 in the case of two men suspected of burning down 10 churches in East Texas in January and February, a television station in Tyler, Texas, reported.

Book says white churches can learn from blacks

After resigning abruptly in 1992 from one of the largest and most influential churches in the nation, First Baptist Church in Dallas, and going through a divorce within two years, Joel Gregory's ministry appeared to be over. Through it all, he says, one minister kept calling him.

Religious leaders decry proposed Texas textbook standards

Two Baptist ministers joined about two dozen other religious leaders in a May 12 press conference at the Texas Capitol to decry school textbook standards they say would weaken instruction about religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Huntsville campus encounters the gospel through a pair of chairs

Each Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters, Lauren Sierra, campus missionary for the Sam Houston State University Baptist Student Ministry, walked to the center of campus where student activities were buzzing, taking with her two metal folding chairs and a white board that read, “Take a seat—questions about life.”Video Included


Music minister adds to massive collection one hymnal at a time

Ever since he discovered at a second-hand bookstore a 1937 Stamps-Baxter paperback edition of Favorite Radio Songs from KRLD in Dallas-- autographed by Virgil Stamps-- Ron Veal's been hooked on hymnals.

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