Texas Tidbits: Buckner honors volunteers, donors

Buckner International honored a radio station, a Baptist fellowship of churches and a Christian foundation at its annual R.C. Buckner Founder’s Day dinner in Dallas.

Churches offer networking, training programs for unemployed

A growing number of Texas Baptist churches have decided in the current recession, the New Testament admonition to “bear one another’s burdens” means helping unemployed people find jobs.

UMHB students ‘soled out’ for Third World orphans

barefootUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor students gained a little better understanding of how much of the world lives when they recently went barefoot for one day to identify with children in developing countries who have no shoes.

ABP directors give posthumous award to Herb Reynolds

The late Herbert H. Reynolds, longtime president of Baylor University, was praised recently by one of Congress' most ardent defenders of church-state separation as a mentor who "ignited my passion for religious liberty and separation of church and state."

Religious freedom panel adds Nigeria to list of world's worst violators

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added Nigeria to its list of the world's worst violators of religious freedom in an annual report released May 1.

BGCT postpones Bible Drill finals due to concerns about swine flu

The Baptist General Convention of Texas postponed its state Bible Drill finals, which had been scheduled the first weekend in May, due to concerns about swine flu, and missions leaders continue to monitor the developing situation in Mexico.

SBC may deploy disaster relief for swine flu, leader says

The Southern Baptist Convention could deploy its nationwide disaster-relief network if the international outbreak of swine flu becomes a pandemic in the United States, said a spokesman for the North American Mission Board.

Response to hunger shows gospel’s relevance to unbelieving culture

DenisonWhen Christians help hungry people, they earn the right to share the gospel—not only with people in need, but also with a skeptical society, Jim Denison told a conference on ethics and evangelism.


Young evangelicals call for end to nuclear weapons

Jonathan Merritt
A group of under-40 evangelicals attending a leadership meeting in Austin announced a new initiative to mobilize American Christians to eliminate nuclear weapons. Jonathan Merritt, national spokesperson for the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative, spoke in support of the initiative. "Nuclear weapons are not only unacceptable, they are un-Christian," Merritt said. "As followers of Jesus we serve a God that abhors the shedding of innocent blood."

TWU students dispense love and care to needy in Brooklyn

Students from the Baptist Student Ministries at Texas Woman’s University spent their recent spring break serving a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., participating in ministries ranging from organizing a clothing closet to feeding the homeless to ministering at a women’s shelter.

Maya Angelou challenges Baptists to fight racism

With an African-American population estimated as high as 50 million, the "blight of racism" is "still an epidemic assailing" the United States, writer Maya Angelou said April 24 at the Southeast regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant April 24 and 25 at Wake Forest University.
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