House of Hope provides safe harbor for shipwrecked lives

Pastor Jim Parrish’s Burning Hope Baptist Church in Trinity and its ministry to women both offer the same thing, and they put it right on the sign out front—hope.

Hurricanes' damage, rebuilding left lasting mark

Five years ago, a Category 3 hurricane made landfall along the Gulf Coast, displacing thousands and causing billions of dollars in damage. It is forgotten by many because it occurred less than a month after an even larger catastrophe.

Interview: Kenneth Starr on Baylor's BGCT ties, religious identity

Kenneth StarrBaylor University will inaugurate Kenneth Starr as its 14th president Sept. 17. In an interview with the Baptist Standard, Starr talks about his administration and the future of the Texas Baptist university.


English opened doors enabling Wayland student to share her faith

Angela Lichtie, a sophomore at Wayland Baptist University, spent one month this summer on a mission to a country that was part of the former Soviet Union. Her team focused on relationship-building and evangelism, mostly through English language lessons.

Fear not, Jesus said– but some Christians still do

Perfect love, wrote the Apostle John, casts out fear. But 2,000 years after those words were written, Christians' response to fear often is indistinguishable from that of the society in which they live.

Texas Baptists helping to plant churches in rocky mountain soil

Pursuit pastorSome residents of Fort Collins, Colo., feel they have been “burned” by the church in the past, and consequently reject organized religion. Others have crafted their own belief system. Texas Baptists are helping church planters take an organic approach to church starting there—gradually building relationships and earning trust.


La. Baptist Convention exec challenges Ezell pick at NAMB

In an unprecedented open letter to trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, the head of an SBC-affiliated state convention called Sept. 9 for NAMB trustees not to endorse a search committee’s recommendation for the board’s new president.

Baptist leaders meet with Holder, denounce Baptists trashing Islam

As the national debate over Islam continues to ratchet up in advance of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Baptists joined a group of religious leaders Sept. 7 in denouncing Islamophobia, urged the nation’s top law-enforcement official to crack down on anti-Muslim bigotry and chastened their fellow Baptists for contributing to the problem.

National Baptist leader says lawsuit by former leader settled

The National Baptist Convention USA has settled one lawsuit with a disgraced former president who sued after losing a re-election bid in 2009, the convention's parliamentarian and general counsel told state convention presidents attending an annual convention in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 6.

Baptist Army chaplain first slain in combat since Vietnam

Chaplain GoetzA Baptist who died in an Aug. 30 roadside bombing in Afghanistan is the first U.S. Army chaplain to be killed in the line of duty since the Vietnam conflict, according to Army officials.

Ezell of Kentucky recommended as NAMB president

The presidential search committee of the North American Mission Board's trustees unanimously has nominated Kevin Ezell, senior pastor of Louisville's Highview Baptist Church.
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