"Agape" requires respect for women in ministry, Burleson insists

A Southern Baptist pastor from Oklahoma compared his fellow conservatives’ treatment of women in ministry to earlier generations’ treatment of African-Americans.

Poor and marginalized need Baptists to speak prophetically, Orozco says

The plight of poor people depends significantly upon Baptists’ determination to retain their unique legacy, an urban pastor who spent a decade ministering in one of the nation’s poorest counties told participants at the New Baptist Covenant regional meeting in Oklahoma.

Heath care system broken; Christians should help fix it, speakers say

Since the church has abdicated its responsibility for providing health care in America, Christians should help and not hinder the government as it seeks solutions to the nation’s medical crisis, a physician with experience in public health told participants at the New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.

Randall renews call for Baptist Convention of the Americas

Baptists must relinquish the status quo in order to unleash God’s power, participants at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional gathering were warned. And that may mean revising a concept proposed about a decade ago—creation of a Baptist Convention of the Americas, said Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla.

SERMON: Poverty and the Baptist Legacy in the World

Ellis Orozco, pastor of First Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, delivered this sermon at the New Baptist Covenant’s Midwest regional meeting in Norman, Okla., Aug. 6. In it he reminds us that Jesus as "was born poor; he lived poor and with the poor; he died poor; and he rose again for the poor."

Around the State

First Church in Perryton is spearheading an effort among churches to offset the shortfall of last year’s Lottie Moon Offering.

On the Move

Corby Brizendine to First Church in Somerville as pastor from First Church in Shidler, Okla.

Texas Tidbits

The Goldsbury Foundation awarded Baptist Child & Family Services nearly $200,000 to launch a new Family Ties program to improve parenting and reduce child abuse among low-income families in the southernmost portion of Bexar County.

Word of God can transform the world, speakers tell African-American conference

The Bible provides words that can transform individuals and—in turn—the world, speakers told worshippers during the African-American Fellowship of Texas Conference.

Strong men’s ministry requires a pastor who doesn’t consider himself indispensable

An effective men’s ministry in an African-American church—or any congregation—begins with a pastor secure enough to delegate responsibility, Michael Evans told a workshop at the statewide African-American Fellowship Conference.

Baylor athletes find needs, joy on Kenya trip

A 16-member sports ministry team from Baylor University, led by Athletics Chaplain Wes Yeary, spent two weeks in Kenya offering Christ's love to children in desperate circumstances.
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