Baptist Briefs

Frank Paschall, who served as Southern Baptist Convention president from 1966 to 1968, died April 10 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was 86.

Russian Angels to land in Dallas this summer

Ten Russian orphans will make the trip of a lifetime as they travel across the world to stay with American host families this August.


Casinos produce no products—only addiction

In 2005, the Sands Casino bought an abandoned steel plant in Bethlehem, Pa., and turned it into a casino. Now, casino promoters want Texas to bet its future on similar construction, and that’s the kind of gamble that’s ripe to go bad, according to the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission.

Record crowd attends Congreso; more than 700 faith commitments

Congreso saw a record attendance of nearly 5,000 students, many of whom swarmed the altar to make spiritual decisions.

Churches can connect hungry to government programs

Working with existing programs can help churches meet the needs of more hungry people without expending extra funds.

Heart for people, respect for biblical principles should guide ministers

The ethical instructions of the Bible are just as relevant today as when they were penned, retired educator and ethicist Ebbie Smith told a group of South Texas pastors at a seminar on ministerial ethics.

Texas Hope 2010: Simultaneous prayer on children's home campuses

To kick off its Texas Hope 2010 efforts, Children at Heart Ministries launched 30 days of simultaneous prayer on all its ministry campuses April 13.

Violence mars Easter in northern Nigeria

Easter Sunday turned violent in two cities in Nigeria's northern state of Niger, when young people presumed to be fundamentalist Muslims burned churches in Gwada, while Christian young people in the state capital of Mina defended a Baptist church from a similar fate.

BGCT staff realigned around three priorities, no jobs cut

Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Randel Everett has announced a realignment of the BGCT Executive Board staff to focus on the three priorities of missions, Christian education and advocacy.

Bond reduced for former Baptist pastor charged with wife's murder

A Waco judge on April 9 agreed to reduce bail to $250,000 for a former Texas Baptist minister charged with the 2006 murder of his wife, but also firmly restated a gag order imposed on all parties related to the case.

Passion for call, love for people led to 36 years on same mission field

Alvin Gary told a Wayland Baptist University lecture audience he and his wife, Judy, spent 36 years as missionaries to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean because they felt appointed  not only to serve but to remain.
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