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Texas Baptists Committed leader says group has moved to ‘next level’

A recent e-mail appeal from six former Baptist General Convention of Texas presidents encouraging attendance at the state convention’s annual meeting in McAllen and an announcement regarding a new blog devoted to historic Baptist principles marked the first—but not the last—efforts of Texas Baptists Committed to reconnect with Baptists in the state, said Michael Bell, chairman of the group’s board of directors.
       

UMHB students help with flood relief

After Tropical Storm Hermine dumped rain on Central Texas, students from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor helped business and homeowners in the area clean up the damage caused by the storm.
       

Civil discourse endangered in U.S., Yale law professor says

Democracy depends on something in short supply today in the United States—civil discourse involving people who disagree, author and legal expert Stephen Carter said.
       

Starr touts Christian education, announces $100 million funding plan

StarrAmerican higher education needs Christian institutions like Baylor University, and Christian higher education must find a better way to fund its programs, rather than continuing to increase students’ financial burdens, Baylor President Ken Starr said.

       

Ezell elected NAMB president

Trustees elected Kentucky pastor Kevin Ezell president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention after a four-hour called meeting Sept. 14.
       

NAMB presidential nominee defends church's giving record

The Kentucky pastor nominated to become president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board says the search committee viewed his congregation's emphasis on direct funding of missions -- as opposed to through denominational channels -- as an asset and not a liability.
       

BPFNA urges support for Muslims; N.Y. project director decries discourse

As the leader of an effort to build an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan expressed his dismay Sept. 13 at the rising tide of anti-Islam rhetoric across the country, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America called on Baptists to build bridges of understanding with their Muslim neighbors.
       

Updated: Broadway Baptist Church discontinues partnership with BGCT

Brent BeasleyA historic Fort Worth church has cut off its 125-year-old relationship with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, saying it doesn't want to be distracted by questions concerning the congregation's position on homosexuality.

       

Around the State

Houston Baptist University will hold an organ concert by Crista Miller in the Belin Chapel Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. to mark the first anniversary of the dedication of its Sherry and Jim Smith Organ.
       

Faith Digest: Happiness found in church

Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sundays, according to a study by economists from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Chicago’s DePaul UniveFaith Digestrsity.
       

On the Move

Robert Burkhart to Southview Church in Manvel as associate pastor.
       
 
 
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