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.

Baptist Briefs: Great Commission website launched

A website encouraging support for the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has been launched at

Students challenged to find their calling

With tears of brokenness streaming down their cheeks and hands reaching toward the heavens, more than 450 youth from around the state joined in worship, filling the campus of Jarvis Christian College as part of Camp Exalted.

Texas Hope multimedia CDs arrive in El Paso

More than 250,000 multimedia gospel compact discs arrived in El Paso in late July—enough for Baptists to blanket every home in the county with Scripture in the near future.

Jerusalem mayor navigates sacred city’s religious politics

When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decided to open a municipal parking lot that had been closed on Saturdays, his office said he simply was being practical. But because ultra-Orthodox Jews consider driving on the Sabbath an abomination,  his decision sparked weeks of protests.

Hundreds in Kaufman finding hope

In seven weeks, First Baptist Church in Kaufman fed 100 of the lowest income families in the city, gave presents to 75 single mothers and held a revival to share the hope of Christ with its community.

New Braunfels church believes in keeping it simple

New Generations Fellowship in New Braunfels is listening to its neighbors. And these newly formed relationships are fueling the recent church-start to serve roughly 130 people each Sunday—70 percent of them unchurched before attending.

LifeWay says 1 in 8 background checks finds criminal record

One in eight background checks conducted on volunteers or prospective employees through LifeWay Christian Resources found a criminal history that might have kept an individual from working or volunteering at a church, the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house reported Aug. 4.
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