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Grace, Mercy mark Galveston church’s outreach to storm victims

First Baptist Church of Galveston is giving away clothes, house supplies, toys, food and furniture at its "Grace Mart" to people affected by Hurricane Ike.

Activity reported on anti-conversion bill in Sri Lanka

Religious freedom advocates worry that an anti-conversion bill making its way through Sri Lanka's Parliament could be used to justify discrimination against the small South Asian country's Christian minority.

Georgia Baptists reject church with woman pastor

pennington_russellThe Georgia Baptist Convention has decided to refuse gifts from a historic member church that last year called as pastor a woman—Julie Pennington-Russell, formerly of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

Azerbaijani pastor on trial released to house arrest

A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan was released Nov. 6 until Nov. 17, when his trial on what supporters say are bogus charges was scheduled to resume.

CBF provides $10,000 in relief for escalating crisis in Congo

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has given $10,000 to ease the growing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where increased violence from rebel fighters is killing thousands of civilians and forcing even more to flee to refugee camps and neighboring African countries.

On the Move

Jose Allen to Ridgemont Church in Abilene as youth minister.

Around the State: DBU honors Drayton McLane

Dallas Baptist Univeristy will name Drayton McLane the recipient of the 2008 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award during the annual award dinner to be held Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Baylor investigation sheds light on Election Day on-campus incidents

Baylor University’s continuing investigations into three Election Day incidents on campus revealed two apparently were not racially motivated as originally suspected, university officials have reported.

Ministers likely to dismiss or deny needs of mentally ill, Baylor study reveals

With research consistently showing that clergy—not psychologists or other mental health experts—are the most common source of help sought in times of psychological distress, a recent Baylor University study has found ministers often deny or dismiss the existence of the mental illness.

African-American worship rally challenges Texas Baptists to cooperate, take courage

With frequent allusions to the recent presidential election, worshippers at an African American Fellowship of Texas worship event celebrated changes in racial attitudes throughout the country as well as among Texas Baptist churches.

BGCT workshop explores the doctrine of God

Sharing the gospel in a world of many religions and beliefs requires Christians to have a firm grasp on who God is and what makes him unique from the many other gods in the world, said James Semple, author of the new Bible study book Bible Truths About God.

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