‘A time to be born, a time to die’

Is a church’s death inevitable? Who can give congregations permission to die? Should church members feel guilty for closing their facility’s doors?

Texas Baptists urged to build on Texas Hope 2010 momentum

texas hope 2010As the Texas Hope 2010 effort to share the gospel with every person in the state by Easter Sunday enters its final weeks, Texas Baptists should see April 4 as a stepping stone, not a finish line, speakers told the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

U.S. foreign policy hampered by ignorance about religion, report says

U.S. foreign policy is hampered by a secular bias that causes policy makers to underestimate the role of religion in world affairs, a Midwestern think tank said in a 100-page report released Feb. 23.

Task force calls for more cooperation between SBC entities

A task force studying ways to make the Southern Baptist Convention more effective recommended greater flexibility and cooperation among state and national entities in a progress report to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 22.

Baptists claim harassment in Uzbekistan

Leaders of the registered Baptist Union of Uzbekistan claim continuing harassment by the country's legal system and a media campaign intended to smear the group as a dangerous cult that targets children for proselytizing.

Two former Baptist youth-group members suspected in church arsons

arson suspectsTwo young men suspected of setting 10 East Texas churches on fire were active in the youth group of a Southern Baptist congregation before drifting away from church after the mother of one of them died three years ago.

Pastor, evangelist BO Baker dead at 86

Pastor and evangelist BO Baker Jr. died Feb. 18 in Plano at age 86. He was a noted churchman, international evangelist, author and lyricist.

African-American Baptists collaborate to help Haiti

Presidents of five historically African-American Baptist denominations announced Feb. 12 they were collaborating to respond more effectively to human need in Haiti.

New abolitionists shine light on human trafficking

A growing number of Texas Baptists are seeking to raise awareness about human trafficking as an issue, prevent it from taking place and aid victims of the atrocity.

Freed Baptists hope attention will now focus on Haiti's needs

Eight Southern Baptist mission volunteers freed after three weeks in a Haitian jail said they hope their release will allow attention to focus once again on tremendous need remaining from the Jan. 12 earthquake that prompted them to go to Haiti in the first place.

New Baylor president affirms school’s heritage, plans to become Baptist

Although Kenneth Starr grew up in the Church of Christ and has been a member of a nondenominational church for decades, the newly elected Baylor University president affirmed the Baptist school’s heritage and pledged to “readily, cheerfully and enthusiastically” join a Baptist church by the time his tenure begins June 1.

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