Church forced to rebuild again after hurricane damage

In the past three years, Memorial Baptist Church has absorbed a series of hard punches from Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, but the congregation and its pastor refuse to give up.

‘Living kits’ can show ‘living God’ to people affected by Hurricane Ike

Texas Baptists are being asked to provide “living kits” victims of Hurricane Ike. Kits include basic household cleaning supplies, plates, silverware and other household items.

Trustees & directors nominated for BGCT consideration

Nominations to be considered by messengers to the BGCT annual meeting, Nov. 10-11 in Fort Worth, are presented by the Committee on Committees, Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors and the Committee for Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries.

On the Move

Keith Beck has resigned as minister of youth at First Church in Blanco.

Survey: On foreign policy, U.S. both blessed by God and on wrong track

A new study described as the first of its kind suggests Americans believe the United States is both especially blessed by God and especially responsible to use its power wisely.

Study: Religious people more generous, helpful–but only with two conditions

Religious people are more helpful and generous than others—but only on two conditions, according to a new study published in the prestigious journal Science.

Texas Tidbits: New president at Valley Baptist hospital

The Valley Baptist Health System’s board of trustees has named James Eastham as the organization’s president and chief executive officer.

View salvation as more than transaction with God, Leonard urges

To preserve spiritual vitality, Baptists must reconsider salvation as more than a mere transaction with God, church historian Bill Leonard noted during the Parchman lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.

Baptism remains Baptists’ symbol, but ‘problems’ must be answered

After four centuries, believers’ baptism remains the symbol of Baptist identity, historian Bill Leonard stressed during a lecture series at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But in the 21st century, Baptists must respond to two pressing “problems” with baptism—the widespread requirement that long-term Christians be immersed before joining a Baptist church and the rebaptism of church members, Leonard urged.

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits on Wayland Degree of Difference Day

Rain put a damper on a few planned service projects, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Wayland Baptist University students and staff who turned out for the third annual Degree of Difference Day.

Christian ‘brand’ turning off younger generation, author insists

Research shows non-Christians think of Christian believers as judgmental, hypocritical and sheltered.

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