Texas volunteers help prepare 14,000 meals in Georgia Republic

As Russian tanks pulled back from a ridge just three miles away, Texas Baptist volunteers moved into Gori, a key city in the Black Sea country of Georgia, to set up a feeding operation for thousands of families displaced from their homes by fighting.

HPU Students Gather at the Flagpole to Pray

Forty-three Howard Payne University students gathered Sept. 24 around a flagpole on the HPU campus to pray as part of the nationwide See You at the Pole initiative.

Wrap-up: After Ike, slow recovery process begins

Ike cleanupHurricane Ike swept through the eastern one-third of Texas, prompting a massive evacuation, leveling much of Galveston and leaving huge areas of Southeast Texas in the dark.

But glimmers of hope began to emerge as Texas Baptists aided relief and recovery efforts.

Strickland to be nominated for BGCT VP

Citing her deep concern for children and passion to promote the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has announced his intention to nominate Carolyn Strickland for first vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Texas Tidbits: Fund to help Ike victims

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is providing $50,000 to assist victims of Hurricane Ike.

Porterfield hired for post-Ike post

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has hired Carolyn Porterfield to help connect Texas Baptists with opportunities to serve people affected by Hurricane Ike.

Four in 10 think clergy should endorse candidates

Four in 10 Americans believe religious leaders should be permitted to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without risking their organization’s tax-exempt status, a new survey by the First Amendment Center shows.

Some conservatives say: ‘A woman VP? Sure. A woman pastor? No way’

There may never be a female pastor leading Tony Perkins’ Southern Baptist congregation in Louisiana, but there could be a woman taking over the vice president’s mansion in Washington. And as Perkins sees it, there’s no contradiction there whatsoever.

Pastors need to learn how to deal with difficult people

Leading difficult church members is a skill almost every pastor will need at some time during his ministry, veteran pastor Jack Ridlehoover told pastors from the Waco Regional Baptist Network.

Relationships vital to happy church fellowship

Relationships are the key to having the happy fellowship every congregation desires, Bob Edd Shotwell told a gathering of a ministers at a Waco Regional Baptist Network seminar.

Baptist Briefs: Relief workers pass mileposts

Southern Baptists disaster relief volunteers have passed the milestone of preparing more than 2 million hot meals in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

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