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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.
       

BGCT director challenges Texas Baptists to share the gospel with the entire state

Even though the Texas Baptist family is a diverse and complex group of 5,600 congregations, Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Randel Everett believes the family has room to grow.
       

Want to influence Texas? Love your neighbor, pastor urges in convention sermon

The best way to take care of Texas is by taking care of others, Phil Lineberger, pastor of Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land, told Texas Baptists.
       

Ministry to mentally challenged demands commitment, sensitivity

Including mentally challenged children and adults in church ministry presents unique difficulties and opportunities, but Christians have a responsibility to reach “the most neglected group of Texans,” conference leaders told participants at a workshop during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting.
       
 
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