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House bills could provide meaningful payday lending reform

House bills could provide meaningful payday lending reform

Bills pending in the Texas House Investments and Financial Services Committee could crack down on abuses by payday and auto-title lenders and help protect vulnerable Texans from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt, proponents of the bills insist.

       
American views of same-sex marriage divided by faith & friendship

American views of same-sex marriage divided by faith & friendship

Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to agree gay marriage should be legal. Fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful. And evangelicals increasingly are at odds with American culture over same-sex relationships.

       
Hands in Service helps alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

Hands in Service helps alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

Lee Baggett’s Hands in Service ministry is partnering with Amarillo Baptist Association and the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering to fight malnutrition in Mexico with a daily teaspoon of alfalfa concentrate.

       

Obituaries: David Silva, Peggy Fuston, Robert Cargill

David Silva, 70, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pettus, died March 16 in Pettus; Peggy Fuston, 80, a former BGCT employee, died April 3 in Arlington. Robert Cargill, 85, former vice president for financial resources for the SBC Radio and Television Commission, died April 4 in Fort Worth.

       
Diana Garland to step down as dean of the Baylor School of Social Work

Diana Garland to step down as dean of Baylor School of Social Work

Diana Garland, inaugural dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, will step down from her administrative post due to health reasons effective June 1.

       
Oklahoma Supreme Court urged to strike down school voucher program

Oklahoma Supreme Court urged to strike down school voucher program

Four religious freedom and civil liberties groups say a scholarship program for children with disabilities violates a “No Aid” clause in the state’s constitution banning the use of public funds for religious indoctrination.

       
TBM begins work on 8,000-square-foot facility for builders

TBM begins work on 8,000-square-foot facility for builders

Fourteen months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, Texas Baptist Men began preparing the ground in earnest for an 8,000-square-foot builders’ ministry headquarters, next to the Dixon Mission Equipping Center in East Dallas.

       
More than body cameras needed to stop police violence, some religious leaders say

More than body cameras needed to stop police violence, some say

Body cameras for police are needed to ensure justice in the wake of the recent officer-involved shooting death of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., some religious leaders assert.

       
Racial injustice abounds in America, and it won’t be resolved until the nation’s clergy demonstrate “relationships of equality,” a trio of African-American pastors told a multiracial crowd gathered by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission.

CLC Advocacy Day: Racial reconciliation requires ‘relationships of equality'

Racial injustice abounds in America, and it won’t be resolved until the nation’s clergy demonstrate “relationships of equality,” a trio of African-American pastors told a multiracial crowd gathered by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission.

       
Around the State: Morgan Garrett crowned Miss ETBU

Around the State: Morgan Garrett crowned Miss ETBU

Morgan Garrett was crowned Miss ETBU during the 59th occurrence of the East Texas Baptist University’s pageant.

       

On the Move: Thomas Bessix

Thomas Bessix to Westside Baptist Church in Lewisville as pastor.

       
 
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