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Student Missions Blog

Orientation: It’s not about me

Student Missions Blog: At the Go Now Missions orientation, my "tribe" was made up of seven girls who all would be serving in Texas. Our first activity was to make up a tribe name, motto and build a shield to represent that.

One of our problems within the church is that we are no longer intergenerational. Our church services are segregated by age and music preference. That’s a sin we volunteered for.

Letters: Repent of selfishness

One of our problems within the church is that we are no longer intergenerational. Our church services are segregated by age and music preference. That’s a sin we volunteered for.

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

Are churches failing the poor? Against the backdrop of persistent poverty and dramatically increasing income inequality, that question has gained renewed currency.

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Book Reviews: Pray for the World

Books reviewed in this issue are Pray for the World by Jason Mandryk and Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief by Anita Katherine Dennis.

Texas Baptist Voices

In Touch: Executive Board meeting

Hello, Texas Baptists. Thanks to the Executive Board directors who attended committee meetings and sessions recently. It was a great few days of rejoicing in what the Lord is doing and planning for the future. I also want to thank Albert Reyes and Buckner International for honoring Texas Baptists with the Jeremiah’s Hope Award. The Baptist General Convention of Texas is proud to partner with Buckner in ministry.

hardage david130David HardageThe BGCT’s new leadership development program, Leadership Texas Baptists, is now accepting applications. Our hope is to identify, educate and develop Baptist leaders to serve the local church, state convention, denominational institutions, agencies and committees. Click here to learn more.

Thanks to Cody Knowlton, president of the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, for inviting me to sit at his table a few weeks ago for the San Antonio prayer breakfast celebrating the National Day of Prayer. It was a great morning of worship!

Houston Baptist University recently received a gift of $15 million from Archie and Linda Dunham. This is the university’s largest single gift in history. It will go to provide scholarships, assist the Dunham Bible Museum and result in naming the school of business. Praise God for cheerful and generous givers.

Congratulations to the Dallas Baptist University Patriots for hosting an NCAA regional baseball tournament. Play well!

Texas Baptists welcome Mitch Wilson as our new director of church evangelism. We are excited to have him serve alongside us in this role. Click here to learn more about our church evangelism effort and how you can get involved.

texas baptist voices right120Thanks to Texas Baptist Men for their disaster relief efforts. We are proud to partner with them in ministry. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the natural disasters around our state in the last several weeks.

To all of those who have lost loved ones in and through U.S. military service, I pray the recent Memorial Day was meaningful and fulfilling. I am grateful for those who have fought and who continue to fight for our freedom. 

David Hardage is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

Texas Baptist Voices

Kathy Hillman: Texas Baptists’ ‘Hall of Fame’

The Texas Baptist Legacy Award and its predecessor designation, Elder Statesman, honor individuals who have made lasting contributions that significantly impacted Texas Baptist life, particularly in Christian education and missions.

Editorial: Irish gays, U.S. religion & the future of faith

Editorial: Irish gays, U.S. religion & the future of faith

One the surface, Ireland’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage and the Pew Research Center’s recent survey of American religion may not have much in common. But together, they describe the church’s enormous challenge confronting secular culture.

Texas Baptist Voices

Kathy Hillman: Go and Go Now - Evangelism and discipleship

This summer, Texas Baptists will send 280 collegiate missionaries to locations around Texas, throughout the United States and across the world.

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

Christianity isn’t in trouble at all. Churches are in trouble. And we did it to ourselves.

Down Home: My 'last best day'

If we live with the last best day in mind, maybe we’ll appreciate each day a little more. We’ll be quicker to count our blessings, more prone to pray, “Thank you, God.”

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Some people claim, “Environmentalism is just another religion” to rebut people who link climate change to human activity. Are they right?

Texas Baptist Voices

Richard Ray: The true meaning of ‘bivocational’

Growing up in a bivocational minister’s home, I never thought of my father as a part-time pastor, much less knew what the word “bivocational” meant. Now I am learning “bivocational” still is misunderstood by both laymen and ministers.

Editorial: Religious landscape isn’t as bleak as the numbers appear

Editorial: Religious landscape isn’t as bleak as the numbers appear

The latest paint-by-numbers picture of the Texas religious landscape looks similar to, but subtly different than, the national mural. What you see in them depends upon how you look at them.

 
 
 
 
 
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