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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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  • Despite language and distance, Texas church looks like heaven

    August 3 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Despite language and distance, Texas church looks like heaven

    Within the increasingly diverse congregation that makes up Champion Forest Baptist Church is a family that could be the poster children for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s annual “Look Like Heaven” emphasis. The Orellana family represents three continents, four languages and one Lord.

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  • ‘Until He comes’: Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    July 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Until He comes’: Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    Months before shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer. The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters, where continuous prayers are planned for the city beginning in August.

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  • Erasmus’ Greek New Testament changed history 500 years ago

    March 9 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Erasmus’ Greek New Testament changed history 500 years ago

    A conference and museum exhibit at Houston Baptist University helped mark the 500th anniversary of a Greek New Testament edition – written by Erasmus – that the exhibit’s curator said “spurred the Reformation” and “continues to be important” for biblical studies.

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  • Reach Houston initiative set before SBTC messengers

    November 13 2015 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Reach Houston initiative set before SBTC messengers

    Two of the core values of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) – being Kingdom-focused and missionally driven – took center stage at the SBTC annual meeting, Nov. 10-11 at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston. Messengers were challenged to join the Reach Houston church planting and church revitalization initiative …

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  • Houston pastors fight gender-bending Equal Rights Ordinance

    October 23 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, World New Service | with 0 comments
    Houston pastors fight gender-bending Equal Rights Ordinance

    The diverse group of pastors who fought a year-long battle to get a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance on the upcoming ballot won a seemingly impossible legal fight with outgoing Mayor Annise Parker. But the most daunting task may still lie ahead – getting Houstonians, especially members of their congregations, to vote.

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  • City sued over attempted grab of churches’ land

    August 7 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    City sued over attempted grab of churches’ land

    Two African American churches in Houston have filed a lawsuit in response to what they say is an illegal city attempt to seize their property for an urban renewal project. “When we moved into this area, it was considered the highest crime-rate area in the city of Houston,” said pastor Roy Lee Kossie.

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  • Houston to vote on equal rights ordinance

    August 7 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, The Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Houston to vote on equal rights ordinance

    Houston’s City Council voted Aug. 5 to put the controversial equal rights ordinance (known as HERO) on the Nov. 3 ballot after a vote to repeal the law failed but not before debate arose over the ballot language. Council members opposed to the ballot language cautioned Mayor Annise Parker …

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  • TX Supreme Court: Repeal or vote on Houston ordinance

    July 28 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN/ Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    TX Supreme Court: Repeal or vote on Houston ordinance

    The Texas Supreme Court has directed the Houston’s city council to abide by its own charter and repeal the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance or put it up to a city-wide vote this November. The city has until Aug. 24 to comply or be compelled to do so by the high court.

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  • ‘I Stand Sunday’ draws 6,000-plus in Houston

    November 5 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments

    Part revival meeting, part civics lesson, the “I Stand Sunday” rally Nov. 2 in Houston drew more than 6,000 people to Grace Community Church, led by one of five ministers subpoenaed for their role in a legal fight against city hall. An additional 300 churches and 765 homes watched the webcast.

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  • N.M. Baptists stand with Houston pastors

    October 28 2014 by John Loudat, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.M. Baptists stand with Houston pastors

    The Baptist Convention of New Mexico has taken a stand with five pastors in Houston who have had their sermons and other communications subpoenaed following their opposition to a homosexual-transgender rights ordinance passed in May. The subpoenas had been issued in September to the pastors by a law firm assisting…

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  • Bordeaux calls for united stand on Nov. 2

    October 27 2014 by K. Allan Blume | with 2 comments
     Bordeaux calls for united stand on Nov. 2

    C.J. Bordeaux, outgoing president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, is heralding a “clarion call” to pastors and church leaders. He is joining Ronnie Floyd and others who recently called Southern Baptists to join forces with “I Stand Sunday” on Nov. 2.

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  • Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

    October 17 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist Texan/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’s protections based on sexual orientation.

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  • Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

    October 16 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

    Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion on behalf of the pastors seeking to halt the subpoenas.

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  • Houston ordinance slated for January trial

    August 20 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, TEXAN/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Houston ordinance slated for January trial

    A judge has set a Jan. 19 trial date for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, continuing suspension of the ordinance due to a disputed petition to put the measure to a citywide vote. A large number of Houston pastors gathered thousands of signatures on the petition and submitted them…

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