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  • SBTC DR teams end response to tornadoes, move to Missouri

    May 22 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    SBTC DR teams end response to tornadoes, move to Missouri

    Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) disaster relief (DR) teams ended a nearly two-week deployment to East Texas, where they assisted victims of four tornadoes that hit in late April and early May. SBTC DR efforts focused on the communities of Canton, Emory and Fruitvale, said Mike Benton a DR “white cap” leader from Bishop, Texas.

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  • 6 tornadoes in 3 counties: Texas rallies DR response

    May 4 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    6 tornadoes in 3 counties: Texas rallies DR response

    Even before the last of six deadly tornadoes hit three counties east of Dallas on the afternoon of May 1, disaster relief teams with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention had assembled under the supervision of incident commander Daniel White. Four people were killed and dozens injured during the storms.

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  • Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

    April 11 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

    A $7 million lawsuit alleges children were “serially sexually abused” and neglected at a Baptist children’s home in Texas. The Texas Baptist Home for Children – an “affiliated ministry” of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention – did not respond specifically to the suit.

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  • Bus tragedy inspires ‘compassionate response’

    April 3 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bus tragedy inspires ‘compassionate response’

    The setting sun over New Braunfels, Texas, found First Baptist Church holding a vigil on its lawn in remembrance of the 13 senior church members killed in a tragic bus accident. Senior pastor Brad McLean and his congregation have expressed appreciation for the outpouring of love and sympathy already expressed from the country.

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  • Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    February 20 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will escrow what would amount to $1 million annually, Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal reported Feb. 16.

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  • West Virginia Baptists set goals for 2020

    November 22 2016 by Cleve Persinger, WVCSB | with 0 comments
    West Virginia Baptists set goals for 2020

    Gathering around the theme “a new day,” West Virginia Southern Baptists were introduced to three new convention strategists and presented with four-year goals for church planting and baptisms. Meeting in Triadelphia, W.Va., 155 messengers and 48 guests marked a 120 percent increase in total attendance over last year’s annual meeting.

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  • Kansas-Nebraska Baptists increase CP 3 percent

    November 9 2016 by Eva Wilson, Baptist Digest | with 0 comments
    Kansas-Nebraska Baptists increase CP 3 percent

    Messengers to the annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists approved a 3 percent increase in the amount forwarded through the Cooperative Program for national and international missions and ministries. “It is important for us to work together toward Kingdom causes,” Bob Mills, the convention’s executive director, said.

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  • Doug Hodo, former Baptist university president, dies

    October 26 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Doug Hodo, former Baptist university president, dies

    Edward D. (Doug) Hodo Sr., second president of Houston Baptist University, died Oct. 10 at his home in Boerne, Texas, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81. Hodo led HBU from 1987 until his retirement in 2006, when he was named president emeritus.

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  • New birth sprouts among dozens of flood survivors

    August 31 2016 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    New birth sprouts among dozens of flood survivors

    “I would go to hell,” a man replied honestly when Wayne Barber asked where he thought he would be if he died. But the man, who was helping his sister with her flooded Louisiana home, changed his demeanor as Barber explained the gospel to him and the man prayed to receive Christ.

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  • Mt. Zion tackles community’s lack of potable water

    August 18 2016 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Mt. Zion tackles community’s lack of potable water

    The 100 residents of the unincorporated Sandbranch community have lacked potable water due to contaminated wells for a startling three decades. The 138-year-old community, however, now has a source of quenching for its physical and spiritual thirst: Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Project Dreamhaus helps bring basic services to the community.

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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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  • Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

    July 27 2016 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

    Nearly two dozen black pastors met with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards for a prayer and listening session on racial reconciliation amid national tensions stemming from black men being killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., as well as gunmen killing police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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  • Payday loan limits urged by religious coalition

    April 15 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Payday loan limits urged by religious coalition

    American Christians overwhelmingly support government regulation of the predatory lending industry, Southern Baptists and other religious leaders in a Faith for Just Lending Coalition said April 13. Coalition members, in a telephone news conference, pointed to online survey results by LifeWay Research ...

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  • Teenagers lead 5 to Christ at Wendy’s restaurant

    March 17 2016 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Teenagers lead 5 to Christ at Wendy’s restaurant

    A group of Texas cheerleaders at a Wendy’s encountered a group a students fresh from the Student Evangelism Conference North, which had been held at Arlington’s Fielder Church. The students shared the gospel and four of the cheerleaders came to Christ.

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  • Churches keep commitment to CP despite struggles

    March 7 2016 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Churches keep commitment to CP despite struggles

    Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement at the Executive Committee of the SBC, told those attending the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Empower Conference luncheon, “We have a great cause to cooperate together to do what Christ Jesus is calling us to do.”

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