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  • BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    August 29 2018 by Kalie Lowrie, Texas Baptist Communications | with 0 comments
    BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    A celebration of unity and diversity took place as 2,054 messengers and visitors gathered at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Several ethnic fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day event at the Arlington Convention Center.

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  • Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

    August 24 2018 by Southern Baptist TEXAN Staff | with 0 comments
    Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

    One year later, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Executive Director Jim Richards and other SBTC leaders plan to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with prayer and fellowship gatherings scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast coast of Texas and portions of Louisiana, dumping as much as 60 inches of rain in less than a week.

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  • Dripping Springs primed to reach sprawling Austin

    July 17 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Dripping Springs primed to reach sprawling Austin

    First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs was about 20 miles from Austin when it was founded in 1875 in a community of about 200 people. But Austin’s vast growth has reached Dripping Springs, and the church is positioned to reach the 35,000 living there now.

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  • Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for ‘thankless job’

    June 15 2018 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for ‘thankless job’

    One year ago, Hurricane Harvey had yet to appear on radar. One year ago, very few people had heard of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “A lot can happen in a year” was the theme of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) 2018 Send Luncheon. Held during the SBC Pastors’ Conference, NAMB aimed …

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  • Bob Dixon: Disaster relief pioneer was rooted in faith

    May 16 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bob Dixon: Disaster relief pioneer was rooted in faith

    Robert E. “Bob” Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago – seeing disaster relief deployments as “invitations from the Father” – died May 10 at age 90.

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  • Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    May 9 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive. ...

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  • Southwest’s heroic pilot known for sharing her faith

    April 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Southwest’s heroic pilot known for sharing her faith

    When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of their own. Tammie Jo Shults – the pilot who guided Flight 1380 to the ground ...

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  • SBTC staffer Mike Gonzales to be 1st VP nominee

    April 19 2018 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    SBTC staffer Mike Gonzales to be 1st VP nominee

    Mike Gonzales, director of Hispanic ministries for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Texas pastor Juan Sanchez announced. Gonzales served as a missionary to Spain for 15 years with the International Mission Board (IMB) and later became an IMB trustee.

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  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    April 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church’s integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter. The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised.

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  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    March 28 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May. Plans were announced March 27 by Frank Pomeroy, the church’s pastor.

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  • Austin bombings: Pastors unite in prayer

    March 22 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Austin bombings: Pastors unite in prayer

    The spate of bombings in Austin that had everyone in the city on “high alert” may be over after suspect Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself with an explosive March 21. The latest development left many Christian leaders thankful the situation didn’t become far worse, said David Smith, executive director of Austin Baptist Association.

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  • ERLC, Village Church to co-host conference in Dallas

    March 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, Village Church to co-host conference in Dallas

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Village Church will co-host a conference on the church’s gospel engagement with the world. The two-day event – titled “The Gospel and the Future of the Church” – will be held the weekend before the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 gathering in Dallas.

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  • Baptist editors affirm state executives

    March 2 2018 by Baptist and Reflector staff | with 0 comments
    Baptist editors affirm state executives

    During the annual meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications held in Galveston, Texas, Baptist editors affirmed the work of Baptist state convention executive directors. Editors unanimously adopted “A Resolution of Appreciation for State Executive Directors.”

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  • Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    February 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    No one knew what was about to happen when Southern Baptist pastor Nathan Lino stood to share at the Evangelicals for Life dinner about God’s provision for his Houston church’s pro-life pregnancy center in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. ...

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  • BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    February 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCT: CBF decision driven by ‘biblical truth’

    The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ decision to stop forwarding churches’ contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention’s president and executive director.

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