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  • Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    November 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating? The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions.

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  • SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    November 21 2017 by Southern Baptist Texan staff | with 0 comments
    SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of “Belong,” the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s annual meeting was its largest since 2008. Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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  • Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    November 14 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s first message to the surviving members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was that they must overcome darkness with the light of Christ. Seven days after a gunman killed 26 worship attendees, Pomeroy delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property.

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  • Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    November 10 2017 by Tammi Ledbetter, Jane Rogers & Bill Bumpas, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    “We take care of our own,” stated Frank S. Page, formerly a Texas pastor, as he and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and his wife Donna spent three days helping to serve families distraught over the Nov. 5 massacre of half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

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  • Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    November 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    Church shootings like the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, will not intimidate the body of Christ, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Congregations that have experienced shootings are offering testimony to support his assertion.

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  • Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    November 8 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    “It’s a pretty somber place,” Scottie Stice said of the community left behind after Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stice reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other disaster relief volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the “senseless” tragedy.

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  • Texas shooting: SBC leaders to visit grieving pastor, church

    November 7 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas shooting: SBC leaders to visit grieving pastor, church

    Southern Baptists ministering in the wake of what some have called the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history say they’ve witnessed “God at work” despite the 26 dead and some 20 others wounded at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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  • 26 killed in Texas church shooting

    November 6 2017 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    26 killed in Texas church shooting

    The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Nov. 5 worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    November 6 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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  • Harvey disaster relief showed ‘faith in action’

    November 1 2017 by Southern Baptist TEXAN & BP staff | with 0 comments
    Harvey disaster relief showed ‘faith in action’

    Melissa del Flora took it upon herself to organize meals for Hurricane Harvey survivors occupying 40 rooms at the Quality Inn in Seabrook, Texas. Even though food and drinks arrived for a month, del Flora grew weary. Through a random conversation with one of the evacuees, she learned that Baptists could help lift the load. ...

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  • World Series is latest challenge for pastor’s kid

    October 27 2017 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World Series is latest challenge for pastor’s kid

    There’s no telling how many hours Scott McHugh and his wife Teresa have spent watching their son Collin play baseball over the years. From little leagues, to his college years at Berry College, to five seasons in the minor leagues, Collin toiled through wins, losses, triumphs and failures – with his parents never far away.

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  • Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    October 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen’s abortion ended Oct. 25 when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced she had terminated her pregnancy. ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said “justice prevailed,” according to an ACLU news release.

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  • Utah team seeks ‘forgotten among us’ in Houston

    October 26 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Utah team seeks ‘forgotten among us’ in Houston

    Mike Brooks is a plumber – and a busy one at that. But he felt God calling him to help in Houston with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. So, he and eight others from Baptist churches in Utah traveled to serve where they could on Oct. 15-20.

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  • WORLD SERIES: Astros wall ad spotlights Houston’s First

    October 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    WORLD SERIES: Astros wall ad spotlights Houston’s First

    At a critical moment in this year’s Major League Baseball playoffs, pursuit of a Houston Astros home run ball at Minute Maid Park caused New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge to crash into a right field sign promoting Houston’s First Baptist Church.

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  • Abortion rights claimed by undocumented immigrant

    October 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion rights claimed by undocumented immigrant

    The Trump administration is locked in a legal battle over whether it is required to facilitate an abortion for a 17-year-old illegal immigrant being held in a federally funded Texas shelter. The administration claims it is not required to expend any resources to secure an abortion for the immigrant, including providing transportation to an abortion clinic.

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