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  • Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    February 7 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    Trained in critical incident stress management, Debby Tiller Nichols heard about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs and knew she had to go. Nichols was packing her house to move when 27 people were killed at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church in November.

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  • Church’s unity includes Cooperative Program giving

    February 5 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church’s unity includes Cooperative Program giving

    Forest Home Baptist Church, with some 800 worshippers on Sundays, reaches another 1,200 viewers worldwide from its 600-acre campus in East Texas. The church has a unity “that comes from loving each other,” pastor Earl “Buddy” Duggins said. It’s a unity that encompasses Forest Home’s media outreach – and its commitment to the Cooperative Program.

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  • Cold temps open doors to minister to homeless

    January 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cold temps open doors to minister to homeless

    A homeless man lay frozen to death within eyesight of Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas as record-breaking cold temperatures befell much of the U.S. Hot meals and warm beds are among the services Southern Baptist churches are providing to homeless Americans as the nation suffers record-breaking cold temperatures.

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  • SBC added as defendant in Pressler lawsuit

    January 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC added as defendant in Pressler lawsuit

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has been added as a co-defendant in a lawsuit accusing retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler of sexual abuse. An amendment to a suit originally filed last October claims the SBC had a “duty to exercise reasonable care so as to control” Pressler.

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  • Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    January 15 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    Six-year-old Ryland Ward, the last victim hospitalized from the Sutherland Springs massacre, returned home in style Jan. 11. He rode in a crimson Wilson County fire truck driven by volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan, who had rescued the boy from the Nov. 5 carnage.

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  • Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessness

    January 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessness

    An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school’s call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.

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  • FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    January 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    Texas churches wishing to apply for federal disaster aid funds following Hurricane Harvey have until Feb. 4 to do so, according to a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though such funds long had not been available to churches and other houses of worship, FEMA announced a policy change Jan. 2.

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  • Next Gen Pastors’ Network: Leaders share challenges

    January 3 2018 by Jane Rogers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Next Gen Pastors’ Network: Leaders share challenges

    “Only 38 percent of evangelical pastors are under the age of 40, the lowest percentage in history,” Shane Pruitt, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention director of evangelism, told the Texan before the start of the SBTC’s Next Gen Pastors’ Network Roundtable at Criswell College.

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  • State convention building sales accumulate

    December 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State convention building sales accumulate

    At its annual meeting, the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) announced plans to sell its Denver-area office building and relocate to a smaller facility nearby. As CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick put it, the convention’s “desire in selling our building is to maximize the reach of our dollars through minimizing our space needs.”

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  • Small-town church says ‘come as you are’ & 300 do

    December 15 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Small-town church says ‘come as you are’ & 300 do

    As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played “Lookin’ for Love” with Lee’s band in a whole lot of places across Texas and the U.S. in the early 2000s – until a drunk driving accident led him back to a place where love never runs out.

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  • Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    December 13 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named a Southern Baptist Convention entity among its co-defendants. Following multiple media reports on the Oct. 18 suit, Pressler’s legal team released a statement Dec. 12, in which attorney Ted Tredennick called the allegations “frivolous.”

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  • Federal judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    November 29 2017 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Federal judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel placed a permanent injunction on Senate Bill 8, calling the legislation unconstitutional. Texas lawmakers passed the bill earlier this year to ban the procedure typically used in the second trimester.

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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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