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Challenging Texas Baptists to change the world by looking up


Delvin Atchison closed out the 2017 Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting Tuesday morning by calling Texas Baptists to “peer at our possibilities from God’s perspective.”

He preached from Genesis 15:1-5, a passage that deals with a conversation between Abram and God right after Abram has won a military victory. In spite of this win, Abram was grappling with his disappointment that God had not yet fulfilled His promise of providing descendents.

Atchison highlighted four statements from God to Abram that apply to Texas Baptists... [continue]

Gregory discusses preaching to persuade


Trying to separate preaching from persuasion is a false dichotomy, said Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University.

Persuasion has gotten a bad rap lately, often because it has become associated with manipulation or even coercion, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It was almost a motto for Paul’s ministry, Gregory said.

Paul was always trying to persuade, from his first stop in each new town speaking to the Jews at the local synagogue to the Gentiles with his Areopagus address.

“When you seek to... [continue]

Mancini challenges churches to dream big


A dream can move the people of God to do incredible things for the kingdom of God, but most churches aren’t dreaming big enough. Will Mancini’s keynote address at the Monday evening worship session of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting urged leaders to seek clarity and specificity on their “special assignment from God.”

Mancini is an author, church strategist and founder of the non-profit church consulting group, Auxano. He said most churches he consults with have mission statements that are too broad and vague, relying on phrases such as... [continue]

Robert Pinder, Bob Feather and First Baptist Belton honored by Texas Baptist Mission Foundation


Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) honored two individuals and one church Monday at its annual missions awards luncheon.

Don Cramer presented the Adventurer Award to Robert H. Pinder.

“I wanted you to get a glimpse of his heart, so I asked him two questions,” Cramer said. “The first question was, ‘What was the most rewarding experience of your ministry?’” 

“Pinder said, ‘Starting four churches in Argentina and training six young deacons how to share their faith.’ That stood out among... [continue]

Cross-cultural, cross-generational communication in Hispanic churches


The United States has the second largest Hispanic population of any country in the world. This represents a huge opportunity for Texas Baptists in particular, said Rolando Rodriguez, director of Hispanic Ministries, in his Monday morning workshop at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

In the session, “Preaching to Reach Hispanics in Texas,” Rodriguez said the biggest challenge is finding ways to minister effectively to the diverse generations within the Hispanic community.

The first generation was born outside... [continue]

Hispanic Baptists worship, emphasize being compelled to action


The Texas Baptists Hispanic family gathered Sunday night at Iglesia Bautista Maranatha in Waco to worship together, hear from pastors around the state, and encourage one another to live Compelled for Christ. The rally was one of three held on the first evening of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting.

The first sermon of the evening focused on evangelism.

“A church in action is evangelism; a church in action is reaching the lost,” said Israel Villalobos, associate pastor of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving.

If Texas... [continue]