October 2016


After a season of harsh words, may we find new ones to heal


A few weeks ago I stopped posting on social media about the presidential campaign. I had not taken sides. I stopped posting because I didn’t trust myself. I was beginning to get angry and wanting to say mean things, to use unkind labels, to disrespect.

It’s been hard to not comment, but I’m glad I refrained. My anger and meanness would not have been of any help to my family, friends, or me.

Now we near the end, and I wonder how the vitriolic language of this campaign will affect us as a people going forward. (I'm not speaking... [continue]

Americans care less about personal immorality in politicians


Americans today are more likely to say elected officials can act ethically in office even if they have behaved immorally in their personal lives, according to a PRRI/Brookings survey Oct. 19. And white evangelical Protestants are even more likely to hold this view.

Sixty-one percent of Americans say “immoral personal behavior does not preclude public officials from carrying out their public or professional duties with honesty and integrity.” Only 29 percent disagree. This compares to a 2011 survey that recorded a 44... [continue]

Changing drug laws change the road


David Aggio drove into a California intersection in the middle of the day in March 2014. Another driver, Rodolfo Alberto Contreras, ran the red light traveling at close to 80 mph, lost control, crossed the center divider, and struck Aggio's oncoming Ford Explorer. Aggio died instantly, according to channel 23 in Bakersfield.

This year, a jury convicted Contreras of "second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired by marijuana, and DUI by marijuana causing injury. In the almost six years that the District Attorney has had a... [continue]

Ninety years to make a life


Ninety years ago today a young sharecropping couple celebrated a birth and named the baby Ferrell but would call him Gene. He grew up with Texas dirt literally between his barefoot toes in the sandhills of East Texas near Athens. A dream grew up with him -- to be a wealthy cattleman like his maternal grandfather.

But life takes an interesting course. Gene dropped out of high school to take a job in Dallas, finished school at night, served in the Army in the Pacific as World War II wound down, returned to Dallas to work and take a bride, fathered a daughter... [continue]

NAMB SEND Relief Encouraging Texas Baptists Churches to Send Volunteers to Louisiana


The North American Mission Board “SEND Relief” is operating a Volunteer Housing/Reception Center in Gonzales, LA to assist families affected by the September flooding in the Southeast part of the state. Over 40,000 homes flooded leaving a path of destruction across 14 different Parishes (Counties).

Volunteers are needed to repair homes in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

“No Yellow Cap training is needed for this long term disaster recovery project,” said Cathy Miller of NAMB, who is coordinating this... [continue]

EL ÚLTIMO 5o DOMINGO DEL AÑO DE LA OFRENDA CONTRA EL HAMBRE Y EL ESTRENO DEL NUEVO VI


¡Buenas noticias! El

video

 de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre está listo para que usted lo vea.

“La Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas en acción en España” se enfoca en el ministerio de repartición de alimentos de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista en Cerdanyola, España, un ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre.

El video presenta a Antonia y Pedro, una pareja con problemas financieros debido a la crisis económica del 2008 en España. Después de recibir ayuda respondieron al llamado de... [continue]

CÓMO 25 POLLOS TRANSFORMARON A UNA FAMILIA: UNA HISTORIA DE LA OFRENDA CONTRA EL HAMBRE


Soontorn Inthayok es obrero de día y guardia medio tiempo, y el principal sustento de su familia en el norte de Tailandia. El hombre de 49 años de edad provee para su hermana mayor, que tiene una discapacidad mental, y su hijo, que asiste a una escuela técnica. Además, se sobrepone a su propia deshabilidad personal para llevar a casa aproximadamente $300 dólares al mes. Aunque Soontorn trabaja muy duro, a menudo los gastos mensuales de comida, servicios y colegiatura son mucho más de lo que... [continue]

How 25 chickens transformed a family - a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story


Soontorn Inthayok is a day laborer and part-time guard, serving as the primary wage earner for his family in Northern Thailand. The 49-year-old provides for his older sister, who is mentally disabled, and his son, who is attending technical college. He also overcomes his personal disability to bring home earnings of approximately $300 US dollars per month. While Soontorn works extremely hard, often the monthly expenses of food, utilities and tuition are more than what he earns.

When Soontorn learned he was... [continue]

Questions to keep conversation flowing in your marriage


Ever run out of things to talk about? Maybe it’s because we work and serve together, but more often than not, Cory and I find ourselves gravitating toward conversations that center around ’church stuff,’ i.e. upcoming events or meetings, things going on in this family or in that family, even venting our ministry frustrations and heartaches. It’s so reassuring to be on the same page in our ministries, but our communication can easily become focused on external things, and we may miss out on growing in relational intimacy in the... [continue]

Last 5th Sunday Hunger Offering of Year and New Video Released


Good news! The new Hunger Offering video is now released and ready to watch.

“Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at work in Spain” highlights Iglesia Evangelica Bautista’s food pantry in Cerdanyola, Spain, a Hunger Offering ministry. 

The video introduces Antonia and Pedro, a couple who struggled financially due to the Spanish economic crash in 2008. After receiving assistance, they answered the call to give back and serve their community on a weekly basis. 

There are two versions of the video. The full-length version is... [continue]

Youth ministers at Conclave encouraged to promote racial reconciliation within churches


Racial reconciliation should begin through believers in the church, according to Bryan Carter, pastor of Concord Church in Dallas. Rather than relying on law enforcement, or looking to the government and society to break down racial tensions, Carter and Jeff Warren encouraged youth ministers to promote change within their own congregations. The two pastors were interviewed by Jane Wilson, youth discipleship specialist, during the Leadership Tuesday session of Youth Ministry Conclave on October 11 in... [continue]

El conducir un auto es reflejo del carácter


El conducir por la autopista interestatal 35 entre Austin y Dallas-Fort Worth es navegar en medio de obstáculos de construcción, tráfico pesado y accidentes frecuentes. Puede convertirse en una tarea tensa y aburrida.

Esta semana hice un experimento. Puse el piloto automático en la velocidad límite y quité el pie del acelerador. La velocidad máxima entre Austin y el Metroplex varía entre 60 a 75 millas por hora y a menudo cambia, de modo que se requiere ajustar el piloto automático muchas veces.

No le va a sorprender si le digo lo que... [continue]

Driving says something about character


Driving on Interstate 35 between Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth is like navigating an obstacle course of construction, heavy traffic, and frequent crashes. It can be a tense, mind-numbing task.

This week I tried an experiment. I set my cruise control on the speed limit and gave my right foot a rest. The speed limit between Austin and the Metroplex varies from 60 to 75 and changes quite often, so it requires multiple resettings of the cruise.

You will not be surprised by what I experienced by driving the fastest speed allowed by law. The vast... [continue]

When They Say the Wrong Thing


Speechless. Flabbergasted. I walked away from that brief one-sided conversation at church, not knowing if I should laugh or cry. Why would this person say something like that to me? I know his particular personality, quick-witted and humorous, always with something funny to say. I knew his comment was most likely not intended to ruin my day or cause me mental grief for the next few years. So, after obsessively dwelling on it all afternoon, I ended up having a conversation with myself and told myself I needed to lighten up.

As a pastor’s wife, I realize... [continue]

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to assist Hurricane-damaged Haiti


Updated October 11, 2016

  • Texas Baptists Missionaries Ernie and Sharon Rice, currently serving in Haiti, are providing updates on needs in hardest hit areas - Grand-Goâve, Petit-Goâve and Jérémie.
  • At least 336 people have died since Hurricane Matthew struck on Oct. 4.
  • Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has approved funds to assist with immediate needs following Hurricane Matthew.
  • Funds given to TBDR will be used to purchase food, water and cleaning supplies.

Hurricane Matthew has left behind widespread... [continue]

Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas


Texas Baptists welcomed Dan Curry to the staff as the new Area Representative for Area 9 from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, effective Monday, October 3. As an Area Representative, Curry will serve as a connection to local churches and ministers in the area, providing help whenever a need arises such as for training, during a pastorless period or assistance with declining or plateaued churches. Click here to view a map of our Area Representatives.

Curry has served in ministry across Texas for more than four decades,... [continue]

Respuesta al llamado en hacer justicia


“Estoy en Birmingham porque hay injusticia aquí”, son las palabras del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. en su famosa “Carta desde la cárcel de Birmingham”, en la cual desafiaba a los cristianos a salir de las sombras e involucrarse en la lucha por la justicia y la igualdad. Estos hombres habían criticado que King los conminara a tener paciencia y dominio propio en lugar de levantarse en protestas en Birmingham. Hoy, como en ese entonces, los cristianos se ven en la tentación de ignorar la injusticia. Algunos solo dicen “predica el evangelio”, pero... [continue]

Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco


Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories.

Sunday, November 13, kicks off with several evening rallies including Hispanic Ministries, African American Ministries, Cowboy Churches and BSM leaders.

Cleophus LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of... [continue]

Answering the call to justice


“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” These words are from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which he challenged fellow clergy to get off the sidelines and get involved in the struggle for equality and justice. These clergymen had criticized King, urging patience and restraint rather than protests in Birmingham. Today, just as then, there is a temptation for Christians to ignore injustice. Some will say just "preach the Gospel," but we must engage where we see injustice if we are to be faithful to our call as... [continue]

What If You Just Ask?!


In my early days of pastoral ministry, I met two of the “big” pastors in my city at a local event for pastor types. By big, I mean they led the two largest churches in the city and county, each one preaching to over 1,500 on any given Sunday. Considering I was usually preaching to about 50, that was huge.

I came home feeling intimidated. I wondered what it would be like to be them. You know, studs. Ha!

No really, what I wanted to do was get close to them and see what I could learn from them. They were each 10-15 years ahead of me in ministry experience, and I... [continue]

George C. Marshall y la importance del dominio propio


Me pregunto cuántos estadounidenses hoy en día están familiarizados con el nombre y las hazañas de una de las personas más importantes del siglo XX: George C. Marshall.

Marshall fue el autor de una de las victorias militares más importantes de la historia –La Segunda Guerra Mundial—y después de la guerra dio forma a uno de los logros más importantes para la paz en la época de postguerra, lo que ahora se conoce como el Plan Marshall. En resumen, Marshall nos guió en la derrota de nuestros enemigos y después los convirtió en nuestros... [continue]