August 2017

Grasping the depth of lostness and urgency for the Gospel

By Madi

John writes about the Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus, in the Gospel of John and most the focus is how He rescued her from sin. But have you ever stopped to think about why Samaria? Why that woman?

I spent this last summer in the Middle East.  I met a friend who drew me back to this story over and over again. She was beautiful and kind, eclipsing all the generosity the region is known for.

One evening she invited two friends and I to the evening breaking of fast during Ramadan. After eating, we sat around,... [continue]

Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally

For Immediate Release 

August 14, 2017


Joshua Minatrea Director of Communications Texas Baptists 214-887-5473

Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA

DALLAS–Our Texas Baptists family stands strongly against white supremacy and racism of any kind. The Bible is our guide to faith and practice. We are a people of the Book.

David Hardage, Executive Director Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas)


Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas), established... [continue]

White like me

A picture in the news this weekend showed three white men holding black shields and black flags. It occurred to me that, though younger, they looked like me. Without their foolish garb, we could be mistaken as being very much alike. If I could hear them talk, we might even speak with a similar accent.

But I have little in common with those people. We may both have light-colored skin, but below the skin there is something different. They spew hate; I do not even silently feel that for those who are different from me. They portray an attitude of bravado; I would much... [continue]


Por JaclynBonner

Abandonados, aislados y solos: este es el destino de miles de niños en Sierra Leona que han quedado huérfanos como resultado del mortal virus del ébola. A pesar de que el temibleébola ya no es uno de los prominentes encabezados internacionales, los devastadores efectos del brote han cambiado las vidas de miles de personas.

Un reporte del 2015 indicó que más de 12.000 niños en Sierra Leonahabían perdido por lo menos a uno de sus cuidadores primarios debido a la enfermedad. El huérfano del ébola promedio... [continue]


Una comunidad en Quebec ha hecho algo interesante. La población de Saint-Apollinaire votó para no permitir un cementerio musulmán en la ciudad.

Lo hicieron por una razón importante. Como fue reportado por Peter Stockland en The Globe & Mail, los partidarios de esta prohibición están en contra de los entierros funeralespor motivo de cualquier tradición religiosa, y punto. Tampoco se permitirá un cementerio católico.

“Quieren expandir el concepto de igualdad más allá de la sepulturaa fin de que todos seamos iguales en la muerte”, escribe... [continue]

Is your church ready for the boomer generation?

In 2011, baby boomers started reaching the ripe age of 65, at the rate of 10,000 per day, or approximately 4 million per year. This huge, growing wave of aging boomers will continue to grow and crest until 2029.

The impact this tsunami of aging boomers will have on every aspect of our society, including our churches, is seen in several stunning statistics, including:

  • In 2017, for the first time in American history, there are more people over the age of 50 than under 50.

  • From 2010 to 2030, just 20 years, the number of

... [continue]

Seeing the impact of investing in Tahoe City

I have spent a chunk of my life working with children in various aspects. When I went off to college, I learned the important skill of investing in people and through multiple interventions by God, I finally started investing time in children.

This summer has been full of investing in children, and God has really shown me lately how important it is. You see, investing in all people is important and needed. We should definitely do that with people of all races, nationalities and ages, but when we invest in children, we get the unique... [continue]

Project: Start refugee center to host “My American Dreams” art exhibit at NorthPark

DALLAS–Project: Start, a refugee resource center in North Dallas, will present “My American Dreams” refugee children's art exhibition August 8-23 at NorthPark Center, located on North Central Expressway in Dallas.

Project: Start, a ministry of Texas Baptists, is working to connect refugees in Dallas with the resources they need to find stability. Thousands upon thousands of refugees live within a three-mile stretch of a North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. With over 30 different languages spoken, their... [continue]

Freedom and equality do together -- the Bible affirms & we proclaim

A community in Quebec has done an interesting thing. The people of Saint-Apollinaire voted to not allow a Muslim cemetery in town.

They did so for a rather high-minded reason. As reported by Peter Stockland in The Globe & Mail, supporters of the ban are against burial on the basis of any faith tradition, period. No Catholic cemetery either.

“They want to stretch egalitarianism beyond the grave so that we are equally dead together,” Stockland writes.

Egalitarianism has a strong appeal to people in North... [continue]

Campers impact volunteers at Special Friends Retreat

By Ruth Whorton

There are some things in life that make you smile so much your face hurts. These joyful life moments are precious and rare, and the Special Friends Retreat is one of these experiences.

Through support from the Mary Hill Davis Offering and Texas Baptists’ Cooperative Program funding, the Special Friends Retreat is a product of the Texas Baptists Special Needs Ministry which provides an on-level camp experience for people with special needs. The Special Friends Retreat began 41 years ago with 30 campers. Today, there... [continue]

Answered prayers for softened hearts

By Rachel Scott

In West Africa, people walk around leisurely and talk to everyone they encounter to show them they are important. They do this a lot, so now that we have become more a part of their community, we get to do it as well. It affords us the opportunity to tell stories about Jesus.

One evening, we were making a circuit of the compounds at the far end of our village. We left one compound after an hour and a half of talking and we were feeling really discouraged. We wanted them to know the truth so badly and it seemed like they're trying... [continue]