October 2017


Congregation loses everything but hope


By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer

“Winter is coming.” That is the phrase that Pastor David Maldonado kept repeating. It was a plea for help; a cry to God. Maybe both.

In August, Iglesia Bautista Jesus de Nazaret in Houston was struck by Hurricane Harvey. The church building took on three feet of water and almost everything inside was destroyed.

“We saved one of the speakers, two microphones and my guitar,” Maldonado said. “Now, on Sundays my brother-in-law brings another guitar that he borrowed and my brother borrows a base.” It is... [continue]

Loving the least of these amidst Harvey destruction


For Metrey Pheap Baptist Church in Houston, floods are nothing new. However, as they are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, this church is working harder than ever to serve those in need.

In both 2003 and 2005, the church experienced extensive flooding, resulting in a combined $30,000 worth of damage. This past August, the destruction of Hurricane Harvey caused double the damage, with an estimated repair cost of $60,000. Though this is the third time the church has flooded, it is the first time they are experiencing a total loss.

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ANDAR EL CAMINO


El mundo está turbado. Plagado deconfusión, violencia, frustración y división, parece haber una ansiedad e irritabilidad general en el aire. Esta semana he escuchado a muchas personas expresar lo abrumadas que se sienten. Yo también siento la tensión.

El sábado pasado me reuní con un grupo de veinte personas de la First Baptist Church Covington, su pastor, Dr. Eric Black, un grupo de estudiantes de la Facultad de Servicio Social Garland de la Universidad de Baylor, y Gaynor Yancey, profesora de servicio social y directora del Center for Family and Community... [continue]

Walk the Way


The world is troubled. Riddled with confusion, violence, frustration, and divisiveness, there seems to be a general anxiety and irritability in the air. In the past week, I have heard multiple people express how overwhelming everything feels.

I get it. I feel the tension, too.

This past Saturday, I sat in a fellowship hall with twenty lovely people. The group was comprised of church members from First Baptist Church Covington, their pastor, Dr. Eric Black, a group of Baylor University’s Garland School of Social Work students, and Dr. Gaynor Yancey, Professor of Social... [continue]

Texas Baptists encouraged to live compelled at Annual Meeting in Waco


Texas Baptists are celebrating their call to “Live Compelled” at this years’ Annual Meeting in Waco, Nov. 12-14. For up-to-date information including schedule, speakers, business and more, go to texasbaptists.org/annualmeeting. Online registration for your church is available until Nov. 1.

“In the Bible our New Testament ancestors were compelled by the Spirit, compelled to preach, and compelled to contend for the faith,” said Danny Reeves, Texas Baptists president and pastor of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.... [continue]

The Truth No One Wants to Hear or Talk About


By Dawn Irons, M.A., LPC

It’s been 48-hours since the knock on the door, and yet it seems a lifetime ago. It was a persistent knock that would not go away. I made my way to the door, still in my pajamas, and when I opened the door I saw the people gathered around my daughter and holding her up. I ran to them to see what was going on.

They explained how they had been driving down the road and they saw her collapsed in the middle of the street. Her body was involuntarily shaking and she was unable to make clear sentences. It was something I... [continue]

Evaluations within your church


By Aaron Summers

We all must do them and have them done to us. In church life, this tends to be tricky and messy.  We have borrowed so many terms from the business world that we are fuzzy on the real issues before us. We use terms such as personnel, finance, human resources, etc. It is no wonder we have easily shifted into a cultural version of evaluative measures.

Every year, churches come to this point and feel they must do an evaluation on those who receive a salary. I certainly understand and accept accountability.  We should be holding one another... [continue]

Announcing Tamiko Jones as the New Executive Director - Treasurer


WMU of Texas is excited to announce that Tamiko Jones of Arlington, Texas is the new executive director-treasurer effective November 1, 2017.  She comes to this position with a wealth of missions and ministry experience plus business expertise.  

Read the full press release here at the Baptist Standard... 

NOSOTROS, LOS VOYEURS DE LA VIOLENCIA, SEGUIMOS ENGENDRANDO UNA VERDADERA VIOLENCIA.


La glamorosa Las Vegas es la muestra más reciente de violencia. La muerte acabó con la ilusión de un festival. Lo que sucedió en Las Vegas no puede permanecer en Las Vegas; se ha convertido en una noticia trágica, el peor tiroteo en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Los aficionados corrieron, y todos quisiéramos poder escapar de la carnicería maligna que se nos aparece en cada esquina.

Oramos; aun los no cristianos oran, y al hacerlo es como si pensáramos que no hay nada más que se pueda hacer.La... [continue]

We voyeurs of violence continue to beget real violence


Glitzy Las Vegas provides the most recent setting of violence. Death punctures the illusion of carnival. What happens in Vegas can no longer stay in Vegas; it has become tragic news, the worst shooting in United States history. The concertgoers ran, and we all wish we could run from the malignant carnage that seems to confront us at all corners.

We pray. Even rather irreligious people pray. And as we pray it is as if we think there is nothing else we need to do.

Violence should not surprise us. This world has always been a... [continue]

Compassion and service after the hurricane


By John Hall, Contributing Writer

When disaster strikes, First Baptist Church in Athens jumps into high gear.

The congregation often responds to needs in the wake of disaster through Texas Baptist Men. So when it saw the widespread devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, it did what comes naturally – sought to meet the needs of hurting people.

“A lot of church members have friends down there, they have family down there that’s been affected,” said Steve Akin, the church’s minister of missions.

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FBC Mineola joins other churches rallying around Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson


By John Hall, Contributing Writer

The devastation sustained by Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson can be summed up with one word: Total.

“We’ve got a sanctuary,” Pastor Ted Duck said. “Then we have a separate building that’s a gymnasium/activity center. Then we have a Christian school, which is where our offices are. We got 51 inches of water. It wiped out everything we have. Everything.”

Everything except the congregation’s belief in God. In the wake of the storm, God continues to meet the... [continue]

LA 85a SESIÓN LEGISLATIVA HA CONCLUIDO OFICIALMENTE: REPORTE DE LA SESIÓN ESPECIAL


El Gobernador Abbot llamó a una sesión especial que comenzó el 18 de julio y tuvo fin el 15 de agosto. La agenda de la sesión especial cubrió 20 temasque la Legislatura descuidó o no tuvo tiempo de aprobar durante la sesión regular de 140 días que se llevó a cabo anteriormente en la primavera. Oprima aquí para ver la lista de los temas de la agenda de la sesión especial.

La Comisión de Vida Cristiana se enfocó principalmente en tres asuntos que se coinciden con losobjetivos de políticapúblicaque... [continue]

CUALQUIERA DE NOSOTROS PODRÍA SER LA SIGUIENTE VÍCTIMA DE LOS OPIOIDES


Hace algunos años estuve postrado en una cama de hospital tres horas con dolores agudos causados por piedras en el riñón. La primera inyección de morfina no tuvo mucho efecto; la segunda sí me ayudó.

Ahora leo en el National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): “El fentanilo es un opioide sintético en polvo que sirve como analgésico yes similar a la morfina, pero de 50 a 100 veces más potente”.

Simplemente se me dificulta entender la potencia de esta droga. Temía el poder adictivo de la morfina, pero el fentanilo es una... [continue]

LOS SOÑADORES MERECEN COMPASIÓN


PorJesús Romero

Edith Franco tenía solo ocho años de edad cuando su familia cruzó la frontera sur de los Estados Unidos con el fin de buscar trabajo y un mejor futuro hace 17 años. Ha vivido en los Estados Unidos la mayor parte de su vida, y en el 2012 recibió un beneficio migratorio conocido como DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia). DACA le dio el beneficio de un permiso de trabajo, lo que le ayudó a obtener empleo, una licencia de conducir y una tarjeta de seguro social. DACA no conduce a nadie a la ciudadanía, pero sí le... [continue]