February 2018


MLK: Ultimately, Good Friday gives way to the triumph of Easter


Note: April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is good to remember the words of his life. Here are excerpts from one of his speeches.

“The Church on the Frontier of Racial Tension,” April 19, 1961, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

King:

. . . God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men, but God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race. The creation of a society where every man will respect the dignity and worth of human personality.

So I believe that this is what we can learn from the church, and this is what the church has been teaching in an amazing way, and it must continue to get this over in this very important period of our history. And if we will but do these things, we will be able to move in the great days ahead. Let us realize that the problem will not just work itself out, we have the responsibility of helping to work it out. It will not be solved until men and women all over this nation are willing to stand up with a sort of divine discontent. . . .

There is something at the center of our faith which reminds us of this, . . . something that reminds us that Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumph and beat of the drums of Easter...

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MÁS DE LO QUE EL OJO VE A SIMPLE VISTA


Por Caleb Seibert

La reciente ola de escándalos de asalto sexual debe ser un llamado a despertar al país con respecto a una verdad largamente ignorada: Nuestra obsesión sexual está fuera de control. Mientras la sociedad busca una explicación a esta tragedia, un culpable se esconde en las sombras. Ese culpable es la pornografía.

La pornografía se ha generalizado de una manera escandalosa, sobre todo en vista de la mayor disponibilidad de teléfonos celulares inteligentes y un casi ilimitado acceso ainternet. Estudios recientes muestran que casi el 79% de los varones jóvenes y el 34% de la población femenil joven de entre los 18 y 30 años de edad consumen pornografía de manera consistente. En el 2015, un solo sitio pornográfico de internet reportó una audiencia televisiva de 4.3 billones de horas; es decir, el equivalente a 500,000 años enfrente de la pantalla. Cuando el profesor SimonLajeunesse intentó estudiar el impacto y alcance de la pornografía entre la gente joven hace unos años, se vio forzado a limitar su investigación debido al hecho de que no podía encontrar hombres de edad universitaria que no estuvieran ya consumiéndola. De hecho, no existía un grupo de prueba.[3]...

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EXTRACTO DEL LIBRO: LIDERAZGO EN LA IGLESIA AFROAMERICANA


Extracto del libro Liderazgo en la iglesia afroamericana: Guíapara una era de cambios demográficos del Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr.

Se espera que el cuerpo ministerial afroamericano seaabierto y directo con respecto a la justicia y la igualdad. La razón por la que esto es diferente en las comunidades afroamericanas se debe a la iglesia afroamericana...

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Book Excerpt: Leadership in the Black Church


Excerpt from the book: Leadership in the Black Church: Guidance in the midst of Changing Demographics, by Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr.

African-American clergy are expected to be upfront and outspoken on issues of justice and equality to say the least. The reason it is different in the black community is because of the African-American church...

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Executive Board aims for agility in meeting needs, reaching next generation for Christ


The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas approved a motion on Tuesday to form a committee to research ways in which the Convention could be more agile in response to emerging needs...

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BGCT removes CBF from giving form, affirms view of biblical marriage


The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted Tuesday to accept a joint-recommendation from the Finance and Administration Support Committees to remove the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from its church giving forms...

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BGCT remueve a CBF de la forma de contribución y afirma el matrimonio bíblico


La Junta Ejecutiva de la Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) votó el martes 19 de febrero para aceptar la recomendación de los Comités de Finanzas y Apoyo Administrativo de remover al Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) de la forma que usan las iglesias para designar sus contribuciones...

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Hosting after Harvey


Almost 20 years ago, waters flooded Southeastern Texas as the effects of the Pacific Hurricane Madeline reverberated across the United States. As volunteers rushed toward the devastation, First Baptist Church of Victoria opened their doors to host the first responders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, their heart to host remains...

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Statement regarding CBF Governing Board’s adoption of Illumination Project report


In light of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board’s vote to approve the recommendations of the Illumination Project, Texas Baptists affirms its long-held position on Biblical sexuality and marriage...

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EL MINISTERIO NORTH TEXAS PROVEE UN HOGAR, SANIDAD Y ESPERANZA A LAS VÍCTIMAS DE ABUSO SEXUA


El hogar. Un lugar diseñado no solo para ser un refugio, sino también para compartir comidas, conversaciones íntimas, grandes sueños y mucha alegría. Un lugar al que muchos están acostumbrados, sin pensar lo que sería no tenerlo, o tener uno que ha sido corrompido por el abuso.

Sin embargo, para muchos niños, el abuso es a lo que se han acostumbrado. La Fundación Poiema ayuda a aquellos que han enfrentado esta realidad. Se dedica a educar al público y fomentar la concientización del abuso sexual, el tráfico humano y otros métodos de explotación sexual.

Poiema, la palabra griega para “hechura”, es usada en Efesios 2:10 para describir cómo Dios nos creó: “Somos hechura de Dios, creados en Cristo Jesús para buenas obras, las cuales Dios ha preparado de antemano para nosotros&rdquo...

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UN LLAMADO A LA ACCIÓN Y A LA ORACIÓN ESTE DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN


El Día de San Valentín está a la vuelta de la esquina.

Las tiendas están a reventar con ositos de peluche, corazones de chocolate enormes y tarjetas de amor. No pude evitar pensar en el movimiento #metoo al andar por el pasillo adornado de colores rosa y rojo del Día de San Valentín en Walgreen’s. Las mujeres (y hombres) que han sufrido trauma y abuso han alzado valientemente su voz para compartir sus historias.

Al igual que en la Navidad, el Día de San Valentín puede provocar sentimientos y recuerdos dolorosos para aquellos que han sido víctimas de abuso o han perdido a un ser querido...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Tom Howe as Director of Urban Missions


“It's a blessing to have Tom Howe on the Missions Team,” said Josue Valerio, director of the Missions Team. “Tom is a team player that brings his pastoral giftedness, experience and creativity, and a spiritual leader who trusts that God's Spirit is in the midst of whatever reality we face.&rdquo...

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North Texas Ministry Provides Home, Healing, and Hope for Victims of Sexual Abuse


By Abby Hopkins

Home. A place meant not only for shelter but for shared meals, deep conversations, big dreams, and lots of laughter. A place many are accustomed to, never knowing what it would be like to not have one, or to have one corrupted by abuse.

However, for many children, this is what they are accustomed to. The Poiema Foundation assists those who have faced this reality. It starts by educating the public and raising awareness on sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation...

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A Call to Action and Prayer this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day can provoke a myriad of painful feelings and memories for those who have been abused or lost a loved one.

What if we take February 14 as an opportunity to recognize the pain of those who have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused? What if we see it as an opportunity to serve our hurting sisters and brothers? This doesn’t mean you need to boycott Valentine’s Day, but it might mean inviting a recent widow to dinner with you and your spouse. It might mean extending sacrificial support, sending flowers to a friend going through a divorce, or volunteering at a ministry aiding victims of domestic violence...

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Churches planting churches through the Cooperative Program


First Baptist Church Caldwell, a church established almost 170 years ago, felt a call to reach a largely segment population in their community - cowboys. With the help of Texas Baptists Cooperative Program and community residents, FBC Caldwell helped start Burleson County Cowboy Church, which has become the largest protestant congregation in their rural community. Learn more about how this cowboy church in a cowboy town is fulfilling its purpose to reach lost souls for Christ. 

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´╗┐Pastor Steve Johnson, FBC Caldwell: First Baptist Caldwell has been around for almost 170 years. It's kind of hard for us to step out...

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Texas Baptists welcomes John C. Halton as Senior Consultant of TBMF


We are pleased to have John as a part of the Missions Foundation team. He brings extensive development experience and will be working with donors west to Kerrville and east to College Station. He is a committed Baptist layman with a heart to help people use their resources to make a difference for God's kingdom...

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