Texas Baptists welcome Dustin Payne as new Church Starter for Area 3
by Kirsten McKimmey on May 21, 2018 in news
Texas Baptists welcomes Dustin Payne as the New Church starter for Area 3 in Southeast Texas including Katy, Houston, Galveston, Beaumont and College Station...
Texas Baptists response to Santa Fe High School shooting
by Texas Baptists Communications on May 18, 2018 in press releases
Friday morning, May 18, a gunman shot and killed 9 students and 1 teacher at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.
Ernest Dagohoy, Texas Baptists Area Representative for the Houston area, has been in contact with several church leaders and the association in that area. He is providing convention resources and support in the aftermath of the shooting.
David Hardage, Texas Baptists executive director, said, “Today’s shooting in Santa Fe is heartbreaking. Violence at school, the home, and the workplace is a direct contradiction to God’s word and way. We are earnestly praying for all those affected.”
John Newton, pastor of First...
Murphy v. NCAA: Is Sports Gambling Coming to Texas?
by Guest Author on May 18, 2018 in clc
By Caleb Seibert
In a landmark decision Monday entitled Murphy v. NCAA, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act (PASPA), a law that effectively eliminated legal sports betting in most states around the country for 25 years.
The case pitted the State of New Jersey (Gov. Philip Murphy) against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and three professional sports leagues.
The court found that the law violated the “anti-commandeering” principle drawn from the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. This principle holds that Congress may pass laws that must be upheld by states, but it may not issue direct orders to state governments requiring them to take certain state legislative action.
This decision does not immediately legalize sports betting across the country, but it does allow states to legalize such activity in their state if they wish to do so.
As for the effect in Texas, Rob Kohler, a Christian Life Commission consultant, says, "The recent decision by the Supreme Court regarding gambling on sporting events really has no effect on the current gambling regulations in the State of Texas.” The current leadership of Texas has repeatedly rejected efforts to expand gambling in our state. Kohler concludes: “it will however, energize proponents of this, and other forms of gambling expansion in Texas in the upcoming legislative session in January 2019...
A Surprise Call
by Guest Author on May 18, 2018 in culture
I was surprised when I got a call out of the blue from movie producers at Pure Flix asking if they could make a feature film based on my book, “The Case for Christ.”After all, my book had been published nearly two decades earlier...
Dr. Phil Christopher presented with honorary doctorate at HSU’s graduation
by Guest Author on May 16, 2018 in partner news
Dr. Phil Christopher, Abilene’s First Baptist Church pastor, was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree for his amazing influence on thousands of lives during his more than 40 years of ministry...
Q&A on Cowboy Church culture in Texas
by Brandi Jones on May 16, 2018 in profiles
We sat down with Jason Bryant, Western Heritage Consultant and Church Starter, to talk about Cowboy Church culture in Texas. Enjoy reading what we found out!...
Texas Baptists partners with NBCA to host Annual Tent Revival in Dallas
by Kirsten McKimmey on May 14, 2018 in news
The National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. held their Annual Tent Revival from April 23-26 at East Gate Baptist Church in Dallas. This was the first year for Texas Baptists to partner with the NBCA to help host this event...
BSM medical students provide medical screenings and ministry in Houston
by Kirsten McKimmey on May 14, 2018 in great commission
This Easter, a community was drawn together through the partnership of four different organizations to meet physical and spiritual needs in an underserved Houston Hispanic community...
Results of Kindling a Gospel Movement
by Guest Author on May 10, 2018 in great commission
Several years ago, our church began an evangelism equipping emphasis called, “Can We Talk?” As pastor there, I was discouraged by the limited number of Gospel conversations happening outside the walls of our church...
Do child sponsorship programs really work?
by Guest Author on May 8, 2018 in great commandment
Food. Water. Shelter. All things that most of us would agree are at the most basic level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Yet many people spend their lives without the assurance of these necessities. ...
EL COMPROMISO MATRIMONIAL PRODUCE GOZO; EL ADULTERIO, TRISTEZA
by Ferrell Foster on May 7, 2018 in clc espanol
Recientemente hablé en una clase universitaria y al comienzo dije algo que no planeaba decir. Fue más o menos así:
“Tengo 38 años de casado y ojalá más personas supieran lo maravilloso que es compartir la mayor parte de la vida con la misma persona. Mi esposa y yo nos conocemos de una manera que solo el tiempo puede hacer posible”.
No fue mucho lo que dije, pero fue la celebración de años de amor y compromiso. Después, pasé a otros temas. Al final de la clase pregunté qué era lo que más les había llamado la atención de mi presentación. Algunos mencionaron la “rueda de la vida cristiana” que desarrollé, pero una mujer dijo: “Lo que usted dijo sobre su matrimonio”.
Desde entonces, Trese y yo hemos celebrado nuestro 39o aniversario en el restaurant Oasis frente al lago Travis—un hermoso lugar, en una noche romántica con mi amada esposa. Me dirijo a ella como Reina Trese y a mis hijas como ‘princesas’ (a nuestros hijos varones no los llamamos ‘príncipes’; eso parece raro).
Espero que de algún modo lo dicho hasta aquí refleje algo de la belleza del matrimonio. No se engañe: Trese y yo hemos tenido nuestros desacuerdos, y algunos han durado años, pero son más las cosas que nos unen que las que nos separan; sin embargo, hoy día el matrimonio en general está en crisis. Muchas personas viven juntas sin estar casadas, y muchas otras han roto sus votos matrimoniales de fidelidad sexual...
“RECIBIDAS CON ESPERANZA”: MINISTERIO EN EL NORTE DE TEXAS EMPODERA Y SIRVE A MADRES
by Guest Author on May 7, 2018 in clc espanol
Por Abby Hopkins
En el 2017, 123 mujeres jóvenes habían considerado someterse a un aborto en el momento que se toparon con un ministerio en Decatur. Después de recibir ayuda del Wise Choices Pregnancy Care Center (Centro de Cuidado durante el Embarazo Elecciones Sabias, en español), 103 de quienes “pensaban abortar” eligieron no hacerlo, y la Ofrenda contra el Hambre juega un papel al servicio de estas familias.
“Estas madres jóvenes son unas heroínas. Elegir amar a sus hijos en medio de la dificultad: eso es la maternidad”, afirmó Connie Wyatt, Directora de Wise Choices, un ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas que busca empoderar a las familias durante el embarazo y el primer año de vida del bebé al darles esperanza.
“Las recibimos en el punto en el que se encuentran y cuando deciden no abortar, no están solas”, dijo Wyatt...
Online Student Reaches Longtime Goal Through HBU
by Guest Author on May 4, 2018 in faith
“Back then, my main focus was not excelling,” she said. “But this time is different. Houston Baptist University has really changed that for me. I want the ‘gold medal’ this time.&rdquo...
Congreso urges youth to pursue God’s call
by Guest Author on May 1, 2018 in news
As Victoria Lopez shared her testimony, members of the crowd dabbed their eyes to wipe away tears. The 16-year-old told the crowd of approximately 3,200 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, that she continues to look to God while fighting cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic lung disease. She said through all her hospital stays, infections and surgeries, she has relied on God for help...