vol 5 issue 4 feature
Making missions possible through Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarships
by Analiz G. Schremmer on July 13, 2017 in faith
Any student who has benefitted from a scholarship knows what an enormous difference it can make. When that scholarship funds a mission trip, the outcome can be eternal.
Luis Juarez was once the recipient of a Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarship. Today, he is currently Director of Missions and Ministries at Baptist University of the Americas (BUA) and is able to see the impact that the scholarship continues to have in the lives of students.
“This scholarship makes mission work possible for a lot of students,” Juarez said. “Without it, they wouldn’t be able to experience missions and receive funding for their...
Thank you for investing in future generations
by Guest Author on July 13, 2017 in great commandment
By Katie Burkhead
Thank you, Texas Baptists!
When I think of my experience at the University of Texas at Austin, I think of more than my major, my classes, the all-nighters I’ve pulled and the stress I have endured. I always think of my time at the Baptist Student Ministry and how God has used the people there to shape me, challenge me, encourage me and help me pursue God with all that I am. As a young freshman, I (naively) thought that I was following Jesus pretty well and that this was how I would follow Him for the rest of my life. After all, I had been raised in the church, read my Bible most days and went on trips with my...
Being an industrious pastor
by Danny Reeves on July 13, 2017 in faith
An oxymoron is the combination of contradictory words that have been linked together.
You probably already know a few of these such as jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, working vacation, or humble Texan, but have you ever considered this one? Lazy pastor.
There is no doubt that a healthy church is not possible with an unhealthy pastor or a lazy pastor. So as a fellow pastor within the Texas Baptists family, I want to take this subject head on with you and encourage the idea of being an industrious pastor.
I want to talk about three principles that pastors must adopt to be diligent and not lazy. First, pastors have to remember that God...
Training DBU business students to serve in the marketplaces of the world
by Ross O’Brien, Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in great commandment
By Ross O’Brien, Ph.D.Director, Center for Business as MissionDallas Baptist University
It has become apparent that too many Christians in the business world believe they are an auxiliary to mission work. They think of themselves as providing means and finances, but they rarely view themselves as missionaries.
Jesus’ commandments to serve others in Matthew 25 and to make disciples among all peoples in Matthew 28 were not directed solely to those employed by churches or mission agencies.
Incredibly, all followers of Jesus have the privilege and responsibility of serving God in these ways, and He has equipped each one of us...
A Report from the Texas Capitol
by Kathryn Freeman on July 13, 2017 in clc
After 140 days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session has ended and even though a special session will begin on July 18 several important bills were passed over the last five months.
Religious liberty concerns topped the list of Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission priorities. The CLC helped lead efforts to protect religious conscience rights of faith-based child welfare agencies. HB 3859 protects the rights of religious child welfare agencies to place children in homes consistent with their religious beliefs about the best environment for raising children.
Additionally, the CLC helped stop bills that would have preempted...