Repurposing pastoral skills in retirement
by Karl Fickling on September 30, 2016 in faith
Dr. E. L. “Skip” McNeal received the MWD Award (named for Dick Maples, Charles Lee Williamson, and Jan Daehnert) on September 22 for his contributions in interim ministry while serving Texas Baptist churches. Dr. McNeal was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and 11 other family members during a luncheon at the annual Fall Update continuing education event for the Texas Baptists Interim Ministry Network, where the annual award is given.
Dr. McNeal retired after serving for 30 years at First Baptist Church, Sanger. He had also served on the Executive Board of the BGCT, in leadership roles in his association and in helping the BSM at...
Executive board approves 2017 proposed budget, other business for upcoming Annual Meeting
by Kalie Lowrie on September 29, 2016 in news
The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened September 26-27 in Dallas and approved numerous recommendations including the 2017 proposed budget of $36.638 million.
Gerald Caldwell, chair of the Finance Committee, and Jill Larsen, Texas Baptists’ CFO, presented the estimated $29.6 million in Cooperative Program giving and $4.4 million in investment income to the board. The estimate is based on a predicted $1.4 million reduction in Cooperative Program giving and a slight decrease in investments due to a drop in oil prices. The proposed budget also included $1.3 million to be allocated to Cooperative...
George C. Marshall & the importance of self-mastery
by Ferrell Foster on September 28, 2016 in clc
I wonder today how many Americans are familiar with the name and exploits of one of the greatest persons of the 20th century – George C. Marshall.
Marshall orchestrated one of the greatest military victories of history – World War II -- and then shaped one of the greatest achievements of peace after the war with what came to be known as the Marshall Plan. In essence, Marshall led in the defeat of America’s enemies and then built them back into friends. Truly astonishing!
The New York Times columnist David Brooks highlights Marshall in one chapter of his book, The Road to Character. The chapter on Marshall is titled...
How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 2
by Guest Author on September 27, 2016 in great commandment
Morgan Little shares about a partnership Tarleton State University BSM has created with Northwest Collegiate Ministries to reach the lost in the Northwest region of the United States. To read more on this partnership, click here.
Tarleton has begun a 2025 vision. Their prayer is that over the next ten years 20 Tarleton graduates will move to the northwest after graduation to work among college students. Their prayer is that in 10 years they will be able to mark 20 northwest campuses from the unengaged campus list because of Tarleton BSM graduates. There are currently three Tarleton students preparing to move to the northwest after...
Texas Baptist Mission Foundation awards $242,000 in ministry grants
by Kalie Lowrie on September 26, 2016 in news
DALLAS - The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation has awarded $242,000 in grants to be used for ministry by Texas Baptists ministry staff in 2017.
In August, the TBMF Council considered and approved 28 grant requests, funded by undesignated donor gifts, to be used for ministry projects by Texas Baptists, Texas Baptist Men and WMU of Texas.
“We are so thankful for our donors and their generosity,” said Bill Arnold, president of the Foundation, “These grants help fund new and creative ways of ministry that could not otherwise happen.”
Projects range from small church scholarships for church architecture consultations to Disaster...
¡CUMPLIMOS 20 AÑOS!
by Ali Hearon on September 23, 2016 in clc espanol
¡Cumplimos 20 años! Salir de la adolescencia significa que ustedes, iglesias e individuos que ofrendan, nos han ayudado a crecer y a madurar.
Es asombroso ver en retrospectiva las dos décadas en las que la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas ha ayudado a superar la pobreza. En esos 20 años se han recolectado más de 15 millones de dólares para ayudar a personas a alimentar a sus familias.
Así que ahora estamos listos para celebrar como familia bautista tejana, y usted está cordialmente invitado.
• Qué: Una comida para celebrar el 20o aniversario
• Quién: ¡Usted! y sus amigos de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre...
DARLE LA MANO A AQUELLOS EN ESPAÑA QUE SUFREN NECESIDAD
by Kalie Lowrie on September 23, 2016 in clc espanol
Ali Hearon, especialista en Ministerios de Cuidado y Prevención del Hambre, y yo recientemente regresamos de un viaje a España durante el cual visitamos a nuestros colaboradores en la
en Barcelona y en Dénia. Para leer más historias sobre la Ofrenda contra el Hambre en acción, lea
Mientras Oretta menea la enorme olla de sopa, casi tan grande como ella, nos compartió de su niñez en Italia, donde aprendió a cocinar para grupos grandes de personas. Oretta ha vivido en Dénia, España, por...
How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 1
by Guest Author on September 22, 2016 in great commandment
In June of 2015, Clayton Bullion, the BSM Director at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, and his wife Bethany ventured to Portland, Oregon to visit five of their Go Now Missionaries who were serving with the Northwest Collegiate Ministries (NCM) for the summer.
“Our hope was to encourage our team, visit as many campuses as we could, and get a ‘feel’ for college ministry there and see if there was anything we could do to help,” Clayton said. “We were not prepared for what we encountered.”
From Seattle, Washington, down to Eugene, Oregon, they visited 12 campuses and realized that hundreds of thousands of university...
Hunger Offering turns 20!
by Ali Hearon on September 20, 2016 in clc
We’re 20 years old! Being out of our teens means that you -- churches and individuals who give -- have helped us grow and mature.
As we look back at two decades of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helping people overcome poverty, it is astonishing. In those 20 years, more than $15 million have been raised to help people feed their families and get out of poverty.
So now, we are ready to celebrate as a Texas Baptist family and you are invited.
- What: 20th Anniversary Hunger Luncheon
- Who: You! And our Hunger Offering friends -- churches, past and present CLC staff (with a special video hello from Suzii Paynter), and
‘LOS BAUTISTAS SE OPONEN A LA CONSTITUCIÓN’ –LO QUE PUDO HABER SIDO
by Guest Author on September 19, 2016 in clc espanol
Por William M. Pinson, Jr.
“LOS BAUTISTAS SE OPONEN A LA CONSTITUCIÓN” pudo haber sido el encabezado de los periódicos en 1787.
¿Por qué los bautistas se opusieron rotundamente a la recientemente diseñada Constitución de los Estados Unidos de América? En pocas palabras, porque el documento no proveía una garantía de libertad religiosa, creencia muy apreciada por los bautistas.
En los primeros días de la llegada de los europeos a América, la libertad religiosa prácticamente no existía. La persecución a causa de puntos de vista religiosos opuestos a las iglesias subvencionadas por el gobierno se extendió y agravó en la mayoría de...
Los bonos educativos son una amenaza a la libertad religiosa
by Kathryn Freeman on September 19, 2016 in clc espanol
Los legisladores de Texas tienen una serie de reuniones entre las sesiones legislativas para revisar propuestas de ley previamente aprobadas y para examinar problemas potenciales en la legislación de las próximas sesiones. El miércoles 14 de septiembre, el Comité del Senado sobre Educación se reunió para discutir varias propuestas sobre opciones de escuelas que desviarían fondos públicos de las escuelas públicas a instituciones educativas privadas. Históricamente la Comisión se ha opuesto a los bonos educativos debido a preocupaciones al respecto de la libertad religiosa y la desigualdad educativa.
“Bautistas, siempre y en todo...
How Much Battery Do You Have?
by Joe Loughlin on September 15, 2016 in faith
How much battery charge does your phone have? Go ahead. Take a quick peek. I just started the day, so mine’s at 96%. Yours?
Now, what about your spiritual battery? Running a little low? Sometimes, I think it would be so much easier if we had some sort of gauge we could peek at, discreetly of course, to see what kind of spiritual charge or reserve we are working with.
With the recent news that yet another high-profile pastor has exited the work due to fatigue, exhaustion and burnout, we are reminded how vulnerable those in ministry leadership are to wearing out early.
But, I think I should be honest here--vulnerable? susceptible?...
Brief thoughts on restoration
by Elizabeth Biedrzycki on September 15, 2016 in innovation
Good Brunches are a series of conversations developed by an organization called Matryoshka Haus. Their purpose is to draw a diverse group of people around a common table to talk about meaningful things in healthy ways. The blog post below references the conversation that took place during the San Antonio Good Brunches around the topic of restoration. Click here to read the intro post for Good Brunches.
- Brokenness mended.
- Illness healed.
- Dirty cleaned.
- Destruction rebuilt.
- Lost returned.
- Depraved redeemed.
- Weak reinforced.
- Uselessness given purpose.
The above are some initial thoughts on restoration. They sound...
Vouchers pose a threat to religious liberty
by Kathryn Freeman on September 14, 2016 in public policy
During the time between legislative sessions, the Texas legislators have a series of committee meetings to review previously passed legislation and examine potential legislative issues for the upcoming session. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Senate Committee on Education met to discuss various school choice proposals that would divert public funds from public schools to private educational institutions. Historically, the CLC has opposed vouchers over religious liberty and educational inequality concerns.
As Dr. Pinson noted in “Baptists Oppose the Constitution,” religious freedom is central to our identity as Baptists. Vouchers...
'Baptists Oppose Constitution' -- what might have been
by Guest Author on September 14, 2016 in clc
By William M. Pinson, Jr.
“BAPTISTS OPPOSE CONSTITUTION” could have been the headlines of a newspaper in 1787.
Why did Baptists strongly oppose the newly drafted Constitution of the United States of America? In brief, because the document failed to provide a guarantee for religious freedom, a belief cherished by Baptists.
From the earliest days of the settlement of America by Europeans, religious freedom was practically non-existent. Persecution for religious views contrary to those of government-supported churches was widespread and severe in most of the thirteen colonies. Although few in number, the Baptists in those...
Following your passions
by Guest Author on September 14, 2016 in ministers spouses
“Why would a 52-year-old Pastor’s wife from El Paso, Texas with four grown daughters want to live in Paris for six months?”
This is a question that was asked by our parishioners before I began an Internship at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, four years ago for my graduate studies in Applied Linguistics and French Language.
“Is pursuing passions outside of the church activities okay for pastors’ wives?”
I believe that all true passion is rooted in being created in the image of God. A passion from God would never contradict Biblical teaching, must have the support and approval of your husband and family and is a part of fulfilling...
LAS COMIDAS DESPUÉS DE LA ESCUELA SON IMPORTANTES PARA LOS NIÑOS, Y LAS IGLESIAS PUED
by por autor invitado on September 9, 2016 in clc espanol
Por Rubén Sánchez
El verano ya terminó y el regreso a clases dio inicio. En Texas, esto significa que comienza la temporada de futbol americano, las temperaturas empiezan a bajar y muchos niños todavía no tienen acceso adecuado a alimentos.
En Texas uno de cada cuatro niños sufren de escasez de alimento; esto significa que una cuarta parte de los niños de Texas viven en hogares en donde es posible que tengan que saltarse una comida o tomar decisiones difíciles, como decidir entre comprar alimentos o útiles escolares para el inicio del nuevo año escolar (una historia de la vida real que me compartieron recientemente).
EL HAMBRE ES UN PROBLEMA DE SALUD PARA LOS NIÑOS DE TEXAS
by Por Autor Invitado on September 9, 2016 in clc espanol
Por Betsy Kerrigan
A los niños de hoy en día se les ha acortado la vida. Mientras que la opinión académica varía sobre las expectativas de vida, todos reconocen que la duración y calidad de vida están cambiando debido a enfermedades crónicas asociadas con la dieta alimenticia.
Desafortunadamente no es de sorprender que los niños en Texas padezcan de enfermedades relacionadas con la dieta alimenticia a una tasa más alta (y a menor edad) que en el pasado. El comienzo temprano de condiciones relacionadas con la dieta alimenticia como la obesidad está causando muchos problemas de salud que los niños generalmente no sufren, tales como...
Hunger is a health problem for Texas children
by Guest Author on September 8, 2016 in hunger and poverty
By Betsy Kerrigan
Children today are being robbed of time. While academic opinions vary about life expectancy, they all acknowledge that our length and quality of life is shifting due to chronic illnesses associated with diet.
It is unfortunately no surprise that Texas children are suffering from diet-related disease at a higher rate (and younger) than they have in the past. The early onset of diet-related conditions like obesity is bringing about many health problems that children do not typically suffer, such as type-two diabetes and high blood pressure.
These high rates of diet-related disease are clearly related to the 26...
Afterschool meals important for students, and churches can help
by Guest Author on September 8, 2016 in clc
By Ruben Sanchez
The summer is over and school is back in session. In Texas, that means football is kicking off, temperatures are dropping, and many kids still don’t have adequate access to food.
In Texas, one in four children is food insecure. This means a fourth of the children in Texas live in households that may have to skip a meal or make a difficult choice like deciding between buying food or buying school supplies for the start of a new school year (a true story recently told to me).
Ensuring children have access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week is a daunting task. Schools across the state are making...
Rice BSM students spend Labor Day weekend assisting with disaster relief in Louisiana
by Guest Author on September 7, 2016 in great commandment
Over Labor Day weekend, we took six students from Rice University to Baton Rouge to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief work to begin rebuilding homes from the recent flooding. The team was mostly compiled of students that had never really hung out together, and some I barely knew.
When we started talking we all learned that none of us had ever been involved in a mission trip like this or ever worked with disaster relief. Personally, I had never done anything like this and had no idea what to expect. We were told that we would be mudding out houses, but I assumed it wouldn’t be too hard.
When we got to the first house the next...
EL DÍA DEL TRABAJO NOS AYUDA A VER EL TRABAJO DESDE UNA PERSPECTIVA CRISTIANA
by Guest Author on September 2, 2016 in clc espanol
Por Bill Tillman
El Día del Trabajo es una novedad y un concepto paradójico, o por lo menos es lo que piensan muchos estadounidenses. La fecha en que se celebra, el primer lunes de septiembre, tiene un origen ambiguo. El razonamiento detrás de esta celebración fue que el trabajador norteamericano debía ser reconocido por los logros económicos y culturales que trajo consigo el movimiento laboral nacional hace más de 100 años.
La paradoja es que, ¡no se trabaja en el Día del Trabajo! Es un día festivo para muchos trabajadores en los Estados Unidos. Los cristianos podrían ofrecer algunas perspectivas en cuanto a este día de asueto...
CWJC (Corporación Femenil Laboral) PROMUEVE AUTOESTIMA Y AUTOSUFICIENCIA EN ABILENE
by Ali Hearon on September 2, 2016 in clc espanol
En el 2014, Brandy decidió hacer un cambio. “Sabía que necesitaba hacer algo diferente después de que accidentalmente tomé más medicamento del que debía tomar”, dijo. “Pude haber muerto; fue entonces cuando mi novio y yo decidimos hacer algo al respecto”.
Brandy supo de la organización CWJB en Abilene por una amiga de su iglesia que la invitó a una de las clases semanales de entrenamiento laboral.
CWJC ayuda a mujeres a tomar pasos hacia la autosuficiencia en sus hogares al ofrecerles entrenamiento para la vida diaria, para encontrar empleo, y les ofrece apoyo comunitario y emocional. Como ministerio de la Unión Femenil...
Texas Baptists urged to support state missions; meet $4 million Mary Hill Davis Offering goal
by Kalie Lowrie on September 1, 2016 in news
The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering will be held September 11-18, 2016. With a statewide goal of $4 million, the offering will go to support missions endeavors around Texas through strategic ministry partnerships.
David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists, is urging churches to support the offering. “I’m asking each church to double their gift to the Mary Hill Davis Offering this year,” Hardage said. “The work of the Mary Hill Davis Offering sends and supports our state-wide missionaries. As we engage a changing culture with new and different challenges, we need to work together to...
Texas Baptists Chaplain Leading Louisiana Flood Relief Effort
by Eric Whitmore on September 1, 2016 in great commandment
Editor’s note: To learn more about how Texas Baptists are partnering to help Louisiana flood victims through long-term Disaster Recovery efforts, click here.
“The devastation in Livingston Parish is overwhelming.” Bob Page reflected on the destruction as he stood in the middle of a neighborhood in Denham Springs, Louisiana. The city and surrounding areas were all but destroyed in the wake of historic flooding of the Amite River.
A 42-year Air Force veteran and retired Texas Baptist Chaplain, Brigadier General Page said he had never seen anything like this. “It’s deeply disturbing and breaks my heart.” Thirteen people are known...