July 2018


New convention officers look forward to unity, sharing Christ


"This year will be all about unity and sharing the Gospel," said newly-elected President Michael Evans. "We do that from our different platforms, different places and different faces, but the bottom line is Jesus. He binds us together."  ...

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Gateway to family ministry


Somewhere in my church life I got the idea that children’s ministry is on the back burner, and all the focus should be on adults and youth...I have been terribly wrong. ...

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World-changing relationships are built with healthy conversations


I hold to a pretty radical belief. I believe relationships can change the world and selfless, meaningful, healthy conversations can change relationships. And I believe the opposite to be true, as well. Relationships can destroy the world and selfish, empty, unhealthy conversations can damage relationships.

We live in a time when relationships are often built upon transactional, self-serving motives. And when so many conversations take place online or via electronic devices -- giving a false impression of community and relational fortitude -- our commitment to being thoughtful about such things should be flourishing and not dwindling.

Our cultural vehicles of conversation are computers and phones powered by data plans and wifi. Using these, it is easy for conversations to be merely talking void of listening. We have the power to share our opinions without recognition of the impact (negative or positive) we have made on the person staring back at their own screen. This reality is creating a generation of advocates who care deeply about causes, yet who are not necessarily being taught to listen deeply to the hearts of others. I say this as one overcoming that generational hurdle myself.

Navigating an increasingly polarized society in our country has proven messy for the church. Overly politicized and commercialized issues are the drivers for our forums, even for Christians, heightening the danger of neglected relationships. And, therefore, perpetuating intrinsic systemic issues in our culture.

But what if our power structures and communities were renewed by the example of the Trinity, where mutuality and communion bind individuals together? What would change about our neighborhoods, boardrooms, city halls, and churches? What would change about our social, economic, political, and family systems?...

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The true meaning of missions


When we talk about doing missions, surely many of us think of going somewhere far from home, preaching the Gospel to a lot of people or having a place with a big crowd surrounding us and telling them about Jesus...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Dr. Steve Mullen as Director of Theological Education


Dr. Steve Mullen joined the Texas Baptists staff this summer as the new Director of Theological Education. In his role with Texas Baptists, Mullen will plan and coordinate the work of the Theological Education Council; oversee the ministerial financial assistance program; and build bridges among churches, educational institutions and the convention, among other responsibilities...

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A Parking Tax on churches? No, it’s not a new Monopoly rule.


If the only certain things in life are death and taxes, then changes to the tax laws should be considered almost as certain...

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Bouncers Leave a Lasting Impact in Rockport, TX


Today marks the end of the final Bounce Summer 2018 Mission! It’s been a good week in the Rockport area as Bouncers finish up their projects. This week 250 students from eleven churches helped to rebuild the Rockport community...

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Are You Getting Ready for 2018 MHDO?


As I was thinking of our Mary Hill Davis Offering theme this year, I typed into my phone the words, “Speak Out for Jesus”. It brought up a poem with that very name by an unknown poet. It began by saying...

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Bouncers are Challenged to be Witnesses for Christ


Randy Beggs, the Worship Speaker, has been leading students through Acts. Beggs has been focusing challenging Bouncers to rethink what it means to be a witness for Christ. On Tuesday evening, Beggs explained to Bouncers that being a witness for Christ can be awkward, because the world’s purposes are different than Christ’s purposes. On Thursday evening Beggs challenged students to be a witness for Christ anytime, anywhere and to anyone...

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Bounce Student Volunteers Count the Cost


On a hot and humid July day, a group of Bounce Student Volunteers arrived at Ms. Longoria’s home willing to repair her roof for free. The students were not merely offering Ms. Longoria their labor at no cost to her, but they had actually raised $279 to participate in Bounce for the week! A week of their summer and $279 per student seemed like a small price to pay when the students realized that Ms. Longoria would not have been able to receive help any other way...

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The Legacy of Super Summer Continues


Since its inception in 1974, Super Summer started not as a camp, but as a week of training students in evangelism to know and share the Gospel. Over the decades, many things have changed, but the vision of Super Summer remains focused on teaching students to know and share the Gospel. ...

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Finding healing in the Middle East


In having to dig up repressed emotions and scabbed wounds, Father has shown me it’s best to not leave them that way. He’s had to take me on a journey in order to bring those emotions to surface and teach me to fully trust, to live fully redeemed and complete in Him...

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Bouncers Help Rebuild the Rockport Community


Bouncers were sent out to their work sites in Rockport, TX this morning! Aaron Austin, one of the Mission Coordinators, led the students in a commissioning prayer before the students began their first day of work...

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Bouncers Bring Relief to Rockport, TX


The eye of Hurricane Harvey passed over Rockport, TX in August 2017 leaving behind a trail of destruction. The Lord is faithful to gather these students and volunteers through Bounce to be his hands and feet, to help rebuild the Rockport community. While the students will be offering the Rockport community relief by rebuilding homes, students will also be going to their work sites with the word, that is the hope of salvation through Christ...

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Hunger Offering cultivates crops, community, church in Democratic Republic of the Congo


By Jaclyn R. Bonner

In a country where severe food insecurity increased by 30 percent last year, affecting 7.7 million people, imagine reducing chronic malnutrition among the most vulnerable -- pregnant women, children under 5 years old, and the elderly -- and creating food security for rural communities in one of the world’s least developed countries.*

These solutions do not come easily. Problems are complex in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is the second largest country in Africa and ranked seventh on the 2017 Fragile States Index.* Despite the nation’s instability and broken structures, the local church and leaders in the region have a vision for their people.

Deep in the heart of fertile Eastern DRC, 430 churches from three provinces are coming together to bolster a sustainable farming endeavor -- permaculture. Permaculture is an agricultural practice designed to break the cycle of poverty by diversifying crops, increasing control over production, and generating more income. ...

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Eastern European classes teach more than English


Once I realized God was doing this on purpose, I tried to discern the best course of action to continue sharing with Ned effectively. ...

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Homeowners Accept Christ in Victoria, TX


Homeowner Lee Garcia accepted Christ on Tuesday morning after hearing the gospel from one of the students who was repairing his roof. He said that he experienced the love of Christ through the students who were working on his home. Lee explained that he wanted to know more about living by faith so that he could teach his family the same...

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Finding La Mano de Dios in Soccer


La Mano de Dios, a group of soccer tournaments across Texas, introduces the Gospel to soccer players and their families...

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10 reasons for a will


Bill Arnold, president of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, presents 10 important reasons for creating a will...

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So all may hear along the Amazon


Twenty-eight Texans partnered with MAP missionaries along the Amazon River to share the Gospel and strengthen the ongoing work in Brazil...

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BOUNCE students bring hope to Houston after Harvey


After months of hopelessness following the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, Houston homeowner Gaye Stephens was shown compassion and joy for the first time through middle and high school students...

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The transforming power of God in prisons


Prisoners lives are being transformed as their fellow inmates are living out the call of the Great Commission to start ‘Philippi Churches.&rsquo...

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El poder transformador de dios en las prisiones


Las Iglesias Filipos son grupos de presos que se reúnen para orar, adorar y testificar del amor y el poder de Dios dentro de las prisiones...

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Bouncers Worship in Victoria, TX


Bouncers have been hard at work in Victoria, TX repairing homes that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Bouncers stay at their worksites from 7am to 4pm and then return back to Northside Baptist Church for dinner and worship. Worship Speaker Casey Cockrell has been teaching the students about the power of the Holy Spirit. During worship Casey has explained how the gospel has gone viral through the power of the Holy Spirit. Videos go viral because people see them and identify them. In the same way, the gospel can go viral when others see the church in action and resonate with what they are doing; the work that students are doing in Victoria, TX this week is a great example of that!...

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Sharing the Gospel through the World Cup


Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I come from? When will I feel satisfied? How can I know truth? These were the kind of questions I asked myself the year before my first year of college, not knowing that all these questions were about to be answered by someone greater than I, the One whose existence I dedicated myself to disproof. How naive was I?...

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Homeowner's Hope in Christ Encourages Bouncers


The Green Wiffle Team comprised of students from Stoneburg Baptist Church, Acton Baptist Church, and McGehee First Baptist Church, is repairing the roof on Ms. Lula Carroll’s home. Due to high velocity winds and rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Lula Carroll’s roof is severely damaged. When the Team arrived at Ms. Lula Carroll’s home earlier this week they discovered that the beams in her kitchen ceiling had begun to rot, and the roof was held up by the kitchen cabinets. Ms. Lula Carroll said that every time it rained she would set several buckets in her kitchen and then later, empty out at least ten gallons of water from the buckets...

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Understanding the one true God in Taiwan


I shared with some students about how my parents encouraged me to find truth, which that lead to me to following Jesus. It led to some good conversation about truth and choosing to follow Jesus and I thought, "Alright God. Thank you for letting me talk about my parents and their value of truth in our family...

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Bouncers Restore Hope by Rebuilding Roofs


Bouncer’s headed out to their work sites for the first time today after a commissioning prayer led by Shawn Edwards, the Mission Coordinator. Bouncers were sent out to their roofing projects in Victoria just minutes away from Northside Baptist Church, where students are being housed this week...

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EL BUEN ‘SAMARITANO’ LE MUESTRA COMPASIÓN A TODOS POR IGUAL


Todos sabemos el valor de los buenos vecinos. Los buenos nos hacen la vida más amena; los malos nos causan estrés constantemente.

Jesús nos mandó amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos, pero él no se refería a los que nosotros consideramos nuestro prójimo; de hecho, él se refería a todo lo contrario.

Un hombre le preguntó a Jesús: “¿Quién es mi prójimo? Jesús le respondió contándole la historia del buen samaritano y le preguntó cuál de los tres hombres en la historia –el sacerdote, el levita o el samaritano—probó ser un buen prójimo del hombre que había caído en manos de ladrones?”

El hombre que había hecho la pregunta respondió: “El que le mostró compasión al hombre herido”.

Los judíos de ese tiempo no hubieran llamado prójimo al samaritano, pero Jesús sí porque el samaritano mostró compasión y suplió las necesidades de la víctima del robo.

Desde la perspectiva de Jesús, el prójimo es cualquier persona que ayuda a alguien en necesidad; alguien que muestra compasión. En otras palabras, no es solo el vecino de al lado; es cualquier persona. Es como si Jesús hubiera anticipado un mundo conectado globalmente en el que estuviéramos al tanto de las personas que sufren no solo en los caminos por los que andamos sino en todas las comunicaciones que entablamos...

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Dallas Ethiopian church plant making disciples and glorifying God


Born out of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Dallas, a church that ministers to immigrant families residing in Texas, Pathway Dallas is focused on loving the next generation of Ethiopian believers.  In order to accomplish this, a specific pastor was needed - one that deeply understood both Ethiopian and modern American culture. Nebiye Kelile was that pastor...

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Bouncers Join the Ongoing Disaster Recovery Effort in Victoria, TX


Bouncers arrived in Victoria, TX today for the 4th Bounce Mission this summer! So far, Bounce has mobilized hundreds of students who have engaged in disaster recovery work all across Texas. The community of Victoria is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and several houses have suffered from wind damage. Because of this, all of the students this week will be repairing roofs. Bouncers will be staying at Northside Baptist Church, they same church that housed the Texas Baptist Men last August. Among the first responders, the Texas Baptist Men engaged in disaster relief work in Victoria, TX immediately after Hurricane Harvey. This week, Bouncers have the opportunity to continue in the ongoing disaster recovery effort and to follow in the footsteps of the Texas Baptist Men who went before them. ...

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FBC Dallas Senior James Hardin wins 2018 National Speakers’ Tournament


James Hardin of First Baptist Dallas won this year’s National Invitational Speakers’ Tournament, held on June 14-15 at Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Josh Britton of First Baptist Church of Allen also competed in the High School Bible Drill portion of the tournament while Joseph Stalcup of First Baptist Church Breckenridge competed in Youth Bible Drill...

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TBMF to honor Griffin, Evans, FBC Tyler at Annual Luncheon


The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation (TBMF) will be honoring Suzanne Griffin, Michael Evans and the First Baptist Church of Tyler for their exceptional work and commitment in missions at the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon, Monday, July 30, 2018, during the Texas Baptists Family Gathering in Arlington....

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Divine Encounters in East Asia


My prayer is that whatever shame or fear they have in either their society or family, would be washed away, that God would find His way into their hearts and give them a willingness to run to Him and not look back. I ask that they wouldn’t just hear the good news, but understand it so that one day they will be the ones bearing a hundredfold and sixtyfold. ...

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Navigating a rebuilding year at church


After 23 years in ministry, I find churches are still struggling to win. It seems that many are in rebuilding decades attempting to reach the evasive younger generation. For 40 years we have been chasing the young families in our communities. Yet, when we do the data mining in our records, we find that we are still not getting them en masse...

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Basketball and building up the faith


By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer

Most men love sports. And competition. It’s what makes basketball one of the best avenues to draw them closer to God.

Texas Baptist Men (TBM) has been capitalizing on that knowledge for almost 50 years through the Royal Ambassadors program.

“Local churches use RA to enlist men and boys to learn basketball and compete,” said Keith Mack, children and youth mission and state Royal Ambassadors and Challenges director. “It also gives them the opportunity to evangelize. It opens doors to disciple young men and help them grow in their walk in faith and testimony.”

Mack said the Royal...

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