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  • Southern Baptists of Texas celebrate 20th anniversary

    by SBTC Staff, posted Monday, November 19, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    HOUSTON, Texas (BP) -- The 20th anniversary of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention drew more than 1,300 Southern Baptists, including 1,027 messengers, to the SBTC's annual meeting.

    The theme for the milestone anniversary, "Entrusted: A Gospel Legacy for the Coming Generations," came from 2 Timothy 2:2 and opened each session as pastors and denominational leaders preached from 2 Timothy 2-4.

    SBC President J.D. Greear closed out the Nov. 12-13 meeting with a sermon Tuesday night. Read More

  • 'Jesus is worth it,' Greear tells W.Va. Baptists

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (BP) -- Obeying Jesus' command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group's 2018 annual meeting.

    "If you're really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go," Greear said, "and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!"

    Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., focused on four convictions of people who transform the world during the meeting, ... Read More

  • Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    by Ken Walker, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (one month ago)

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    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (BP) -- Soon after West Virginia Baptists passed a resolution last November urging churches to get involved in addressing the opioid crisis, the state's Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association started preliminary planning for a Celebrate Recovery group.

    After five months of leader training, an interdenominational group of churches in the Moundsville area hosted their first Celebrate Recovery meeting in early September. Read More

  • Evangelize 91 counties, Kan.-Neb. Baptists urged

    by Eva Wilson/Baptist Digest, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    PRATT, Kan. (BP) -- Start new ministries in 91 area counties that have no Gospel witness, attendees of the 2018 Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) were urged.

    The meeting was held Oct. 8-9 at First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt, Kan., with the theme "Leading through Change," based on Joshua 1-3.

    KNCSB Executive Director Bob Mills told of counties that don't have a Southern Baptist witness -- 31 counties in Kansas and 60 in Nebraska. Many of these ... Read More

  • Along Harvey's path, churches reflect on 1-year mark

    by Morgan Collier & Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SOUTHEAST TEXAS (BP) -- Hurricane Harvey swept disaster across the Texas Gulf Coast one year ago, first pummeling Rockport and Port Aransas with destructive winds, then stalling over Houston for three days before moving to the Golden Triangle with rainfall of up to 60 inches. Dozens were killed and thousands were displaced.

    Separate gatherings marking the anniversary of the disaster were held at Southern Baptists of Texas Convention churches the final weekend in August, the order of the three commemorations tracking Harvey's path through Rockport, Humble and Beaumont.

    Each event featured hot dogs, snow cones, outdoor games, music and speakers, SBTC Disaster Relief (DR) associate Wally Leverle said in describing the block parties. Read More

  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (one year ago)

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    AUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.

    It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More

  • SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    by Staff/Southern Baptist Texan, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of "Belong," the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's annual meeting was its largest since 2008.

    Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn't have come at a better time than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the most deadly church shooting in American history a week prior in Sutherland Springs. Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists 'all in,' tackle opioid crisis

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (one year ago)

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    FAIRLEA, W.Va. (BP) -- During their annual meeting, West Virginia Baptists were urged to be "all in" through seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the Gospel. Messengers also pledged to battle the state's drug epidemic during the convention's 47th annual meeting.

    During the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) annual meeting -- held Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, W.Va. -- 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings. Read More

  • Tragedy in TX: 26 killed in So. Bapt. church shooting

    by Mark Kelly, posted Sunday, November 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) --- The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Sunday morning (Nov. 5) worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

    The pastor, Frank Pomeroy, and his wife were both out of town when the attack occurred, said Mitch Kolenovsky, a field ministry strategist with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, who contacted Read More

  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. Read More