Gary Ledbetter

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Texas pastor helps build community bridge with local police

KELLER, Texas (BP) -- A couple of years after Kason Branch planted Creekstone Church in Keller, he had an idea that he believed would improve his community.

SBTC search team recommends Lorick as executive director

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – A committee formed to seek the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s next executive director has unanimously agreed on a candidate. Nathan Lorick, current executive director of the Colorado Baptist General Convention, will be considered during a called board meeting Feb. 21 in Grapevine. Lorick, 39, has served the Colorado convention since 2017 and was evangelism director for the SBTC, from 2012 to 2017, after pastoring two churches in Texas.

Richards anuncia planes para dejar el puesto en el 2021

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) - Jim Richards, director ejecutivo de la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur en Texas (SBTC), anunció su intención de hacer la transición del liderazgo a partir del 31 de diciembre del 2021.

FIRST-PERSON: Hope in things we’ll never see

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – What gives you hope? Our ultimate hope is eternal life in Christ, and that is the best answer to that question. But there are human analogs for ultimate hope – light in the darkness, the protection of a hen for her chicks, a land of milk and honey, the bosom of Abraham, and so on. What in this life, a pure thing, encourages you to put up with the frustrations of the day? 

FIRST-PERSON: God bless America

Though America doesn't always live up to its ideals, those who founded it and kept it through very difficult days have delivered to us a nation that has blessed the world, Gary Ledbetter says.

FIRST-PERSON: Try a little boredom

A productive use of boredom, Gary Ledbetter writes, can alleviate social media restlessness, yielding moments "when you can hear the still, small voice in your head."

FIRST-PERSON: How’s your church doing?

Denominational statistics are important, Gary Ledbetter writes, because "we are connected in our Great Commission work."

FIRST-PERSON: Why attend denominational meetings?

Attending the Southern Baptist Convention, Gary Ledbetter writes, yields opportunities to better understand what "Southern Baptist" means through participation, education, encouragement and fellowship.

FIRST-PERSON: Talking to your children about …

What do you say to children about disturbing news events? Gary Ledbetter suggests, first and foremost, that "children need to know Mom and Dad are dependable and depending on God."

FIRST-PERSON: What will people say?

Gary Ledbetter reflects, "If there are funerals where someone says with wonder, "This guy had 200,000 Twitter followers," I've not attended them. Rather, he notes, "faithfully loving God and loving people is the way to impact those who know you and love you best."