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North Texas pastor nominated for Dove Awards

CELINA, Texas (BP) – The Gospel Music Association’s 51st annual Dove Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Christian music looked different from previous years, with organizers foregoing an in-person event because of COVID-19. 

Faith-based crime series produced by Texas church

BURLESON, Texas (BP) -- Filmmaker Jarod O'Flaherty didn't intend to produce a television series for streaming on Amazon Prime. O'Flaherty, who wrote, directed and produced the award-winning faith-based 2013 film "My Son" with the talented congregation of Retta Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas, planned to use funds designated for video and film ministry left from "My Son" DVD and ticket sales to create a short film for the festival circuit.

SBTC annual meeting highlights Who’s Your One

ODESSA, Texas (BP) -- The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) emphasized the urgency of evangelism and passed resolutions on racial reconciliation, sexual misconduct and mental health at its annual meeting Oct. 28-29 at First Baptist Church of Odessa, Texas. The Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism outreach "Who's Your One?" was the theme for the group's 22 annual meeting, which featured Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam Greenway and International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood as guest preachers.

El Paso area schools respond after Walmart shooting

EL PASO, Texas (BP) -- The morning of the mass shootings at an El Paso Walmart, Immanuel Christian School was having a workday for teachers and church members to prepare the grounds for the start of school. Immanuel Christian, a ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church, is but a 2-minute walk from the El Paso Walmart where 22 were slain Aug. 3 by a lone gunman.

Disaster relief chaplains share hope in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (BP) -- Four veteran Disaster Relief chaplains from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) packed quickly to drive from different regions of the state to El Paso to minister to victims, families and the community following the Aug. 3 shootings at the Cielo Vista Walmart. The four men, all pastors, arrived in El Paso on Aug. 7 and began to serve. None is new to helping others deal with tragedy and grief.

Southern Baptists respond to border crisis

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- While state and national officials craft responses to the humanitarian crisis along the Mexico border, Southern Baptist entities -- including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the North American Mission Board -- are actively engaged in addressing the migrant influx. "The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we've witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Tuesdays are jail days for church’s volunteers

RUSK, Texas (BP) -- Tuesdays mean going behind bars for volunteers with Freedom with Christ who meet with men and women in the Cherokee County Jail each week for Bible study and prayer. Freedom with Christ, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Rusk, Texas, also provides Bibles and study materials to prisoners in other correctional facilities in Texas and six surrounding states.

TX church tackles migrant ministry ‘roller coaster’

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- For Carlos Navarro, pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church, the human need seen in migrant caravans moving from Central and South America toward U.S. borders is nothing new. Navarro, once an illegal immigrant himself, has been ministering to migrants in the Texas Rio Grande Valley for a quarter century. The Southern Baptist TEXAN interviewed Navarro and Diana, his wife of 36 years, in Brownsville this past fall as the couple celebrated ...

Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive. "You're not going to have to buy a church. God is going to give it to us," Holcombe replied. "God gave it to us," Mark Collins said, recalling Holcombe's story before some 350-400 gathered May 5, 2018, for groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Sutherland Springs facility.

Collegians focus on Harvey victims over spring break

HOUSTON (BP) -- Even after an EF-3 tornado -- one of 13 tornadoes to strike northern Alabama March 19 -- ripped through their college campus, tearing roofs off dorms, downing trees and damaging cars, Jacksonville State University students elected to remain in Houston to help hurricane victims rather than returning to assess their own damaged living spaces. It was not the spring break most expected. Then again, perhaps it was, at least in terms of mission and camaraderie.