Archive for July, 2010

A reminder about our comment policy

July 29, 2010

It pains me to do this, especially after this space has been stagnant for a bit, but it seems I need to reiterate our comment policy, which applies to all Texas Baptist social media channels. In each of these places, we attempt to keep discussion as open as possible in an environment where everyone can express themselves freely.

But we’re not willing to do that by sacrificing certain principles. Comments left in an accusatory tone will not be tolerated. Comments left that personally attack another person — on the convention’s staff or not — also will not be tolerated. Spamming any of the social media avenues with comments also will not be permitted.

Disagreement with anything we write is fair and allowed. At times, I’d say we’ve even encouraged it. Disagreement with the convention is allowed. Open, honest questions are great, even if they’re tough questions. We attempt to answer every question as quickly as possible or at least connect the questioner to the person with the information the questioner is seeking.

Thanks for visiting this site, browsing around and getting involved in the conversation. Let’s keep it a conversation the glorifies God.

Memory or imagination?

July 14, 2010

This morning during the African American Fellowship gathering, Michael Bell made this observation during his sermon:

“Some ministers do ministry out of memory and stop doing ministry out of imagination.”

Where are you today? Are you doing what you’ve always done out of routine or are you allowing God to birth something new through you? How do you reconnect with God and allow Him to empower you?

Fire burns Harvest Association building

July 14, 2010

Please be in prayer for the Harvest Association. A fire July 11 burned the association’s offices. The building sustained significant damages. As many congregations have found in recent years, the process of recovering from a fire can be lengthy and trying.

The Internet may be over, but people keep using it

July 8, 2010

Despite Prince’s recent declaration that the “Internet’s completely over,” people keeping using it. Even college students. And non-college students for that matter. Imagine that.

But this post is about four college students. Through a partnership with the Texas Hunger Initiative and Go Now Missions, they’re learning about Texas’ hunger needs, how to address them and pitching in with ministries across the state. They’ve just started their journey, and they’d like you to follow along via their blog. Check it out by clicking here.

These are your students

July 7, 2010

This morning I discovered a list of blogging Texas Baptist students are serving as missionaries this summer through Go Now Missions. Check them out. They’re doing a variety of different efforts around the globe.

The blogs are opportunities for you to be involved in serving with them. Follow them. Learn about their ministries. Pray for them daily — their needs, what they’re seeing, the conversations their having, the people they meet who have yet to have a relationship with Christ.

Alicia serving in California

Brittany serving in Colorado

Andrew serving in Connecticut

Emily serving in Florida

Renee serving in Japan

Laura serving in the Middle East

Joanna serving in Montana

Tyler serving in South Asia

Shannon serving in Southeast Asia

Amy serving in Thailand

Ashley serving in Thailand

Brittany serving in the United Kingdom

Steve serving in Venezuela

Looking for some insight?

July 6, 2010

I spoke with Emily Prevost this afternoon, and she mentioned an upcoming event that I wasn’t aware of. It’s a leadership event that’s a bit different than some of the other events in Texas Baptist life and could be especially appealing, particularly to those of you living in the Houston area.

It’s called Insight 2010, and deals with how to be a leader in the 21st century. Sounds pretty much like every other leadership conference. But this one features Drayton McClane, CEO of the Astros, and a variety of church leaders who are sharing from their experiences.

For more information, click this link. It’s coming your way Sept. 9-10.

After a ridiculously long wait

July 1, 2010

Last night, I managed to post the photos from the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas Annual Meeting. Feel free to check them out by clicking here. I always prefer to look at the photos in a slideshow. Check that out by clicking here.