A reminder about our comment policy

July 29, 2010 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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 alicianblack.blogspot.com

Brittany serving in Colorado summermissionswithbrittany.blogspot.com

Andrew serving in Connecticut http://itsthatdpersonality.blogspot.com/

Emily serving in Florida emilyrg.wordpress.com

Renee serving in Japan http://www.youtube.com/user/texaslovestokyo

Laura serving in the Middle East http://ifonlyforoneheart.blogspot.com/

Joanna serving in Montana http://montana2010-joanna.blogspot.com/

Tyler serving in South Asia tylindt.blogspot.com

Shannon serving in Southeast Asia shannoninsea.wordpress.com

Amy serving in Thailand furtheringhisfame.blogspot.com

Ashley serving in Thailand aseiter.wordpress.com

Brittany serving in the United Kingdom ministryabroad.blogspot.com

Steve serving in Venezuela lethimlead.wordpress.com

Looking for some insight?

July 6, 2010 by

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 by

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.

Convencion messengers approve unification agreement

June 29, 2010 by

In today’s final plenary session, messengers to the Annual Meeting of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas overwhelmingly approved changes to the group’s constitution as well as revising its unification agreement with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Personally, I didn’t see anyone vote against either measure.

In a surprise, Robbie Rogers from Baylor stopped by and gave me a handful of photos from the day. Here is one of his photos. I’ll be honest, I’m having issues uploading the other photos. I’ve never run into this issue before but will get it resolved as quickly as possible.

TBM activated in preparation for Tropical Storm Alex

June 29, 2010 by

Texas Baptist Men’s state feeding unit will leave the organization’s headquarters June 29 and head toward South Texas where it will be ready to provide as many as 20,000 meals a day to 22 shelters in the wake of Tropical Storm Alex.

The storm, which is rotating in the Gulf of Mexico, is forecast to make landfall along the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico coast on Thursday morning. On Monday morning, the storm sustained 60 mph winds and forecasters say it could strengthen. Officials fear possible flooding from the storm.

“Texas Baptist Men is prepared to respond to tropical storm Alex in any form or shape it may take,” said Gary Smith, TBM’s volunteer disaster relief coordinator.

To support TBM’s ministry, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org or send a check designated “disaster relief” to 5351 Catron, Dallas 75227.

100 years, 100 baptisms

June 28, 2010 by

The 100th anniversary celebration of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas fittingly began with the baptism of 100 people — one for every year the convention has spread the hope of Christ across the state and around the globe. Messengers packed the sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and another 800 youth participated in a service in another building.

The energy last night was high and people’s spirits were even higher. Most importantly, God was present in the room. Led by President Victor Rodriguez, messengers contemplated how God has worked through the convention and how those faith markers are pointing to an even greater future.

In many ways, the future of Texas Baptist work relies on Hispanic Baptist churches. God strategically has placed them in this state to reach its changing population. As leaders noted last night, the convention’s past is important. It’s future is vital.

For those of you looking for the new officers, here they are. I’ll try to get some photos posted later tonight.

First Vice President: Jesse Rincones

Second Vice President: Manuel Rodriguez

Third Vice President: Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez

Secretary: Rafael Munoz