I have learned that in His work, we can do what we can, and He takes care of that which is impossible for us.
Go Now Missions student missionaries and their families gathered together on Sunday, May 19, at Dallas Baptist University for the Go Now Missions Commissioning Service.
During the Texas Baptists Executive Board meeting May 20-21, outside experts, as well as convention leadership, staff, and officers repeatedly emphasized the importance of safeguards to protect those at church.
We protect children and teenagers because they are a gift from God and a blessing to the world. As they grow, however, they are vulnerable because of their size and stages of development. Children and teens need adults to care for and protect them as they grow.
Not all societies have placed a high value on young life and the importance of protecting them. Even in the United States, child labor laws had to be enacted to protect children and young teens from being exploited. We also make sure children and teens get a basic education, that young ones are safely secured in vehicles, that children are treated properly by parents, and that no adult is allowed to be involved sexually with someone under age 17.
While not all cultures protect children and teens in the way the current American society does, Scripture sets forth the high value God places on young people. (The Bible was written in a time and place when children were seen as "coming of age" at 13; in our society, with its growing complexity, that age is more generally seen as about 17 or 18, and various laws reflect that increase.)
When a sexual assault is reported, church leaders may be tempted to invoke the Apostle Paul’s instruction in 1 Corinthians 6:1. “If any of you has a dispute against another, how dare you take it to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?” (CSB).
That passage is dealing with what we in the U.S. call civil lawsuits, where church members were asking the Roman courts to rule on disagreements between church members. “As it is, to have legal disputes against one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” (1 Corinthians 6:7, CSB).
This passage is not dealing with sexual assault. If a Christian in Corinth had murdered someone at a church meeting, the church, I think, would have called the local authorities to have the person arrested before he could kill anyone else.
By Girien Salazar
One of the top bipartisan legislative priorities, this session, has been improving the Texas public school system by increasing funding. As we approach the end of the session, Texas public schools are on track to receive a major financial investment. While both parties agree on the need to increase school funding, there are still many differences to work out between what the House and Senate want to see in the school finance bill.
Currently, HB 3 is in conference committee where select members will work together to hash out the differences between the House and Senate version of the bill. Texas voters still have the opportunity to encourage their elected officials to support an equitable school finance system.
More than 90 percent of Texas school children will attend Texas public schools. Increasing quality and funding for public schools is critical to having a highly skilled workforce and building a healthy Texas economy.
HB 3 would increase the basic per-pupil allotment for all school districts (from $5,140 to $5,880), which will inject $9 billion dollars into the school finance system. Texas needs a school finance system that propels students out of poverty and helps all students reach their full potential.
This did not happen overnight but was a result of years of praying and the Holy Spirit’s prompting in the lives of many individuals and churches in Laredo.
On Sunday, June 2, Texas Baptists will present the 2019 Texas Baptists Legacy Awards to Grant Teaff, executive director emeritus of the American Football Coaches Association, and Isaac Torres, preacher, evangelist and Texas Baptists leader.
El final de la sesión legislativa está a la vista y, aunque aún hay tiempo, los días se van haciendo más largos y la posibilidad de que los proyectos de ley reciban el visto bueno de los comités son más pequeñas. El siguiente es un resumen de algunos de las prioridades en los proyectos de ley de la Comisión de Vida Cristiana (CLC), en qué lugar del proceso se encuentran y cómo usted puede ayudar a que lleguen a la meta final.
De acuerdo con la Coalición de Justicia Criminal de Texas, el número de mujeres en las prisiones de Texas ha crecido cerca del 1,000 por ciento desde 1980 (más de dos veces del porcentaje de los hombres). La vasta mayoría son madres. Texas es el Estado con el mayor número de mujeres encarceladas y, sin embargo, debido a que las mujeres constituyen tan solo una pequeña porción del total de la población encarcelada, sus necesidades son en su mayoría ignoradas o no se satisfacen. Como parte de la Coalición Texas Smart on Crime, el CLC ha trabajado en esta sesión abordando el asunto de la dignidad de las mujeres encarceladas en Texas.