Supreme Court finds in favor of Hobby Lobby; Baptists rejoice

July 1st, 2014 By: Greg Tomlin

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Car [...]

SBTC DR efforts continue from Borderlands flooding

June 30th, 2014 By: Jane Rodgers

EAGLE PASS—Disaster relief volunteers quickly mobilized after torrential rains along the Texas-M [...]

Wendy Davis tries capitalizing on HB2 filibuster anniversary

June 27th, 2014 By: Bonnie Pritchett

AUSTIN—Taking advantage of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’s “celebration& [...]

At 96, Orville Rogers could hang up his red pair of New Balance runners. But hanging things up is not his style.

June 24th, 2014 By: Sharayah Colter | Staff Writer

Forty-six years ago, Army Air Corps veteran Orville Rogers picked up and read a copy of the then-contr [...]


Once a fearful witness, now an overcomer

July 21st, 2014 / By: Joni Hannigan

Fear gripped Melissa Campbell’s heart as she stood at the door. Across the threshold stood a self-professed atheist who just the week before said there had to be a “catch” to the evangelistic team’s visit to her Austin home.  The fear had begun several hours before with unbidden thoughts: “No one’s receptive. They don’t want to hear. I am just going t [...]

Pastors must pursue conflict resolution and peace-making

June 6th, 2014 / By: Dave Earley

LAS VEGAS—A few years ago, I surveyed a group of 25 successful, veteran pastors who were leading a variety of healthy churches. I asked a few simple questions. One of the questions was, “Please list the three things you did not learn in seminary, but wish you had.” I was surprised that there was one response given by all of them: Learning to resolve conflict effectively.Most past [...]

Case studies yield mediation advice, ‘multiple possibilities’

June 6th, 2014 / By: Tammi Reed Ledbetter | Managing Editor

“A person who only views conflict in the negative will miss seeing what God can do.”  JACKSONVILLE—Mike Smith remains firmly convinced of God’s power to turn conflict into blessing. He’s served churches and ministers helping resolve 3,000-plus cases of conflict over 44 years of ministry.Smith, president of Jacksonville College, has written “Conflict: Causes [...]

Time away helps pastors gain perspective for ministry

June 6th, 2014 / By: Tammi Reed Ledbetter | Managing Editor

Whether it is a few days in the Hill Country, guidance from an experienced counselor or a small group retreat designed to address the issues a minister faces, a variety of resources are available when pastors battle conflict in the course of ministry.Creek House Inn, south of Kerrville is a bed and breakfast offered at no cost to pastors, missionaries, Christian workers and their spouses. “W [...]