June 1997


How do you know if you are pastoring a city church or a country church? Check your backyard.
At age 11 as the oldest son of my Baptist parents, I walked the aisle of a small rura larea Baptist Church and professed the Lord Jesus as my Saviour and Lord.
Tony Campolo admits he’s abrasive. He even regrets not articulating some of his strong opinions in a more diplomatic manner.
Missionaries Deserve Better Treatment! Our foreign missionaries deserve better treatment than they have been receiving lately.
Change is one of the most difficult and yet necessary ingredients for personal growth.
by Roger Paynter
My friend, Bob Setzer of First Baptist in Macon, Georgia recently wrote some very insightful thoughts about the chilling episode of the Heaven’s Gate cult.
At the end of a six-month internship with TBC as part of my degree program at Truett Seminary, the key question for me is : What did I learn? I learned a lot of things.
A recent event in a Baptist church in my city helped me to decide what to write in this issue of the Texas Baptists Committed newsletter.
Several current and past BGCT leaders see problems in the recent appointments of Texas Baptist representatives to serve on SBC committees.

“The Ring of Truth”
by Dr. Douglas Ezell

Maybe you have said it. I’m sure you have heard it. Someone will say, “That statement has the ring of truth to it.”
Paige Patterson is seeking a “student assistant.” To those of us at TBC, the job doesn’t sound too exciting. What do you think?


“I am deeply distressed by what I only can call in our Christian
culture the idolatry of the Scriptures. For many Christians,
the Bible is not a pointer to God but God himself. In a word
Bibliolatry. God cannot be confined within the covers of a leather
bound book. I develop a nasty rash around people who speak as
if mere scrutiny of its pages will reveal precisely how God thinks
and precisely what God wants.”

Brennan Manning’s book, “Signature of Jesus”



“I think everybody should own at least one,”

(Paige) Patterson quipped when asked about women

May 4, 1997, Atlanta Journal-Constitution




An interesting letter that made us think…


Cynthia Clawson Returning to TBC Convocation

Cynthia Clawson, winner of a Grammy and five Dove awards, will return for Texas Baptists Committed fourth annual convocation.

Jeanie Miley to Keynote 97 Convocation on Spiritual Formation

Jeanie Miley, nationally-known author and speaker on spiritual formation, will keynote the 1997 Texas Baptists Committed Convocation in Austin, August 1–2. The theme for this year’s convocation is Texas 2000: Being Spiritually Prepared.


Texas CBF Breakfast August 2nd

Fellowship will host a breakfast during the fourth annual Texas
Baptists Committed convocation in Austin.

The breakfast will be Saturday morning, at the downtown Sheraton, Austin, August 2, at 7:00 a.m.

The featured speaker will be Daniel Vestal, CBF Coordinator.

Tickets for the breakfast
can be ordered on the form below. They should be mailed to the Texas Baptists Committed office.

Phone reservations will be accepted beginning July 1
Tickets are $13 per person.

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