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Full Show: Southern Baptist Convention, And Inside The School Finance Reform Bill (June 11, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: An update from the Southern Baptist Convention, the school finance reform bill, gender equality in music, LGBTQ portrayal in film and TV, and poet Ocean Vuong.

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Full Show: Methodists React To LGBTQ Vote, And Houston’s ‘Extreme 911’ Saves A Man In Scotland (March 1, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Local Methodists react to a recent vote on LGBTQ issues. We learn how a Houston company helped rescue a man in Scotland. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And we remember the story of Texas independence.

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Houston’s Second Baptist And Brentwood Baptist Churches Cleared By SBC

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle's Lise Olsen explains why a Southern Baptist Convention committee cleared the two Houston churches in an investigation regarding how they’ve handled sexual abuse claims.

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Full Show: Church Security Seminars, And Navigating Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some local pastors are holding workshops about better protecting their congregations from shootings. An expert helps us safely navigate all the organizations asking for donations on this Giving Tuesday. And Houston author James R. Hannibal travels the nation engaging kids in creative writing.

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We've all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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How the City of Stafford Runs Without Property Taxes

Posted on · Houston is often compared to many other big metropolitan cities around the country, but in reality every city is different. That statement is definitely true when discussing the practices of a small town 30 minutes southwest of Houston. The place is Stafford, Texas, and not only does the city not have property taxes, but it […]

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Tax Exempt Status for Churches: What’s the Impact on Greater Houston?

Posted on · Since 1894, churches have been exempt from paying federal income taxes, and they’re also exempt from paying property taxes in all 50 states. This can sometimes be a contentious issue like in Friendswood recently, when a church bought 135 acres of land and applied for a tax exemption on the entire property — with an […]

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Texas is Home to the Most Megachurches

Posted on · Greater Houston is home to more than forty megachurches – those are Protestant congregations with a sustained attendance of 2,000 or more per week. And among those are some prominent examples: Lakewood Church and Second Baptist Church – two of the ten largest megachurches in the nation, according to a recent study from the Hartford […]

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Documentary Tells the Story of East Texas Church Arsons

Posted on · Five years ago, eleven churches across East Texas were burned down. The rash of arsons over a five-week period from January to February that year put communities like Tyler, Athens and Lindale on edge. Some churches resorted to having volunteers spend the night at their congregations to try and prevent them from burning too. Two […]