2nd Opinion: The spirituality of Snoopy

How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work. (The Atlantic)


HSU’s Hall reflects on three decades in Christian higher education

"I thank God for Texas Baptists and for the wonderful three decades of service (in Texas Baptist higher education) he has given me. "


Editorial: How should Christians treat others?

The best way to validate the gospel is to embody Jesus’ love for others. Shouting damnation only drives them further away.


Guest editorial: It is wrong to neglect the persecuted

It is inexcusable for one to use religious faith as a justification for ignoring the cries of the oppressed.


Commentary: The Rio Grande Valley needs families for children

"Let’s keep children in their home counties to lessen the trauma involved with removal. Let’s be people who live out their faith in action every day by caring for children in distress."

Editorial: 7 lessons I would teach my 22-year-old self

Editorial: 7 lessons I would teach my 22-year-old self

If I could visit myself in the spring of 1979, less than two months before I graduated from college and got married, here is what I'd want that young man to know ...


Guest editorial: America’s greatest weapon against terrorism? The hyphen

Choosing an ideology that advocates for violent destruction of one’s adopted home can happen only if people have rejected—or have been rejected by—the country in which they live.


Armes reflects on ministry in churches, education

"My dad said, 'Paul, if God calls you to a task, he has promised somehow to equip and empower you to accomplish that task—no matter how inadequate you may feel.' That word has given me comfort again and again, both as I have served as pastor of four Texas Baptist churches and as president to two Baptist General Convention of Texas educational institutions."

2nd Opinion: Why faith-focused media outlets and coverage matter more now

2nd Opinion: Why faith-focused media outlets and coverage matter more now

Mainstream media tend to generalize religious beliefs because most media look at the world through a secular lens, and they do little to help readers understand the complex beliefs that comprise the world’s faith groups.


Letters: The challenge of same-sex weddings to religious freedom

Regarding “A conversation about ‘religious liberty’ laws and freedom”: Thank you for diving deep into the confusing and nuanced layers of these issues.

While I agree with your opinions for the most part, may I suggest yet another option for the Christian baker? Bake the cake for the same-sex customers, but draw the line at decorating it in a way that violates the baker’s faith. This would mean the customer might have to go elsewhere for the same-sex cake topper or have another vendor personalize the message in the icing. All customers should be treated the same in a public place of business, but no business can be required to stock every item a customer might want.

I think the line between these conflicting rights appears at the point of participation. Yes, the florist, baker, photographer, etc. should provide the goods purchased—and deliver them if that is their practice. But to force anyone to attend a religious service, which is what a wedding is, crosses the line if that violates their religious beliefs.

Many of these occupations are artistic in nature, and to coerce an artist to make art that violates the artist’s conscience seems to me to violate their freedom of expression.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).

David Hammons



Requiring a baker to produce cake decorations depicting homosexual unions is quite different from selling goods. That not only puts the government in position of defining religion—establishing religion—it also forces speech in the form of artistic expression. 

It is one thing to say the baker has to sell to whomever comes in the door, although it certainly infringes the free exercise of religion. It is another thing to say the baker has to design and produce a morally objectionable work of art.  Shall actors be required to perform in nude scenes? Shall artists who paint commissioned pieces be required to paint immorality? The First Amendment means that the government must not define what my religion demands without a compelling reason.

It is precisely the mainstreaming of presentations of homosexuality in positive light that has led to the reversal of moral judgment on the issue in the last 10 years. Forcing people to cooperate in that kind of presentation leads to exactly the kind of immorality they would wish to oppose.

Concerning your assurances that ministers and churches will not be required to perform services that they find objectionable, a few years ago most people would have judged "homosexual marriage" a blatant oxymoron and impossible.  When popular culture and the Supreme Court play fast and loose with language itself, very little is impossible. 

Rick Johnson



BGCT president: Be encouraged by churches

Be encouraged that there are many Texas Baptist churches living out the Great Commission and touching lives. They are speaking boldly by their actions and by their service. They represent the body of Christ. They are churches that have grown into a mature body, a unified body, a healthy body. They are churches where each part does its work.


2nd Opinion: Keeping up with church—by counting

Numbers do matter, because people matter! Healthy churches find the best way to count.


Guest Editorial: To see religion boost public health, watch ‘Call the Midwife’

What the program shows us is how the NHS, planned during the war and created just afterward, partnered with a religious organization to deliver high-quality care to those most in need.


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