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EDITORIAL: A few words for the Class of 2010

To the Class of 2010, here are a few words of encouragement as you ponder what comes next.

EDITORIAL: So different & so much in common

Lovers of irony should relish the fact that—in alphabetical order—the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Southern Baptist Convention have a lot in common these days.

EDITORIAL: Obedience, identification & hope

Since at least 1641, Baptists have immersed new believers, because the specific New Testament word, baptizein, means to dip or immerse.

EDITORIAL: Faith & ‘substantive conversations’

Have you heard about the study that reveals people who spend more of their day engaging in deep, meaningful discussions are happier than people who mainly make small talk? Maybe you talked about these findings and the discussion made you, well, happy.

EDITORIAL: Easter blessings in the here & now

Even though the Easter Sunday church crowd knows “the rest of the story,” most Americans still don’t get it.

EDITORIAL: Six things to know about preaching

If you excel at exegeting Scripture but you don’t apply it to our lives, you haven’t really preached. And if you talk knowingly about life today but don’t ground your guidance in the Bible, you haven’t really preached. A great sermon requires both.

EDITORIAL: Baylor’s new Starr needs 5 points

Like so much about Baylor University, Kenneth Starr’s election as president has been fraught with discord. What is the way forward for Starr and for Baylor?

EDITORIAL: Balancing quantity & quality of life

Once upon a time, our family went to church with a man who wanted to live to be 140 years old.

EDITORIAL: Unmistakable mark of character

Forgiveness just might be the most difficult spiritual practice commanded by Scripture.

EDITORIAL: God, Haiti & judgmental Christians

Millions of Christians and Muslims debate whether adherents of the two faiths worship the same god. Lately, I’ve been wondering if I worship the same god as some other Christians. For example, take Pat Robertson. Please.

EDITORIAL: Strong shield against persecution

Any nation’s religious freedom is only as secure as the liberty afforded its minorities. So, to ensure America never succumbs to religious persecution, we must protect our minorities.

EDITORIAL: We need a lot of Christmas this year

More and more, I’m grateful for Christmas because I’m increasingly aware of how much we need it.

EDITORIAL: What role has faith in public policy?

The tension between Christian compassion and the duties of citizenship—particularly the responsibilities of public officials—has been in the news lately.

EDITORIAL: Appropriately conservative & liberal

The BGCT has confirmed its conservative stance on sexuality. Still, questions remain: How should churches relate to homosexuals? And how should the convention relate to churches with various responses to homosexuals?

EDITORIAL: Changing Texas, changing churches

The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ changing ethnicity highlights research conducted by BGCT information analyst Clay Price and profiled in this edition of the Baptist Standard.
 
 
 
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