Opinion: Truth and ‘Baptist Holy War’ casualties

“Truth is the first casualty of war,” the old adage proclaims. Consequently, a couple of truth-tellers became early victims of the Baptist Holy War.

EDITORIAL: Place priority on church planting

Quickly: Name the most significant issues that will affect Texas Baptists’ ability to reach our state with the gospel for the duration of this century.

EDITORIAL: Reasons we treasure religious liberty

Even though our culture seems faith-averse, religious expression is more robust in the United States than anywhere else in the West. Even though religious expression is enormously diverse, the practice of faith still is safer here than anywhere in the world.

EDITORIAL: Good news in the demographic shift

Christianity is growing most rapidly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Within about a generation, only about 20 percent of Christians will be white. The vast majority will be Hispanic, African and Asian.

EDITORIAL: Budget requires vigorous priority

The Baptist General Convention of Texas must think faithfully and courageously about its 2011 budget. The reality is that the BGCT does not have enough money to fund every ministry it wants to operate.

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.
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