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Guest editorial: Thick beats thin every time

If we don’t like “thick” fundamentalism or “thick” nationalism, it’s up to us to offer hearty, compelling alternatives.

       

Counterpoint: Texas Baptists, what have we just lost?

For generations, the Baptist General Convention of Texas was conservative but provided a place to belong for less-conservative congregations. The membership policy approved at the 2016 BGCT annual meeting untethers those churches and their members—a big deal, asserts David Currie, former leader of Texas Baptists Committed.

       

Point: Sorting out the BGCT, LGBT and Baptist autonomy

An appeal to “church autonomy” does not prohibit the Baptist General Convention of Texas from removing congregations that defy principles generally accepted by the majority of the convention’s affiliated churches, notes Truett Seminary’s Roger Olson.

       
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Commentary: In praise of ‘old school’ discipleship

The process for making disciples has a lot in common with “old school” vending machines, Texas Baptist missionary Ernie Rice insists.

       
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Commentary: Understand development to provide care for grieving children

The Christmas season is not all joy. For many—children included—holidays are a renewed time of grief. Understanding how our children develop helps us care for them when they grieve.

       
 Commentary: The sin of certainty

Commentary: The sin of certainty

I tend to steer clear of making statements with certainty, because I know—as a fallible human being—I see “through a glass darkly.” We all should have convictions on which we base our lives, but dogmatism does not honor Christ.

       
Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

There is too much need in the world for us to keep pushing each other out of the circle of shared ministry. (Texas Baptists Committed)

       
Cheryl Kimble

Commentary: ‘I am not allowed to be a Texas Baptist anymore’

"Others are telling me—and others I know and love—that if we are going to be Baptists, we must change our thoughts and beliefs. That is not the Baptist way."

       
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Commentary: BGCT homosexuality decision focused on top-tier issue

“This discussion (about LGBT-affirming congregations) was not a matter of making one particular sin worse than any other sin. The heart of this discussion is about our doctrine of sin. I believe this is a top-tier theological issue.”

       
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Commentary: For I was a stranger, and you (didn’t) welcome(d) me

Christ does not allow you to pick and choose parts of people to accept. He demands that you look into their eyes and see in them a person created in God’s image, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender fluid, pansexual, transgender or straight.

       

Guest editorial: Why a ‘standard’ must be set

The maker of the BGCT motion that restricts convention membership to churches that affirm “the bonds of a marriage between one man and one woman” explains why he made the motion and why it is best for the state convention.

       

2nd Opinion: BGCT expressed ‘courage to do the right thing’

Amarillo Pastor Howie Batson counters Editor Marv Knox’s suggestion the BGCT practice a welcoming-if-not-affirming relationship to welcoming-and-affirming congregations.

       

Commentary: Let's be Baptists—together

Let's be a convention of Baptists who live up to the best of our Baptist heritage as a people who value freedom of conscience and freedom to cooperate. Let's be a BGCT that lives up to Jesus’ high priestly prayer for us—that we be one.

       
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Commentary: What do we do now?

This election like few others will set the course of our nation for decades to come. Your involvement is a privilege paid with the lives of others. Few people on earth have this privilege. Vote. Pray. Proclaim the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

       
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2nd Opinion: Respond to the cry of the elderly

Ministry to the elderly and their caregivers is a wide-open—and needed—opportunity for congregations.

       
 
 
 
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