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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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Guest editorial: Provide retirement benefits for church staff members

With a minimum investment each month, any church can start a retirement program and help its staff members one day retire with dignity.

       
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Guest editorial: Studying history is essential for the strength of our democracy

Any politician who wants to make America great again must come to grips with the fact that African-Americans were slaves and the victims of Jim Crow laws. Women were second-class citizens in a patriarchal society that did not give them voting rights.

       
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2nd Opinion: It’s an odd time to be a male

It’s time for Christian men to ask: What have I done to foster a culture where sexual abuse and gender bias are called out for the evil they are? When have I spoken up to say this prevailing attitude is not right? (BNG)

       
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2nd Opinion: Our best chance for healing and moving forward

As we look past this presidential election, let’s figure out how we find common ground to establish a foundation for empathy and cooperation.

       
 
 
 
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