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Mark Wingfield

2nd Opinion: Cheer for moral leadership, not merely football success

All of Texas seems to be aflutter about the Baylor University football player convicted of raping a female student in Waco. Which means this ought to be a really good time for Christians of goodwill to engage in a thoughtful conversation about what really matters at a faith-based university.

2nd Opinion: Anti-gambling archives a treasure trove of wisdom

2nd Opinion: Anti-gambling archives a treasure trove of wisdom

The anti-gambling movement has made peace with being perpetually broke. We have figured out how to do more with less, and it’s always been a labor of love.

Right or Wrong? ‘Protestant privilege’

Right or Wrong? ‘Protestant privilege’

A friend says when many people talk about “freedom of religion,” they mean they want government to allow them to freely exercise their religion, but they don’t care about others’ religion. He says this has been the “Protestant privilege” for decades.

Down Home: Seeing eye-to-eye with Topanga

Down Home: Seeing eye-to-eye with Topanga

Topanga and I have been experiencing a ton of together time lately. I started to say we have been enjoying a ton of together time, but that wouldn’t be correct.

2nd Opinion: Bivocational ministry is a thing of beauty

2nd Opinion: Bivocational ministry is a thing of beauty

When the spectrum of Christian ministry is considered, the majority of the people serving congregations in the role of minister do so bivocationally. Bivocational ministry is the norm. It is a thing of great beauty.

2nd Opinion: Musical Chairs and leaders of dying organizations

2nd Opinion: Musical Chairs and leaders of dying organizations

“I don’t want the ship to go down on my watch.” These words have been uttered, or perhaps muttered under the breath, by many pastors and organizational leaders who have found themselves at the helm of dying institutions.

Right or Wrong? Civil discourse on race

Right or Wrong? Civil discourse on race

How do we engage in a civil discourse on race without being perceived as a race baiter?

2nd Opinion: Is your church fragile or agile?

2nd Opinion: Is your church fragile or agile?

A church’s future-visioning process should focus on speed and nimbleness over rigid and inflexible models; on the “why” of a congregation and its broad direction, and then upon the specific “hows and whats.”

Down Home: Woman? Nope. Of distinction? Doubt it.

Down Home: Woman? Nope. Of distinction? Doubt it.

Look out, prominent and distinguished women. Here I come. According to an email that sailed through the ether and landed in my in box, this could be a very good year.

2nd Opinion: Don’t forget to count the nondenoms

2nd Opinion: Don’t forget to count the nondenoms

In all the hand-wringing about the statistical decline of Baptist congregations in America, one shift seldom gets mentioned: the rise of the nondenominational church.

Guest editorial: Two everyday enemies

Guest editorial: Two everyday enemies

There’s a story about a good man, a person like you and me. You know, one of the goodguys.

Down Home: Grandparenting via Instagram and iChat

Down Home: Grandparenting via Instagram and iChat

Some people claim the world is going to hell in the proverbial hand-basket, but they must not be grandparents.

Right or Wrong? Help, Thanks, Wow

Right or Wrong? Help, Thanks, Wow

Anne Lamott's recent book, Help, Thanks, Wow, contends these three words encompass the necessary prayers for a well-rounded life. Is this an over-simplification or a profoundly simple evaluation?

2nd Opinion: Is God a bigot? Romans 1 & same-sex marriage

2nd Opinion: Is God a bigot? Romans 1 & same-sex marriage

Texas Baptists are a people of The Book. If you hold to a doctrine of biblical authority and believe the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible’s authorship, you simply can’t condone the act of homosexual sex.

2nd Opinion: Care for Creation: An invitation to read Laudato Si’

2nd Opinion: Care for Creation: An invitation to read Laudato Si’

The recent release of Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’—“On Care for Our Common Home”—might provide occasion for some Baptists to turn over a new leaf.

 
 
 
 
 
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