2nd Opinion: Why you should not vote in this presidential election

It is a sad day to feel you must hold your nose when voting for president. ... Perhaps it’s time to start an “I’m not voting” campaign as a way of demanding the system be repaired.

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2nd Opinion: Explaining our leadership failure—career vs. vocation

America is facing a crisis of leadership because thousands of good people in public service have lost their vocation and replaced it with a career, observes columnist David Brooks. (New York Times)

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Guest editorial: 5 reasons Noah's flood doesn't explain a young Earth

Religion/philosophy professor Hal Ostrander offers five reasons why the young-Earth theory of creation is not plausible.

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BGCT president: San Marcos Baptist Academy, South Texas School of Christian Studies

This week, BGCT President René Maciel discusses two Texas Baptist schools—San Marcos Baptist Academy and the South Texas School of Christian Studies.

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2nd Opinion: You need Someone greater than you to guide your life

Here's back-to-school advice from Baylor University's David Garland that is valuable for everyone, from a new kindergartner, to a graduate student, to a "student" of life.


George W. Truett on religious liberty

Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol May 16, 1920, Baptist statesman and Dallas pastor George W. Truett delivered one of the greatest speeches on Christian political responsibility, “Baptists and Religious Liberty.”

Former editors speak on Christian citizenship and religious liberty

Former editors speak on Christian citizenship and religious liberty

Baptist Standard editors from the past offer wisdom on religious liberty, separation of church and state, and matters of Christian citizenship.


2nd Opinion: Does your church possess God’s empowering vision?

Church consultant George Bullard offers seven steps for evaluating whether your church has an empowering vision.


Guest editorial: Election- year ministry tension

Presidential election years provide treacherous times to exercise both the prophetic and pastoral dimensions of doing church together.

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Guest editorial: The radicality of being OK

Is God really as anxious about God’s glory, God’s plan, God’s place in the world, God’s honor, and God’s power as we might imagine? (I’m Eric Minton)


2nd Opinion: Praying for political leaders makes a significant difference

We pray for politicians because prayer may ignite a reminder to care for children, pursue justice or restrain evil in the mind of a legislator or other official.


Analysis: Republicans, Democrats and their inverted culture war

Republicans and Democrats alike shed decades-old culture war expectations during their conventions this summer.

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Commentary: 'Created equal' and hope for girls

In the same way we need to work diligently toward chipping away at generations of racial oppression, we also need to keep working toward gender equality.


2nd Opinion: Why white ministers must insist, ‘Black Lives Matter’

We’ve been saying, “White lives matter” ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. It’s past time for white Christians to acknowledge the ongoing sin of racism, confess our own biases and seek to create new patterns of thought and behavior. (Faith & Leadership)


Opinion: Overcoming a pastor’s moral failure

Churches can take steps to provide support, ensure accountability and facilitate healing in the wake of a traumatic spiritual event.

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