2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: The rise of the diminished, ordinary God

Do you believe in a god who can change the course of events on earth?

Down Home

Down Home: Just call it job security

The other day, Joanna asked me to get up from my chair in the den, walk into the kitchen and open a jar. I didn’t mind helping my wife. Not one bit. Just call it job security.

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Why I’m not leaving the church

I cannot leave the church. It is where I met God, where I meet God and where God continues to speak to me.

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Situational ethics

People sometimes criticize ethical decisions by claiming they are shaped by pluralism or relativism. Is that wrong? Shouldn't we consider the ethical layers that make up a situation's context when we make a decision?

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: To follow Jesus, you can’t follow yourself

After the worship service, someone asked me: “Does God really forgive us? Even past sins? Even past sins we’ve done again?”

Down Home

Down Home: Medical malady morphs into mystery

Joanna and I love mysteries. Now we've solved one of our own.


Down Home: Angry Birds, spies & my grandson

The government may be using my grandson to spy on me.

Right or Wrong? Racism

Right or Wrong? What is racism

What is the definition of “racist,” and what is required for a person to be racist?

In Touch

In Touch: Pray 2014 will be a great year

Please join me in praying that 2014 will be a great year for our Baptist General Convention of Texas family.

2nd Opinion: The tithe bucket

2nd Opinion: The tithe bucket

One pastor's "tithe bucket"—a half-gallon syrup bucket with a slit cut on top—has been in service for more than 80 years.

Down Home

Down Home: Catching up to Dr. King’s dream

If growing up in a race-less bubble had been possible during the turbulent 1960s and the uncertain ’70s, my friends and I did it.

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Church divisions

“Our church has divided over polity, doctrine and social issues. So far, reconciliation attempts lack any New Testament base, substance or guidelines. How can we move toward a more stable context?”

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Church shouldn’t be this hard

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day.

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day: religion shouldn’t be this hard.

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: No problem too small to give to God

A person of great faith trusts Jesus with life’s smallest details.

First Person: John Crowder

First Person: In West, tradition continues as love endures

First Baptist Church in West has made great progress since the fertilizer-plant explosion rocked our community April 17. But the holidays were difficult.

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