Watchman on the wall

Baptist Standard: Watchman on the wall

Presnall H. Wood served as editor of the Baptist Standard from 1977 to 1995. As part of our 125th anniversary celebration, here are excerpts from his next-to-last editorial, published in the Dec. 6, 1995, edition of the Baptist Standard:

The Standard and Kennedy's election

The Baptist Standard and Kennedy's election

As part of the Baptist Standard's 125th anniversary celebration, Walker Knight, Standard associate editor under Editor E. S. James, recalls the interaction between James and then-candidate John F. Kennedy concerning the issue of separation of church and state.

Change, constancy and truth-telling

Change, constancy and truth-telling

Baptist Standard Editor Marv Knox reflects on the Standard's 125th anniversary this month.

In Touch

In Touch: Grateful for our grandchild

 I am especially grateful this season, because of the birth of Anne Marie Hardage, Kathleen’s and my first grandchild. 

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Why celebrate Christmas?

Some argue we shouldn't observe Christmas because it's a Christianized pagan holiday, or because it promotes a misguided belief in Santa Claus, or it's too materialistic.  But Joe B. Hewitt says there are plenty of reasons to mark the birth of Jesus.

RIght or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Training for laity

Rhetoric abounds about the need for ministerial education, but what about leadership training for laity? Are we missing opportunities for addressing church health?

Down Home

Down Home: Christmas in stages this year

Christmas is arriving in stages this year, sort of, thanks some to complicated family logistics.

Down Home

Down Home: Don’t criticize a woman until you’ve shaved a mile with her razor

An ankle injury forces Marv to apologize to women everywhere for his insensitivity. Shaving your legs actually is hard.

In Touch

In Touch: Holidays are upon us

The holiday season is now upon us, and Kathleen and I hope and pray you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving and are preparing for a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Gay marriage rulings

Is it simplistic to say the recent Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriage allows economics to overshadow family values?

Down Home

Down Home: An unwelcome guest & a husband’s duty

I could tell by the look on her face Joanna was serious. “You. Need. To. Come. Inside. The. House,” she said. “Right. Now.”

In Touch

In Touch: Military chaplaincy scholarship

Hello, Texas Baptists! I had the privilege of attending an endowed scholarship luncheon at Truett Seminary .

My friend, former Air Force Chaplain Newt Cole, has established a scholarship at Truett to support students preparing for a career as a military chaplain.

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Requiring theological education

Baptists in other parts of the world require pastors to receive theological education before they can serve churches. This seems to trump the Baptist distinctive of local-church autonomy. What do you think?

2nd Opinion

2nd Opinion: Trying to teach globally

Suppose you were dealing with a group of well-read students who already know a lot about history, and particularly Christian history. What parts of this incredible story would you choose to focus on?

Right or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Individualism vs. kiononia

Does American individualism undercut the growth of Christianity and hasten the decline of the church?

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