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Westboro

Commentary: Can we get a “shut up” from the congregation?

The so-called “Baptist” pastors who spread hate over LGBT issues “have as much business being pastors as I do being a neurosurgeon,” says columnist Jon Mark Beilue. (Amarillo Globe-News)

       
AgeOfTrump

2nd Opinion: Eight rules for the Age of Trump

Religious Americans—conservatives and liberals alike—need new guidelines for practicing faith in today’s public square. (Huffington Post)

       
sbcrace

Guest editorial: On race, SBC must move from gestures to action

Without moral clarity and leadership on substantive issues that matter deeply to African-Americans and other minorities, the Southern Baptist Convention’s awakened conscience will start to ring hollow.

       
WilshireChoir

2nd Opinion: Going and singing good for youth

Mission choir tours are not vacations. But mission choir tours allow gifted students to sing and to serve and to be focused on others rather than themselves, to see the world with new eyes and to know that God is at work everywhere.

       
beautysalon

Guest editorial: Nothing is permanent about congregational vision

The failure to reconceptualize vision can lead to a slow death march for congregations.

       
Success-Failure

2nd Opinion: The word we fear (think “failure”)

Every church, both large and small, should not fear failure but realize the purposes and future of God in their unique communities.

       
ObamaAbe

2nd Opinion: Americans must heed Obama’s call for a moral awakening

A well-formed Christian conscience cannot be untroubled by what happened when the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945, or by the danger and unfathomable devastation nuclear weapons pose today.

       
ListenSee

Commentary: Living from the inside out

Parker Palmer, author and founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, offers advice to university graduates that applies to just about everyone. (On Being)

       
voteyes

Guest editorial: Count the “yes” votes in your church

Congregational leaders can allow naysayers to hold a church hostage. Instead, they should empower members who say yes.

       
FBC

Commentary: Confessions of a middle-aged pastor

Even during my middle-age years, I love serving as a pastor. I have the privilege of walking alongside folks from the moment of birth to the moment of death and all seasons in-between. — Barry Howard

       
classroom

2nd Opinion: What I learned from the PTO

I have been guilty of being ungrateful for those who attend our church. ... I have been guilty of bemoaning culture without appreciating those who swim against it. The PTO helped me see the light.

       
offeringplate

Guest Editorial: What can wash away my sin?

Instead of hoping the poor will recognize my help and be grateful, I can say of my gift: “Thank you. This is not out of the goodness of my heart but out of my need for forgiveness.”

       
AnatomyMigraine

2nd Opinion: Blind spots and church migraines

Recognizing blind spots as symptoms of deeper issues is a first step toward treating the underlying ailments that keep us from becoming all Christ intended us to be.

       
transgendersymbol

Commentary: Seven things I’m learning about transgender people

Science reveals nature undeniably plays a role in the development of transgender people, reports Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. (BNG)

       
transgenderRNS

Russell Moore: The real meaning of transgender bathrooms

The U.S. Department of Education's decision to demand public-school bathroom access on the basis of self-idenity rather than biological sex rescripts the most basic human intuitions about humanity as male and female, Russell Moore says.

       
 
 
 
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