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2nd Opinion: Do you worship a wind-up Jesus?

What does a plastic toy "Jesus" have to do with evangelicals in today's political arena? Plenty, says church historian Bill Leonard.

       
Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson

Commentary: The radical, revolutionary faith of Christmas spirituals

Christmas spirituals endure not only because they celebrate the joyous, raw beauty of Jesus’ birth, but also because they open a door to the Eternal Now. (Dallas Morning News)

       
Diana & David Garland

Guest editorial: Our greatest hope lies in the arms of God

Our hope is in God who raised our Lord from the dead and who promises to raise us. This hope is so much greater than our beggarly hopes for our own welfare and happiness.

       
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Commentary: Helping those who have lost loved ones this Christmas

Baylor University social work professor Helen Harris provides insights into how to help grieving family and friends at Christmas, when feelings of loss may be most acute.

       
hope

2nd Opinion: A message of hope this Christmas

Whenever we look at the darkness or the silence, we can point others to the cross and remind them that in Jesus, all of the answers to the promises of God are yes and amen. Don’t look away; the Lord never did.

       
challenges ahead

2nd Opinion: When will post-Christendom arrive in your community?

Churches and their leaders must evaluate the rate and point of cultural change in their communities and respond accordingly.

       
Turkey revolt

Guest editorial: Thick beats thin every time

If we don’t like “thick” fundamentalism or “thick” nationalism, it’s up to us to offer hearty, compelling alternatives.

       

Counterpoint: Texas Baptists, what have we just lost?

For generations, the Baptist General Convention of Texas was conservative but provided a place to belong for less-conservative congregations. The membership policy approved at the 2016 BGCT annual meeting untethers those churches and their members—a big deal, asserts David Currie, former leader of Texas Baptists Committed.

       

Point: Sorting out the BGCT, LGBT and Baptist autonomy

An appeal to “church autonomy” does not prohibit the Baptist General Convention of Texas from removing congregations that defy principles generally accepted by the majority of the convention’s affiliated churches, notes Truett Seminary’s Roger Olson.

       
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Commentary: In praise of ‘old school’ discipleship

The process for making disciples has a lot in common with “old school” vending machines, Texas Baptist missionary Ernie Rice insists.

       
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Commentary: Understand development to provide care for grieving children

The Christmas season is not all joy. For many—children included—holidays are a renewed time of grief. Understanding how our children develop helps us care for them when they grieve.

       
 Commentary: The sin of certainty

Commentary: The sin of certainty

I tend to steer clear of making statements with certainty, because I know—as a fallible human being—I see “through a glass darkly.” We all should have convictions on which we base our lives, but dogmatism does not honor Christ.

       
Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

There is too much need in the world for us to keep pushing each other out of the circle of shared ministry. (Texas Baptists Committed)

       
Cheryl Kimble

Commentary: ‘I am not allowed to be a Texas Baptist anymore’

"Others are telling me—and others I know and love—that if we are going to be Baptists, we must change our thoughts and beliefs. That is not the Baptist way."

       
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Commentary: BGCT homosexuality decision focused on top-tier issue

“This discussion (about LGBT-affirming congregations) was not a matter of making one particular sin worse than any other sin. The heart of this discussion is about our doctrine of sin. I believe this is a top-tier theological issue.”

       
 
 
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