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2nd Opinion: Persecution of Christians is rising globally, but does the West really care?

Persecuted Christians around the world need the support and advocacy of Christians in the United States.

       

Guest editorial: Balance security and compassion, but respect refugees

Urge President Trump to reconsider the scope and effect of his executive order on immigration and to work with congressional leaders to devise a solution that bolsters American security without causing unnecessary delays for refugees fleeing violence or disregarding traditional American values.

       
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2nd Opinion: On immigration, Franklin Graham is dead wrong

Franklin Graham’s assertion that President Trump’s hardline stand on immigration is OK because it is “not a biblical issue” doesn’t square with biblical teaching—and it will get people killed. (BNG)

       
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2nd Opinion: Hail to the ‘Donald’ in all of us

The United States’ new president has a lot in common with all of us—including the need for prayer, contributor Marcia Davis suggests.

       
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Guest editorial: Churches face health-care crisis

More and more churches are forcing ministers to bear the cost of their health insurance, a trend that is unconscionable, consultant Mike Queen insists.

       
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Guest Editorial: Five key international religious freedom questions

Here are five questions whose answers will affect international religious freedom this year.

       

Commentary: What Boomers can learn from Millennials and Gen-Xers

The Lord is calling you, whatever your season of life, to walk in faithful obedience to the Great Commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

       
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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.

       
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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)

       
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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.

       
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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.

       
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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.

       
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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.

       
 
 
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