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2nd Opinion: The worst of times. Really?

2nd Opinion: The worst of times. Really?

Despite reports of the demise of church attendance and giving, there has never been a better time to be a church on a mission. Here’s why.

2nd Opinion: Are Millennials different than Baby Boomers 40 years ago?

2nd Opinion: Are Millennials different than Boomers 40 years ago?

Back in the 1970s, a lot of congregational prognosticators warned the church, in general, was in the process of losing a whole demographic generation known as baby boomers. Are the Millennials any different?

Right or Wrong? Coercive clergy

Right or Wrong? Coercive clergy

Some clergy manipulate and intimidate church members, even while they claim they’re only exercising religious liberty. What should members do about it?

Down Home: Happiness is changing your wife’s flat tire. No, really

Down Home: Happiness is changing your wife’s flat tire. No, really

Every now and then, something happens in a marriage that starts out as a great annoyance and arcs into a thing of beauty.

2nd Opinion: Eric Liddell, Mama C & Baylor football on Sunday

2nd Opinion: Eric Liddell, Mama C & Baylor football on Sunday

“Everybody wants to be a Baylor Bear today!” Robert Griffin’s assessment of McLane Stadium’s opening was accurate, concise and simply astonishing to any long-time Baylor fan.

Right or Wrong: Passages in life

Isn’t life really a matter of transitions during which value formation’s ebbs and flows may be discerned only in retrospect?

Down Home: Sundays, oxen and a peppercorn cannon

Down Home: Sundays, oxen and a peppercorn cannon

Sometimes, the most carefully devised plans blow up like a peppercorn cannon. At least that’s what happened the other Sunday afternoon.

2nd Opinion: Entertained by angels?

2nd Opinion: Entertained by angels?

When my friend told me his story of getting help from a mysterious stranger in a Honduran airport, I thought of a Bible verse.

Guest Editorial: A few sanity-savers as school gets under way

Guest Editorial: A few sanity-savers as school gets under way

If not already, pretty soon, the sunscreen-shined SUV seats will be covered in permission slips, after-school snacks and random articles of clothing shucked en route to after-school activities.

2nd Opinion: Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

2nd Opinion: Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

Warfare never is pretty. Hatred and intolerance are nothing new, even in a land supposedly founded on tolerance and respect. “Man’s inhumanity to man” is a recurring theme in every age.

Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

We’re told we should contextualize the gospel, but this sounds like watering it down or forfeiting important principles. So, what nonessential gospel elements can be contextualized?

Guest editorial: “I have depression”

Guest editorial: “I have depression”

I have depression. I do. There’s no point pretending I don’t. I could pretend, but the truth will make itself known eventually.

Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

More than most celebrity deaths, the passing of Robin Williams hit hard at our home. The barrage of articles and comments on the Internet indicates we were not alone.

2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way. Imagine Congress being that capable.

Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

How can a minister take unpopular stands on important issues and still express care for the congregation?

 
 
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