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2nd Opinion: When your pastor is way, way off

2nd Opinion: When your pastor is way, way off

I admit I don’t love my pastor. I have prayed for him once and once gave $10 to the church, but I still can’t say I love him. I mean he’s just weird.

First Person: The Vacation Bible School Purse

First Person: The Vacation Bible School Purse

My mother-in-law, Leta Thorp Howell, was an early proponent of Vacation Bible Schools in Texas. In fact, she may hold the record for the most Vacation Bible Schools conducted in the state.

Down Home: A Mary ol’ time at the food-truck window

Down Home: A Mary ol’ time at the food-truck window

Calling people by name is a Christian virtue. (I should know).

2nd Opinion: Longing for peace as rockets fall

2nd Opinion: Longing for peace as rockets fall

In front of our eyes, we watched missiles hit a Syrian “rebel” city, and rockets blowing up God knows what—but more importantly to me, God knows who. I could not believe what I saw.

Right or Wrong? High-church liturgy

Right or Wrong? High-church liturgy

Some young adults say they find “high church” liturgy quite attractive. Why do they feel that way? And if we try to satisfy these people, will we turn our backs on important Baptist distinctives?

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2nd Opinion: Opportunity knocks. But is it of the Lord?

When opportunity knocks, is it “of the Lord” or a temptation from the enemy?

Down Home: How to be your wife’s hero

Down Home: How to be your wife’s hero

OK, husbands, here’s the key to gaining your spouse’s approval and affirmation, as well as possibly even “You’re so great! I thank God I married you!”

Right or Wrong? Church insurance review

Right or Wrong? Church insurance review

Our church’s insurance carrier insisted we conduct a risk/safety assessment of our property, business plan and ministries. What does that mean? Where do we start?

First Person: Little wandering souls

First Person: Little wandering souls - a desperate situation

It broke our hearts to see their faces—small children, some scared, many not really understanding why they were here, looking totally lost and hopeless.

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2nd Opinion: The vulgarity of blindness toward poverty

We pay for insanely rich sports figures to entertain us, but we’re willing to allow 20 percent of American children to live in poverty. That’s vulgar.

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Right or Wrong? Church 'hierarchy'

Friends say they left church because of its top-down organization and minimal emphasis on spiritual direction. How did we get into this situation? How can we get out of it?

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2nd Opinion: A metaphor for growing churches

In recent years, I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to metaphors that communicate clearly what a healthy church or minister is like. There are many, but the one I keep returning to is the garden.

Down Home: Brick, mortar and a lone star by the door

Down Home: Brick, mortar and a lone star by the door

On weekends, I take satisfaction in doing chores. Actually, that’s not right. I take satisfaction in completing chores.

2nd Opinion: Pastors grieve, too

2nd Opinion: Pastors grieve, too

For many clergy, funeral work is one of the most demanding aspects of ministry. Yet most pastors are unable to express their grief the way others might.

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2nd Opinion: If the Internet isn’t killing religion, what is?

Is the Internet killing religion? No. U.S. religion went into decline 30 years before the Internet became commercially available.

 
 
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