Quotes in the News

“Churches need to realize that kids are not the church of the future; they are the church of the present. The church is not merely to reach the adults, but to reach the entire body of Christ.”--Donald Ratcliff

RIGHT or WRONG? Emerging Church

Our church just hired a pastor who is young enough to be the child of many members. His language about “the emerging church,” “postmodernism” and “interfaith dialogue” distresses older members.

DOWN HOME: Top Christmas gift to arrive later

Our family’s greatest news of the Christmas season provided a harbinger of one of our grandest events of 2010: Lindsay is expecting a baby.

2nd Opinion: A tale for both Christmas & Easter

My favorite nonbiblical Christmas story has always been How the Grinch Stole Christmas. That, for sure, could have nothing to do with the Christ story from the Gospel of Luke, right? Well, yes and no.

IN FOCUS: Participate in Day of Hope and Prayer

The foundation for Texas Hope 2010 always has been prayer. I am unfamiliar with any noteworthy awakening that was not preceded by a significant commitment to prayer by God’s people.

Quotes in the News

“Christmas leads to Calvary." --Jim Denison

RIGHT or WRONG? Ethical pastor search

I’m chairing our pastor-search committee, and we haven’t found many resources to help us. Can you suggest ethical guidelines for our committee to keep in mind?

DOWN HOME: A little praise for long road trips

If you’re part of a family that shovels the kids into the ol’ vehicle and takes out on a long car trip at Christmas, I’ve got one word to say to you: Lucky.

Opinion: The advent of Christmas craziness

The United States’ habit of Christmas craziness began, just like reminders of the holiday season itself, early this year.

Switzerland ban on Islamic minarets only heightens tensions

Swiss voters supported a referendum to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland. The ban certainly runs contrary to Switzerland’s reputation as a bastion of freedom and tolerance. And it will only exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims.


Cartoon: David ignores some sound advice.

Quotes in the News

“To say we are made in God’s image means we have been made in the image of generosity. True spirituality means God has given us something we didn’t deserve that we, in turn, authentically offer to others in a spirit of generosity.”--Glen Schmucker

2nd Opinion: It’s looking a lot like ... Advent

In early October when I made a quick stop in a local discount store, I couldn’t help but notice the strange combination of products in the promotional section near the front of the store.

IN FOCUS: Offering hope for a new decade

Time magazine describes this past 10 years as “The Decade from Hell” in its Dec. 7 cover story. Where were Texas Baptists?

RIGHT or WRONG? The Sabbath

Many leadership programs create the tyranny of the urgent.  What does the concept of Sabbath mean in this context?
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