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Commentary: Decision on Islamic Center in tradition of religious liberty

New York City officials have taken care to treat the planned Islamic center the same way they would treat plans for a YMCA or Jewish community center in this space.  In so doing, these officials have honored core dictates of religious freedom.
       

Commentary: BWA participation provokes stewardship

The Baptist World Alliance convenes our World Congress this week. Baptist Christians from more than 500 hundred countries are represented by the BWA. Among the very good friends that we will see are our mission partners from the countries supported by the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, India and the Philippines.
       

Cartoon

“When I said a higher power was here, I meant the electrical lineman.”
       

IN FOCUS: Southern Baptists miss out on BWA

I believe it is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to come back to the Baptist World Alliance. The SBC held a leadership role from the founding of the BWA in 1905 until a few years ago, when it voted to withdraw.
       

Quotes in the News

“I prayed multiple times a day, sang hymns with emotion and tears, felt each time that it wouldn't happen again, read the Bible every morning. ... So how in the world did I have a ‘torrid’—which is an accurate word—many-year affair?” --Mark Souder
       

Reading the Culture: Does morality require religion?

DenisonDoes morality require religion? This question was the topic for a debate in which I participated recently with the Dallas Philosopher’s Forum.

       

RIGHT or WRONG? Bio-ethics

As medicine implements stem-cell research, genetic engineering and other scientific achievements, are we violating the created will of God?
       

DOWN HOME: Pondering Popo, but looking ahead

Popo’s been on my mind all week. I always think about Mother’s father a lot this time of year. His birth day was Aug. 2—the same day as this edition of the Baptist Standard—104 years ago.
       

Commentary: Religion and Foreign Policy

Once considered a private matter by western policymakers, religion is now playing an increasingly influential role – both positive and negative – in the public sphere.
       

Cartoon

“About the fruit of the Spirit: Does a raspberry from sliding into second count?"
       

2nd Opinion: Bigger barns & mega-churches

How can we justify multi-million-dollar fund-raising campaigns for mega-churches when on any given day, 79,000 people in Texas live on the streets?
       

IN FOCUS: God listens for our cries for revival

Revival does not come through the courts, or the state house, or Wall Street, or public schools. It comes when God’s people get right with him.
       

Quotes in the News

“If the new conservative coalition is going to be a governing coalition, it’s going to have to have a significant number of Hispanics in it." -- Richard Land
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Repenting of racism

How can our church correct a long-standing issue of racial prejudice?
       

DOWN HOME: Precious sound: tiny heartbeat

I predict Jo and I will feel like we’re ready to be grandparents by the time she or he enters this world.
       
 
 
 
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