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Quotes in the News

“Our faith intersects society at many points, including the political process. I am driven not by partisanship but by theology.” --Richard Bridges
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Words matter

Words matter. So, I felt put off when speakers at a Baptist meeting filled the air with ministerial jargon, insider language, clichés and sexist comments. Can such misuse of language help explain the decline in church attendance and Christian commitment?
       

DOWN HOME: A letter to Ezra, my 1st grandchild

The moment your wail blared out the birthing-room door and across the hall, my heart did backflips. Nana, your daddy’s mother, and I looked at each other and proclaimed, “Ezra’s here!”
       

Opinion: In Tucson’s shadow, hurting & healing together

In Tucson, when the president pursed his lips and paused as he spoke of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the heart of every parent in the nation also pursed and paused.
       

2nd Opinion: ‘Nones’ require recovered witness

Recent polls show a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who self-identify as having no religious affiliation.  If these "nones" are increasing, then who are they and what might their identity suggest for the church?
       

In Focus: Gratitude to—and for—Texas Baptists

There is no other family as uniquely gifted as the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Our past reminds us of a remarkable impact on our state, nation and even our world.
       

Quotes in the News

“Sometimes, I think evangelicals come at people so hard and so fast and don’t take time to listen to where somebody is. We can just try to have a lighter touch sometimes.” --Condoleezza Rice
       

Reading the Culture: Kit Carson and the self-made soul

We Texans still admire the self-made success who rises to prominence through unaided toil and grit. But self-sufficiency is spiritual suicide.
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Leave Christianity in the name of Christ

Novelist Anne Rice recently said, “I leave Christianity in the name of Christ.” Is it possible to remain faithful to Christ while leaving Christianity?
       

DOWN HOME: Frosty the Snowman says: Mail your tithe

The other day, I read a news story that claimed 2010 was the warmest year on record. I had a hard time reading because I was shivering so hard I could hardly focus on the words.
       

Comment: Time to reflect on women's honored place in the gospel story


Women are honored in the Christmas story and throughout the narratives of Jesus's ministry. But something happened, and the honor Jesus gave women was taken away from them.

       

Quotes in the News

“Advent is a season of both preparation and repentance. Christians are not only preparing for the celebration of the birth of a Savior. We are also preparing ourselves to stand before Christ at his second coming with pure hearts, clean minds and blameless spirits.” --Kevin Johnson
       

2nd Opinion: Christmas, from outside the box

Think back on your most-memorable Christmases. Those memories have little to do with Santa Claus or presents or decorations. When we recall our fondest Christmases, they never came wrapped in paper and tied with a ribbon.
       

IN FOCUS: Thanks for God’s indescribable gift

It continues to be incomprehensible that God would empty himself by becoming a man and humble himself by death on the cross that we might have life.
       

Reading the Culture: Authentic joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” We will sing Isaac Watts’ famous words across this Christmas season, but how many of us will feel what we sing? How can we?
       
 
 
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