“Here’s the state-of-the-art gym. Here’s the coffee bar and Internet café. Oh, yeah, and this little thing over here is the new sanctuary.”

2nd Opinion: Emerging church: Threat or ally?

The tsunami of change that struck the Western world in the 20th century permanently altered the cultural landscape. The emerging church addresses this postmodern context. Most Baptists will have to jettison some modernist baggage—but not their core Baptist identity—to stay afloat in the new era.

IN FOCUS: Response to God: ‘Here am I. Send me’

As we gather in Houston this week for our annual meeting, remember the grieving families in Ft. Hood, and remember that we, too, have a mission.

Quotes in the News

“There’s a lot of actors in need of prayers. And I’m one of them.”--Anthony Michael Hall

RIGHT or WRONG? Going green

When I tried to start a recycling program at our church, I heard comments like, “Are you some kind of tree hugger?” or “This ‘green’ approach sounds like hippie stuff from the ’60s.” So, how can I get our church to do the right thing, even when some members oppose it?

DOWN HOME: Time traveling across generations

The aged photograph must be magnetized. It keeps pulling me back to gaze into an instant—a fraction of a second—sliced and preserved from a morning 82 autumns ago.


Cartoon: I just had my pacemaker adjusted...

DOWN HOME: Unintention & oscillation

Sometimes, the Law of Unintended Consequences smacks you upside the head.

IN FOCUS: Why do we need a state convention?

In a few days, messengers will gather in Houston from across Texas for our annual meeting. As we approach this time together, we should ask ourselves, “What is the primary purpose of Texas Baptists?” My answer is to reach Texas for Christ.

Quotes in the News

"All of God’s children need to be covered."--Jim Wallis

RIGHT or WRONG? Baptist heritage

Younger generations in our church don’t seem to connect with stories of Baptist heroes who dealt with the moral crises of their day. So, how can we communicate the values upon which our forebears stood?

Quotes in the News

“If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an ambulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant?”--E.J. Dionne

Cartoon: Googling sins

Cartoon: “My Internet search came up empty. I’m seeking forgiveness.”

2nd Opinion: Globalism & the future of Baptists

Baptist globalism is nothing new. It began when William Carey and his family landed in India in 1793.

IN FOCUS: Acts 1:8 world is messy and dynamic

The world of 2009 is quite different from 1985. Shouldn’t we be thinking of new and innovative ways to fulfill the Great Commission?
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