RIGHT or WRONG? Painful church experience

A Barna survey revealed an extraordinary percentage of Americans no longer attend church because of some painful experience. What has happened to cause the place identified as “a hospital for sinners” or put forward as “sanctuary” to be avoided by so many people? What can we do?

DOWN HOME: No pie, low score; still a great trip

Knowledgeable fans don’t associate “defensive powerhouse” with “six-man football.” But we managed to choose a defensive donnybrook for our Second Annual Six-Man Football Outing.

Quotes in the News

“All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not.” --Alan Chambers

2nd Opinion: Rangers teach lessons to church

The Texas Rangers won the American League pennant and played in the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The temptation is too strong to pass on the opportunity to share some things the Rangers could teach the church.

IN FOCUS: What an event, down in the Valley

Those who showed up in McAllen and experienced the Valley hospitality, the dynamic worship, the moving ministry experiences and the warm fellowship will thank God for this memorable time.

RIGHT or WRONG? Civil rights and immigration

What lessons from the Civil Rights Movement can and should be applied to the recent Arizona immigration law, as well as any larger American debate over immigration?

DOWN HOME: No, Topanga, leave that gecko alone

Life would be better if we would just do what our Master tells us to do.

Quotes in the News

“Audiences are often smarter than they’re given credit for. And I think they’re often drawn to films that raise genuine questions about our lives that demand a real ponder.” --Edward Norton

2nd Opinion: The deacon-pastor fellowship

No other group in all Christendom shares a more blessed fellowship than pastor and deacons. Ordained for a common cause, we share a spiritual kinship from which emerge some of the sweetest relationships this side of heaven.

IN FOCUS: Sharing the hope of Christ in the Valley

Texas Baptists launched Texas Hope 2010 from the border between El Paso and Brownsville. This week, we are back in McAllen to announce Hope 1:8.

RIGHT or WRONG? Baptist controversy

When and how will peace-makers attempt to end the corrosive denominational conflict, which goes against the grain of Baptist distinctives?

DOWN HOME: Does God care who wins at sports?

In the young-adult Sunday school—oh, yeah, Bible study—class I teach, we were offering prayer requests. “Don’t forget the Rangers,” someone called out.

2nd Opinion: God provides strength for the day

Tresa Muir McNeal, a physician and member of First Baptist Church in Temple, found that caring for her mother, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, led her to believe that "somehow, some way this experience must draw us and others closer to God."

Reading the Culture: Is America a Christian nation?

Midterm elections are upon us. Once again, we hear that America was founded as a Christian nation. For perspective, I turned to The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch and George Marsden. Although nearly 30 years old, this exploration by three of America’s finest church historians proved fascinating.

IN FOCUS: Now is the time to focus on Hope 1:8

Religious diversity is a growing challenge, but not nearly as much as increasing secularity. Apathy appears to overshadow apostasy.
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