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2nd Opinion: Faith on trial: What’s your verdict?

Many Christians around the world are on trial for their faith. The persecution of Christians in Islamic, communist and totalitarian lands is increasing at a frightening rate. Could a good case be made against you that you really are a Christian?
       

Reading the Culture: The next 100 years

Our best response to an uncertain future is to pray and work for an awakening that will bring spiritual renewal to our self-sufficient, secularized, demographically shifting culture.
       

IN FOCUS: Sunscreen, a free ride & Jesus

The money your church provides through Texas Baptists’ Cooperative Program unified budget supports college ministry on more than 120 Texas campuses. This letter is an example that reminds us of the importance of this outreach.
       

Quotes in the News

“I lost my faith that November; lost it for many, many years."--Laura Bush
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Prayer for small decisions

All my life, I’ve heard about the importance of praying when we must make a major decision. But what about small decisions? Just how should we pray and recognize God’s responses to our decisions?
       

DOWN HOME: Mama Bear always saved the day

The Berenstain Bears books taught our kids important lessons. On the down side, the lesson was usually at the expense of Papa Bear.
       

2nd Opinion: Can Christians proselytize in love?

The reason “proselytizing” has gotten a bad name is related to how it has been done, not to its substance.
       

IN FOCUS: Telling stories of Christ & Texas Baptists

Our stories hold Texas Baptists together. We share common commitments, values and vision. Yet many Christ-followers share the same. What makes us unique?
       

Quotes in the News

“It is the very fact that I cannot manipulate, coerce or control God that makes me able to trust God, for if I could overpower the Almighty, so could someone else"-- Jeanie Miley
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Water as a weapon

James Workman has written a book, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought. Is this another example of the paradoxical nature of simplified living, only applied on a global scale?
       

DOWN HOME: Cecil Sherman: No other like him

Baptists lost one of our true giants when Cecil Sherman died April 17.
       

In Focus: Was Texas Hope 2010 a success?

Now it is time to evaluate Texas Hope 2010 to learn what has happened over these past two years. Are there communities or people groups that have been neglected? How effective are the strategies and tools we are using to share the hope of Christ? How do we maintain the emphasis on prayer, care and share, not only in Texas, but throughout the nations?
       

2nd Opinion: Being upset is now all the rage

It is dangerous for the entire nation when the forces of hatred and bigotry are told they are the true patriots.
       

Quotes in the News

“People are getting totally fed up with the rule-book mentality in society as a whole. Character is what counts, not being able to check boxes on forms. … Creating more and more rules is never the way to live a fully human life.” --N.T. Wright
       

DOWN HOME: ‘You’ll be OK’: Uncertain truth

Topanga looked at me with her huge brown eyes and said, “Don’t leave me here.”
       
 
 
 
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