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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.
       

Quotes in the News

“If I were advising him, I’d tell him to give a one-line speech and say, ‘Hey, at least I’m not a Muslim.’” --Arsalan Iftikhar
       

RIGHT or WRONG: Interfaith dialogue

As I understand Baptist distinctives, we should be in conversation with people of all faith traditions. But our church is becoming much more internally directed.
       

DOWN HOME: Five signs that ‘the end’ is near

Here are some signs we may be on the verge of the apocalypse, in ascending order of shockability.
       

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Regular grace and Amazing Grace.
       

Quotes in the News

“After Mass, I used to hug kids. No way I'm going to hug a kid now." --Catholic priest Tom Reese
       

IN FOCUS: Texas Baptists key on ‘Spreading Hope’

“Spreading Hope” is the theme for this year’s Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in McAllen, Nov. 8-10.
       

2nd Opinion: Faith, foreign policy & Christians

Do you send or support missions in other countries? Is a veteran in your congregation returning from Iraq or Afghanistan? Are your church members relocating around the globe for school, work or for short-term missions? The you need to be concerned with U.S. foreign policy.
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Short-term missions

I have a chance to participate with other churches and denominations in short-term international missions, but some of my church friends say such involvement is anti-Baptist and even anti-gospel.
       

DOWN HOME: Lifetime blessing on ‘Forty Acres’

Some places are holy and timeless. That’s what the campus of our alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University, is for Joanna and me.
       

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“I figured out why I’m struggling to digest the ‘meat of the word.’ I’m a spiritual vegetarian.”
       

Right or Wrong: Women pastors

I am a woman who heard God’s call to pastoral ministry. But I’m hesitant about following that call and attending seminary, because so many Baptists oppose women pastors. I’m not interested in changing denominations. What do you suggest?
       
 
 
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