DOWN HOME: Unexpected sorrow relieved by faith

During the past few days, our family has experienced an unimaginable high and an almost-unbearable low: Lindsay lost her baby.

Cartoon: Haman as a boy.

Cartoon: Haman as a boy.

Reading the Culture: Will America join the global awakening?

America can go the way of Europe. Or America can heed the call of God.

2nd Opinion: Thanksgiving: The opposite of faith

Why do we find it difficult to voice praise to God with any confidence for future blessings.

IN FOCUS: It’s time to change the conversation

The Global Language Monitor has announced “Twitter” is the top word for 2009. It is followed by “Obama,” “H1N1,” “stimulus” and “vampire.” The top phrases are “King of Pop,” “Obama-mania,” “climate change,” “swine flu” and “too large to fail.”

Quotes in the News

“Churches need to realize that kids are not the church of the future; they are the church of the present. The church is not merely to reach the adults, but to reach the entire body of Christ.”--Donald Ratcliff

RIGHT or WRONG? Emerging Church

Our church just hired a pastor who is young enough to be the child of many members. His language about “the emerging church,” “postmodernism” and “interfaith dialogue” distresses older members.

DOWN HOME: Top Christmas gift to arrive later

Our family’s greatest news of the Christmas season provided a harbinger of one of our grandest events of 2010: Lindsay is expecting a baby.

2nd Opinion: A tale for both Christmas & Easter

My favorite nonbiblical Christmas story has always been How the Grinch Stole Christmas. That, for sure, could have nothing to do with the Christ story from the Gospel of Luke, right? Well, yes and no.

IN FOCUS: Participate in Day of Hope and Prayer

The foundation for Texas Hope 2010 always has been prayer. I am unfamiliar with any noteworthy awakening that was not preceded by a significant commitment to prayer by God’s people.

Quotes in the News

“Christmas leads to Calvary." --Jim Denison

RIGHT or WRONG? Ethical pastor search

I’m chairing our pastor-search committee, and we haven’t found many resources to help us. Can you suggest ethical guidelines for our committee to keep in mind?

DOWN HOME: A little praise for long road trips

If you’re part of a family that shovels the kids into the ol’ vehicle and takes out on a long car trip at Christmas, I’ve got one word to say to you: Lucky.

Opinion: The advent of Christmas craziness

The United States’ habit of Christmas craziness began, just like reminders of the holiday season itself, early this year.

Switzerland ban on Islamic minarets only heightens tensions

Swiss voters supported a referendum to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland. The ban certainly runs contrary to Switzerland’s reputation as a bastion of freedom and tolerance. And it will only exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims.


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