Commentary: The inaugural mall

If you were among those on the National Mall in Washington, the inauguration was an experience of awakening.

DOWN HOME: Getting an earful from the doctor

Marv realizes he’ll have to live with the body—and the ears—the good Lord gave him.

IN FOCUS: Sharing the hope of Christ

The book Concentric Circles of Concern explains how to share the gospel within each of our  personal spheres of influence.

Quotes in the News

“In the words of Scripture, the time has come to ‘set aside childish things.’" --President Barak Obama

RIGHT or WRONG: What does integrity look like

What does integrity look like, so we can recognize it in candidates for our church?

2nd Opinion: Advice for a new year: Remember

Several historical milestones occurring in 2009 offer religious communities and their spiritual leaders some extraordinary teaching moments. These milestones demand attention within America’s churches, synagogues and mosques.

IN FOCUS: Pray for revival of Christ’s hope in ’09

Christ may heal us of our illnesses, or he may not. We may be spared from the downsizing in our jobs, but we may not. Either way, our hope in Christ is secure.

Quotes in the News

“I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition. I’m not trying to make a statement one way or another. I’ll do what everybody else does.”--President-elect Barack Obama

RIGHT or WRONG? Ministerial abuse

Misuse of money, sex and power are besetting sins for ministers and church members alike. But we barely talk about these matters. Where can we begin?

DOWN HOME: Topanga, grace and an Oklahoma trooper

Across the Red River,  Marv received grace from a stranger who could’ve served justice.

Commentary: A Tale of Two Attitudes

Although we definitely are not living in the worst of times, we certainly are experiencing the toughest economy in recent years. Challenging times can fortify our faith, strengthen our character and deepen our resolve.

Commentary: Let us be the voice of the voiceless in the Congo

A Baptist pastor pleads for peace in the conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo that has created hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The Coming of the New Ark to Jerusalem: A Christmas Story

When newly-pregnant Mary, the 14-year-old who was still virgin, traveled from Nazareth to the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who lived on the edge of Jerusalem, the incident was really the new coming of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

2nd Opinion: From Incarnation to 2nd Coming

The nation with financial fears plus the hurts of war must not turn from Christmas.

DOWN HOME: An icy Christmas not to be forgotten

A close call on icy roads emphasized the meaning of Christmas and family and home.
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