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

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

Reading the Culture: Are we Rome?

Is America destined to go the way of the Roman Empire?

RIGHT or WRONG? Women deacons

Our church is thinking about electing women deacons. But some members claim this is another example of contemporary liberalism taking over our theology. Is this so?

IN FOCUS: Time to celebrate Resurrection Sunday

Why do we spend a month celebrating the birth of Jesus, which fills two or three chapters in our gospels, and only a few days celebrating the week of Crucifixion and Resurrection, which is detailed in about half of the Gospel of John?

Quotes in the News

“When we lose our golf ball in the weeds, we go looking for it. When we lose our soul in the weeds, God comes looking for us.” --Jim Denison

RIGHT or WRONG? Fair pay

Many Christian institutions provide comparatively low pay and relatively weak benefits but still advertise for positions with the phrase “enjoy working in a Christian atmosphere.” Isn’t this hypocritical?

2nd Opinion: Last & most persistent temptation

Christ's temptation was to live a normal life instead of going to the Cross.

DOWN HOME: Grasslands run: Invigorating misery

“Well, this is the most memorable half marathon I’ve ever run,” my buddy Peter said, somewhere around the nine- or 10-mile point of the Grasslands Half Marathon. Understatement.


Cartoon: Donkey observations

2nd Opinion: See Jesus in people who know him

I’ve learned the best way to see Jesus is in the people who know him.

IN FOCUS: Where is God in our times of crisis?

I recently participated in a worship service at a Baptist World Alliance meeting where we received direct reports about the devastation of Haiti and Chile following the destructive earthquakes.

Quotes in the news

“We know what it means to care for children through extended families. We are committed to work on behalf of those who are most vulnerable in the aftermath of this tragedy and to labor to help children know safety, security and nurturing care.” --David Goatley

RIGHT or WRONG? Strategic planning

In deacons’ meeting, our pastor suggested strategic planning for our congregation. He received responses like, “We’ve never done that” and “Seems like a waste of time and energy.” Not only did this affect our pastor negatively, but I also think we are missing an opportunity. What do you think?

DOWN HOME: How to run a half marathon

Shame is a powerful motivator. That’s how I came to be shivering in the middle of Houston Street in downtown Fort Worth early on a frigid Saturday morning.


All Peter's practice as a boy will one day pay off.
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