DOWN HOME: A long road trip & deep gratitude

According to MapQuest, 573.17 miles separate my home in Coppell from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Funny, but it only seems like 570.

IN FOCUS: Pray for ‘something transformational’

As we gather in Fort Worth for our 2008 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting Nov. 10-11, let’s pray God will give us a dream as big as the needs of Texas.

Quotes in the news

“We weren’t trying to pick a fight. We just did a story on a ... trend in a lot of churches.”--Teresa Hairston

RIGHT or WRONG? Extent of the pastoral call

A little graceful clarification can be helpful in avoiding conflict between a pastor and his congregation.

2nd Opinion: God transcends political parties

God is not a Republican, nor a Democrat. In fact, God is the consummate independent.

Second Opinion: How to bring change to America

Vote wisely, vote your Christian conscience, and if you are involved in politics, serve wisely and sincerely. But remember that we can far more substantially change America by sharing the hope of Christ and by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

DOWN HOME: Hard lesson learned from an old laptop

After my new iphone started working like a phone-directory-calendar, I got greedy. I wanted my tunes in there, too. That's when the trouble started.

In Focus: Toughest job in the whole church

As a pastor and a son of a pastor, I believe the most difficult role in the church is the pastor’s wife.

Quotes in the News: Daily bread and forgiveness of debt

The Lord’s Prayer petitions for daily bread and for the forgiveness of our debts and of debtors. In rescuing the U.S. economy, our leaders and Congress must ensure that both are done at the same time, too.”--David Beckmann, Bread for the World

RIGHT or WRONG? Church conflict

When a congregation has spiritual health, it resolves its conflicts in Christlike ways.

Opinion: Remembering how to be Jesus' people

GusheeThis morning I was reading in 1 Peter 2, "Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk."

DOWN HOME: Abiding affection from Norman

After admiring the paintings of Norman Rockwell, Marv wouldn't mind changing his name to Norman.

IN FOCUS: Where was God during Hurricane Ike?

How can a loving God allow my child to be sick, or my job to be lost or our home to be destroyed? Where is God when these crises occur?

Quotes in the News

"When you get into the hurt of people, you get to know a little bit about the heart of God." --Mike Barrera, Pastor of United Baptist Church in Laredo

RIGHT or WRONG? Polygamy

State laws preclude multiple spouses, but what is a New Testament/Christian argument against polygamy?
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