Texas Baptist Forum: Praying over Christmas cards

Prayer cards

Last year, when I was about to discard the Christmas cards we received, my wife suggested I keep them and pray each day for a person/family/business who sent a card. I did so and found it a great blessing for my life during my quiet time.

Other Baptist Standard readers may want to do the same.

Danny Andrews



Texas Baptist ForumFantastic belief

Scientist Stephen Hawking warned: “We’re acting with reckless indifference to the future on planet Earth. It will be difficult to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.”

Why is humanity hell-bent on destroying the world? Has humanity lost its moral compass, if it ever had a real one? Numerous people, disappointed in church and religion, are embracing atheism, but they’re throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Maybe the time has come to replace the archaic and man-made concept of God with science-based understanding. However, despite the fact that 10,000 scientists are working on the Large Hadron Collider, in trying to recreate the Big Bang and looking for the God particle, not one scientist came out and admitted, perhaps for fear of ridicule, that before the Big Bang—and as the cause—there was and is a Super-Intelligence, who is as invisible and intangible as is our mind.

It may take many years before that happens, since even Hawking says, “The universe can create itself spontaneously out of nothing and it has no creator.” Is belief in God any less fantastic? Is it too much of a conjecture to presume the Big Bang was designed, just like any seed, with the anthropic principle and the process of creavolution, to produce, in time, exactly what exists today?

As Hawking notes, every year lost in curbing the violence of man against man and nature will require eons for the earth to heal itself, and nobody really knows the day of no return.

Gunther Ostermann

Kelowna, British Columbia


Ministry training hub

I write to commend to Texas Baptists the administration, faculty and students of Zarephath Bible Institute in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

The institute is becoming the hub for evangelical ministry training in northeast Pakistan and several surrounding countries. For 27 years, it has been following its vision of training young men and women to be servant leaders for the churches.

With the support of our church, I recently had the privilege of teaching a two-week term in the institute’s new English-language Master of Divinity program. My experience there and in other parts of Pakistan was very positive. The church of Jesus Christ there is boldly moving forward in the face of challenging circumstances.

If others have an interest in teaching a two-week term in the M.Div. program at the institute, they may contact me at jtramsey@suddenlinknet or (903) 657-3973. I will be happy to share my experiences and get them in touch with our missionaries who have observed the institute up close for some time.

Check out the institute’s website at and a link to a brief video found at

John T. Ramsey




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