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Voices: The myth of secularism

Assuming things are dire when they really are going well sabotages our witness to the world and insults the work of the God who continues to add to our numbers daily.

       
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Voices: When God turns “Wine Into Water”

If we will give up our thoughts and our ways that take us away from creation as God intended it, and if we will accept God’s thoughts and ways, God will make us new again.

       
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Voices: May women know our churches are filled with 'men on bicycles'

Every woman and girl should know the men in our congregations are “the men on bicycles”—protective, pure, faithful and courageous.

       
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Voices: Keys to church revitalization, Part 1

What causes a congregation to seem negative during decline and exciting during revitalization? Ross Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brenham, offers some answers.

       
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Voices: Faith doesn’t require perfection

Faith does not always lead us to victorious living or our best life now. Our better life is not promised here. What is promised here is joy, hope and love in the midst of our wandering.

       
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Voices: If you have the Lord, you have everything

May the church cease to be known as anything other than the people of God’s presence.

       
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Voices: There’s one in every crowd

Does God have a unique assignment for the contrarians in every church? Maybe they’re there to convict everyone else’s conscience.

       
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Voices: Allowed ain't able, or able ain't allowed

How many families with special needs and how many senior adults are not involved in your church’s ministry because your physical space will not accommodate them?

       
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Voices: Don’t vilify the BGCT, and don’t demonize other churches

Honest, genuine grief is an appropriate response to the division within the Baptist General Convention of Texas regarding response to churches that welcome and affirm LGBT members.

       
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Voices: Harriet Tubman— ‘Moses’ to the $20 bill

African-Americans still are “biting at the bits” to secure their place and receive acknowledgment for their sound contributions to U.S. history. Harriet Tubman’s placement on the $20 bill may mark the wave of a turning tide.

       
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Voices: Lead out in civility, kindness and respect

The church constantly talks about being counter-cultural, and there is no greater way to be counter-cultural in this day and age than to be civil, kind and generous.

       
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Voices: I have good news

Speaking the truth in love is a skill that is not developed much in modern discipleship. Good evangelism must rest upon good news and not the proofs of why I am right and you are wrong.

       
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Voices: The connecting grace of becoming a Lenting Baptist

When we participate in Ash Wednesday services or in the whole of Lent, we are able to experience community with Christ-followers across the world and throughout time.

       
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Voices: 'He is your praise'

God deemed you worthy of Jesus—and that is the greatest praise you ever could receive.

       
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Voices: The ‘curse’ that arrives from within

We can’t choose life for just us. We have to choose life for our neighbors as well. Any other way leads to death for us all.

       
 
 
 
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