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Voices: Advent—waiting when we do not know what to expect

As we walk through Advent, let us be people who wait for the coming of God, praying we will be people—sobered and chastened—who follow that God to the ends of the earth.

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Voices: What Advent means for us in 2016

If Christians ever needed to celebrate Advent—when we remember and anticipate God “coming towards” us—it’s this year.

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Voices: God calls us to ordinary faithfulness

God wants to use you right where you are to show his glory and grace to your family and to your community. … Be faithful in what God has given you and where God has placed you.

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Voices: Unshakable joy

As we wade into the often-treacherous, stressful, anxiety-producing waters of this holiday season, may our love toward one another answer any question of who we are and whose we are.

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Voices: I will put others before myself in church

It’s time to put others before ourselves. … We who call ourselves followers of Jesus must do like Jesus and serve one another.

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Voices: Pondering Ten Commandments for the long haul through life

Veteran pastor Kyle Childress offers 10 commandments for living a faithful Christian life across the span of your life.

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Voices: Opportunity for unity in God's kingdom

God’s kingdom is now—and will certainly be in its fullness—comprised of a rich diversity of believers and traditions. If our Christian faith fails to embody this, then whose cause are we advancing?


Voices: A hope for overcoming racial and ethnic division

“A Declaration in Support of Multi-Ethnic Churches and Racial Healing” calls upon churches to transcend barriers that so easily divide Christians.

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Voices: Communion, shared meals bridge post-election chasms

In this fractious time, healing begins at the communion table and in communion around tables in the fellowship hall.


Voices: If you speak of sexual sin, speak of rape

I am here to proclaim without doubt the primary sexual sin of our time is assault. Assault is absolutely contrary to all our Christian values.


Voices: My view of the mics—gender and generational divides

The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ debate over convention membership based upon churches’ response to LGBT relationships revealed generational and gender divides that may spell the end of the state convention.


Voices: Confession vs. creed

If Texas Baptists continue to be a confessional people, we must consider the ramifications of the lines we draw for partnership, affiliation and fellowship. Now is an important time to consider what it means to be a Baptist.

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Voices: Confusing conformity with cooperation

When creedalism demands conformity, who says where the lines are drawn? Will conventions define faith for local churches? Or will congregations of faithful Christians cooperate together, trusting that Christ is the Lord of life and death?


Voices: Government, God and radical hospitality

Whether we believe government is evil, neutral or a force for good, maybe being “wise as serpents” means using it to empty ourselves of our savior complex, so that we can practice the radical hospitality Jesus calls us to.

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Voices: Harsh words and the state of our hearts

What we say and how we say it matters. Jesus tells us, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What do your words and the way in which you say those words say about the state of your heart?

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