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Human Rights Day 2016

Editorial: Stand up for someone’s rights today

Because of realities abroad and threats at home, Christians must stand up for religious liberty. Let’s observe Human Rights Day, Dec. 11, by committing to educate ourselves and others, then by speaking up for those who endure religious persecution and denial of basic rights.

       
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Letters: What about a split? And Christmas

Letters this week respond to a recent editorial about what Baptists lose when they split, and discuss saying, “Merry Christmas.”

       
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Guest editorial: Thick beats thin every time

If we don’t like “thick” fundamentalism or “thick” nationalism, it’s up to us to offer hearty, compelling alternatives.

       
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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.

       

Counterpoint: Texas Baptists, what have we just lost?

For generations, the Baptist General Convention of Texas was conservative but provided a place to belong for less-conservative congregations. The membership policy approved at the 2016 BGCT annual meeting untethers those churches and their members—a big deal, asserts David Currie, former leader of Texas Baptists Committed.

       
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Eric Black: Transparent approach to God's call

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Eric Black, pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington.

       

Point: Sorting out the BGCT, LGBT and Baptist autonomy

An appeal to “church autonomy” does not prohibit the Baptist General Convention of Texas from removing congregations that defy principles generally accepted by the majority of the convention’s affiliated churches, notes Truett Seminary’s Roger Olson.

       
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Heiligman: In Jesus, the awaited Promise arrived

The wait is over! God’s plan to defeat Satan and sin has been executed. The long-awaited promise of blessing has arrived. Jesus has come! He is Immanuel, God with us! Let us therefore celebrate this reality like never before this Christmas season.

       
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In Touch: Open house, retreat, annual meeting, officers, book, gospel

This week, BGCT Executive Director David Hardage discusses an open house at the convention's Executive Board offices, as well as other events and developments across the state.

       
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Commentary: In praise of ‘old school’ discipleship

The process for making disciples has a lot in common with “old school” vending machines, Texas Baptist missionary Ernie Rice insists.

       
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Commentary: Understand development to provide care for grieving children

The Christmas season is not all joy. For many—children included—holidays are a renewed time of grief. Understanding how our children develop helps us care for them when they grieve.

       

Editorial: What happens when Baptists split?

Baptists lose far more than numbers when we part company.

       
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Fields: Obedience equals power

The degree to which we are obedient to the commands of Christ in any situation determines how much supernatural empowerment we receive from the Holy Spirit to be fruitful in that situation.

       
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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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