Mark Newton

Mark Newton: What a privilege to serve a church and community as pastor

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Mark Newton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lufkin since January 2016.

Lorenzo Ortiz

Voices: Trust, hope and lies in the New Laredo

A visit with Cuban immigrants on the Texas-New Mexico border reveals the importance of trust in human relationships.

talking diversity

Voices: The challenge of crossing cultures to understand each other

A roundtable discussion at a Baptist meeting in Waco raised all kinds of issues about transcending cultural barriers in order to understand fellow Christians.

Bible study

Voices: The 'moral guidebook' approach to Scripture isn't working

Why do more people call the Bible a “good source of morals” than a “historical account”? Morals are easy.

will campbell

Editorial: Fragmented America needs an infusion of young Will Campbells

In these fractious times, America needs leaders like the late Will Campbell, who fought for civil rights—and ministered to Klan members.


Trump and foreign aid; Trump and the NRA

Letters this week focus on a recent editorial about President Trump’s plans for foreign aid, as well as his speech to the National Rifle Association

SW rapper profs

Guest editorial: Why a racially insensitive photo by Southwestern Seminary profs matters

Preaching professors at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary created controversy—and launched a discussion about racism—when they dressed up as rappers, took a photo and posted it on Twitter. (Washington Post)

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Editorial: Christian responsibility and the president's budget

Christians must lend their voices to protect foreign aid—particularly grants that provide food, medicine and education to the world’s poorest, weakest people.

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Voices: Living faithfully in the public square today

As Christians, our commission is to be witnesses for the good of the place we live and the glory of God. Because we love God, we seek love, justice, grace and righteousness.

multcultural group

Voices: Pursuit of the multi-ethnic church

What are simple steps your church can take to become multi-ethnic? Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Church, offers four.

Dana Moore

Dana Moore: ‘The absolute joy of being used by God to bless others’

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Dana Moore, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Corpus Christi.

bivo-small church

Youth ministry, Living Water, reaching students

A youth minister’s calling is to introduce students to the Living Water of Jesus Christ—even when they don’t want to drink.

FBC Decatur

2nd Opinion: The church’s surprising public contribution

Can you name the “public contributions” made by churches? Ethicist/professor/pastor David Gushee suggests three answers. (RNS)

SCOTUS playground

Guest editorial: To avoid meddling, government should not fund churches

A Supreme Court case involving state aid for a church playground could alter the landscape of church-state relations.

church puzzle

Editorial: Ask yourself, 'How thick is my church?'

Is your church thick or thin? The answer says much about how effectively it embodies the gospel.

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