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'Les Misérables' and reaching for grace

 
COMMENTARY: The release of Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables film couldn’t have been more timely than at the end of a difficult year.

       

Commentary: Time for gun owners to lead

I believe it is time those of us who own guns face some common-sense reality and lead in calling for the enactment of effective gun laws that meet the constitutionality test. Gun owners need to lead the effort to stop these horrible tragedies.

       

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Coming Soon


Jesus promises, “I am coming soon.” Indeed, these are the words we’ve been waiting for. Yes, Lord, but when? What restless souls we are.

       

Commentary: Christmas in Connecticut

How can the children who survived the Newtown massacre, the parents of those who died, the teachers, the community or anyone in the nation have Christmas now?
       

Commentary: Christian compassion demands care for the mentally ill

I am convinced that loving my brother who is sick means that I have to find a way to address that illness. This includes my brother who is mentally ill.

       

Third Sunday of Advent: Longing for Fulfillment

To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna" (Revelation 2:17). We are all really longing for more than temporal fulfillment.
       

Quotes in the News

“When we were children, we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” --G.K. Chesterton
       

2nd Opinion: Rescuing Christmas with Advent

Here’s a proposal for the postmodern church: Let’s give up on “the Christmas Season.” Let’s make Advent—the four weeks of prepping for Christ’s “coming” into the world—our witness against the current Christmas Season hype.
       

IN TOUCH: Austin, Hospitality House, HPU & more

congratulations to Gary Dyer and Austin Baptist Church for a dedication service of their facility.
       

Letters: 'The greatest Christmas gift'

TEXAS BAPTIST FORUM: God gave us the greatest Christmas gift about 2,000 years ago. This great gift of salvation is to be found with each of our names on it. We only need to accept and enjoy it.

       

Right or Wrong? Focus on Leadership

People emphasize “leadership” so much, it has become a buzzword. Isn’t it past time we focus on “followship”?
       

Down Home: She may be 100, but she's young at heart

Virginia Connally celebrated with family and friends when she turned 100 this month. But even though she has spanned a century, the quality of her life supercedes the quantity of her years.
       

Making history while looking ahead

EDITORIAL: This is the last printed edition of the Baptist Standard. Beginning next month, we’re converting the entire newspaper to a state-of-the-art digital edition.

       

Four months invested

STUDENT MISSIONS BLOG: As I leave the city where I’ve served for four months, I can't help but be excited to return home with my family and friends. But it also saddens me to leave the life I have semi-built here in East Asia and the relationships I have formed.
       

2nd Sunday of Advent: Longing for Eternal Life


"The one who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death" (Revelation 2:11). We want to live forever. We just don’t want to die to do it.

       
 
 

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