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Letters: Delivered from Chinese imprisonment

(Updated) My wife, Anita, and I serve International Baptist Church of Hong Kong. I want to share a praise item, which we were not able to broadcast 11 months ago because of security issues with one of our mission friends.

       
Dairy Queen

Down Home: Missed opportunities and the heart of God

The last time we gathered on this spot, I told you about the experience my grandson, Ezra, and I had at the Dairy Queen.

       
In Touch

In Touch: Proud of our directors of missions

Hello, Texas Baptists. I am, like so many of you, grateful for the work and ministry of our directors of missions in our associations. Recently, at Mount Lebanon Retreat and Conference Center , I had an opportunity to speak to many DOMs as they had gathered for their team meeting. They do good work, and I’m proud to be supportive.

hardage david130David HardageComing up on Sunday, June 2, at Independence Baptist Church, the Baptist General Convention of Texas will recognize two wonderful longtime, faithful servants with our first-ever Texas Baptists Legacy Awards. The Elder Statesman Award previously was given to deserving individuals but has been discontinued. This year, we are so delighted to honor Wilma Reed of First Baptist Church in Cleburne and Bob Feather of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. If you can come that day, please do. If you’d like to stay for lunch, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks to Kyle Morton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Port Arthur, for allowing me to enjoy a wonderful Sunday morning with him and this good church not long ago. I appreciate the history of First Baptist Church and am excited for their future as they move to a new location.

Your BGCT staff gathered in your Baptist Building May 7 and 8 for fellowship, worship, planning and prayer. I appreciate the commitment these men and women have to the Lord, his church and this convention. And a special thanks to Clint and Martha Twaddell of First Baptist Church in Cleburne  for cooking a great lunch for all of us May 7. It was awesome!

One of the great joys of ministry came my way Saturday, May 11. I officiated a wedding ceremony for a young lady who grew up in Sulphur Springs, where I was her pastor. I was thrilled to unite in marriage Carroll Bonner and Grady Crowson at First Baptist Church of Waco .

I do hope you are planning to attend The Gathering July 14-17 in San Antonio. This is the name of this year’s Texas Baptist annual meeting. We’ll join the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, the African-American Fellowship and all other ethnic fellowships for one big family gathering. It will be worth your time, and I hope you can come.

If you plan on attending this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Houston June 9-12, please plan to stop by our BGCT booth for a visit and some free stuff.

Congratulations to all of our spring graduates. Now, let’s hope and pray for gainful employment. Their parents will appreciate our support!

 

--David Hardage is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

 

       

Editorial: Abercrombie, Fitch and who we welcome

Are you cool enough for Abercrombie & Fitch? Chances are, the answer is “No.”

       
2nd Amendment

Letters: 2nd Amendment in context

When the Second Amendment was adopted more than 200 years ago, this new nation had no standing army.

       
Demystifying the ministerial calling

2nd Opinion: Demystifying the ministerial calling

It is time to demystify our language about what it means to be “called” and how we exercise our giftedness.

       
Kountze cheerleaders

Editorial: Cheerleaders win, but what about the cause of Christ?

Kountze’s Scripture-quoting cheerleaders won the latest round in their battle to paint Bible verses on run-through signs at football games.

       
In Touch

In Touch: Encampments deserve our support

We hosted the managers of our Texas Baptist encampments and retreat centers here in your Baptist Building. I hope you’ll join me in praying for great summer experiences at all of these camps.

       
Mother—a special woman of quiet resilience

2nd Opinion: Mother—a special woman of quiet resilience

In a time of reflection—which happens a lot lately—his mind combs back to his first memory of the two. It’s not easy, because like all mothers and sons, they both were there at the beginning.

       
RIght or Wrong?

Right or Wrong? Too much priesthood of believer

I’m tired of people promoting their divisive, individualistic beliefs, then ducking for protection behind “the priesthood of the believer.” How can we reach a balanced consensus on what this phrase means in our churches?

       
ice cream

Down Home: You can’t dry tears with ice cream

Sometimes, grandparenting is harder than it looks. Although, judging by the faces of the folks surrounding Ezra and me in Dairy Queen, it probably looks hard sometimes, too.

       
Hunger Offering

Commentary: A chain of love—mother to mother to mother

Ferrell Foster says he can best honor his mother on Mother's Day "if I reflect her kindness and giving spirit by giving to meet the needs of others" through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.

       
Overcoming fear

Editorial: Love can overcome fear of ‘the world’

If we love God’s creation—even the people who challenge and contradict and hate us—we can be instruments that drive out fear.

       
Tsarnaevs

2nd Opinion: Isolated in America

I wonder if social isolation—not extremist religion or Chechen roots—explains the two brothers who set off bombs during the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 170.

       
Letters Payday Loans

Letters: Payday loans & free markets

Regarding the debate about payday lending: I'm a passionate believer in the free market...

       
 
 
 
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