2nd Opinion: Lending practices & theology

The Baptist Church Loan Corporation believes in the "theology of a loan," which recognizes the inherent God-given dignity of each person we serve as we hope to help turn dreams into reality.

IN TOUCH: Good news, from Dallas to Rosenberg

David Hardage has been travelling the state encouraging Texas Baptist ministries.

Right or Wrong? Spiritual disciplines

We have joined a church that emphasizes "spiritual disciplines." I grew up admonished to resist anything that resembles salvation by works. Is this what we've gotten ourselves into?

DOWN HOME: Poignant news from 'a sunny dirt road'

You never know when you'll turn a page and stumble back in time. This happened the other day, as I read the latest edition of one of my newsmagazines. A three-word headline leaped from the page, overwhelmed my memory banks and carried me more than 20 years into the past.

EDITORIAL: Winsome witness to repulsive religion

Wherever you turn, it seems, you see Americans arguing about religion. Small wonder, then, the fastest-growing religious group in the nation is composed of the "nones," or people who say they have no religious affiliation.

Quotes in the News

"Appealing to voters along religious lines is divisive. It is contrary to the American ideal of including all Americans in the political process, regardless of whether they are members of large and powerful religious groups, religious minorities or subscribe to no faith tradition." --Interfaith statement

Reading the Culture: God's strength in suffering

Nancy Guthrie lost two children to the same rare disease. Out of her unspeakable pain, she compiled a profound anthology, Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose & Provision in Suffering (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2010).

2nd Opinion: When your community is unsettled

If you find yourself in an embattled community, one in which the line is being drawn, and people are beginning to gather on one side or the other, I recommend the following, and not because I am the model. The goal is to hold the community together.



"We can help. We're carpenter ants."

In Touch: History, hospitals, churches & schools

A few days ago, I, along with the members of the Texas Baptists Missions Foundation board of directors, had the opportunity to tour the Texas Baptist Historical Collection.

Texas Baptist Forum

Thirty million Christians did not vote in 2008, and yet our nation's future is in our hands.

Right or Wrong? Protest

People are angry regarding global, national and personal finances. How can Christians appropriately express their opinions in difficult times?

DOWN HOME: A little dog & the door locker

Topanga, the world's greatest dog, sometimes reminds me of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Nope, Topanga can't sing a note. And she'd look doggone silly in a nun's habit. But she's not shy about emphasizing—actually, begging for—a few of her favorite things.

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