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Letters: More responses to the BGCT annual meeting

Letters this week continued readers’ reactions to the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Waco.

       
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Voices: Pondering Ten Commandments for the long haul through life

Veteran pastor Kyle Childress offers 10 commandments for living a faithful Christian life across the span of your life.

       
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Voices: Opportunity for unity in God's kingdom

God’s kingdom is now—and will certainly be in its fullness—comprised of a rich diversity of believers and traditions. If our Christian faith fails to embody this, then whose cause are we advancing?

       
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Voices: A hope for overcoming racial and ethnic division

“A Declaration in Support of Multi-Ethnic Churches and Racial Healing” calls upon churches to transcend barriers that so easily divide Christians.

       
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Jeff Gravens: Sharing God’s word and speaking into lives of God's people

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Jeff Gravens, pastor of First Baptist Church in Crawford.

       
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Commentary: ‘I am not allowed to be a Texas Baptist anymore’

"Others are telling me—and others I know and love—that if we are going to be Baptists, we must change our thoughts and beliefs. That is not the Baptist way."

       
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Commentary: BGCT homosexuality decision focused on top-tier issue

“This discussion (about LGBT-affirming congregations) was not a matter of making one particular sin worse than any other sin. The heart of this discussion is about our doctrine of sin. I believe this is a top-tier theological issue.”

       
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Commentary: For I was a stranger, and you (didn’t) welcome(d) me

Christ does not allow you to pick and choose parts of people to accept. He demands that you look into their eyes and see in them a person created in God’s image, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender fluid, pansexual, transgender or straight.

       
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Voices: Communion, shared meals bridge post-election chasms

In this fractious time, healing begins at the communion table and in communion around tables in the fellowship hall.

       
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Editorial: A rock, a hard place, and a home for all kinds of Baptists

The BGCT has spoken on the limits of “harmonious cooperation.” The outcome was not surprising but still produced grief. The coverage and ideals discussed in the Baptist Standard will remain expansive enough to include all kinds of Baptists in Texas and the Southwest.

       

Guest editorial: Why a ‘standard’ must be set

The maker of the BGCT motion that restricts convention membership to churches that affirm “the bonds of a marriage between one man and one woman” explains why he made the motion and why it is best for the state convention.

       
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BGCT president: Thanksgiving—the fragrance of the knowledge of God

Now is the season to give thanks—in all things, René Maciel, Texas Baptists’ immediate past president, urges.

       

Voices: If you speak of sexual sin, speak of rape

I am here to proclaim without doubt the primary sexual sin of our time is assault. Assault is absolutely contrary to all our Christian values.

       

2nd Opinion: BGCT expressed ‘courage to do the right thing’

Amarillo Pastor Howie Batson counters Editor Marv Knox’s suggestion the BGCT practice a welcoming-if-not-affirming relationship to welcoming-and-affirming congregations.

       

Voices: My view of the mics—gender and generational divides

The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ debate over convention membership based upon churches’ response to LGBT relationships revealed generational and gender divides that may spell the end of the state convention.

       
 
 
 
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