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Reading the Culture: Authentic joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” We will sing Isaac Watts’ famous words across this Christmas season, but how many of us will feel what we sing? How can we?

RIGHT or WRONG? Helping world Baptists

Are we so self-centered and content that we can’t provide major assistance to expand the Baptist movement worldwide?

DOWN HOME: Impatience isn’t what it used to be

This year, I’m reconnecting with a personality trait I tried to toss behind in childhood. I’m talking about impatience.

EDITORIAL: ‘I am the Lord’s ..., ready to serve’

This Advent and Christmas season, I noticed that none of the gospel writers clearly identifies Mary’s dad, Jesus’ grandfather.

Opinion: Celebrities and saints

Three Cups of TeaAmericans’ obsession with celebrities seems inexhaustible. But the stories of Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber and nurse, and American journalist David Oliver Relin illustrate the difference between celebrity and saint.

Fishers of Men

We were up and ready about 5:30 a.m.  On our island in the Philippines, the roosters usually start crowing about 4:30, and you can start feeling the humidity at about 5 a.m.

You are loved

The South African winter wind blew gusts of sand in every direction, making the small forms running down the dirt paths toward me hard to see. The sun has just risen covering the village in bright red and gold hues.

Texas Baptist Forum

It was so refreshing to read the article about Stephen Colbert’s testimony before Congress

Quotes in the News

“The universe is 17.3 billion years old, and evolution is established as scientific fact. Scientists dislike doubt about scientific truth. Studying natural science doesn’t take anything away from God. Christians believe faith was induced by revelation from God, and I also believe the Bible is fundamentally the answer to a full life.” --Daniel W. Foster

2nd Opinion: Christians’ song for a broken world

When Jesus stood in the valley and taught his disciples, he stood among many who were sick and lost and troubled by evil spirits. He called them “blessed.”  To the winners in life, he said, “Woe to you." North Americq should take notice.

IN FOCUS: The Macedonians were liberals

The Apostle Paul called the Macedonians liberals. He was not referring to their view of Scripture. They were liberals in their generosity.

RIGHT or WRONG? Painful church experience

A Barna survey revealed an extraordinary percentage of Americans no longer attend church because of some painful experience. What has happened to cause the place identified as “a hospital for sinners” or put forward as “sanctuary” to be avoided by so many people? What can we do?

DOWN HOME: No pie, low score; still a great trip

Knowledgeable fans don’t associate “defensive powerhouse” with “six-man football.” But we managed to choose a defensive donnybrook for our Second Annual Six-Man Football Outing.
 
 
 
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