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In Touch: From Baylor to Austin, Tyler & Bartlett

I begin by thanking Jim Denison for his willingness to continue serving our Texas Baptist family as our theologian-in-residence.
       

Texas Baptist Forum

Disappointed by Baptist Conference on Sexuality.
       

Quotes in the News

"When people make grandiose claims about 'God's will' and 'American values' and demonize others who hold different views, we haven't just channeled a tragic yesterday and its wars and pogroms. We have poisoned the well of community on which our nation depends today and made a mockery of God and faith." --Tom Ehrich
       

Right or Wrong? Religious Bigotry

Some Baptists cite Baptist patriarch Thomas Helwys' 17th century advocacy for religious liberty for all, but they still make racist comments about Jews and/or Muslims. How can we help them reconcile this contradiction?
       

Down Home: The best 25 cents spent on spring vacation

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, then what's a couple of tablets of Meclizine worth?
       

EDITORIAL: Why I stopped urging, 'Take care'

Take CareFor several years, I closed emails with "Take care." But "take care" is lousy advice and even worse theology.

       

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Jesus, the original child advocate.
       

Texas Baptist Forum

Human-caused global warming is a pure political lie.
       

2nd Opinion: Make end-of-life decisions today

"Dignity" and "responsibility" are the words that come to mind when I speak with families of hospital patients about advance-care planning.
       

IN TOUCH: From Bryan to McKinney to Richmond

First Baptist in Bryan has worked in Estonia 20 years, and while I was in Bryan, I met the president of the Estonia Baptist Federation, who was there to celebrate the anniversary of that cooperative work.
       

Quotes in the News

"The church of Jesus Christ in the Western world is in terrible shape. Conservatives confuse certainty with faith. Liberals think knowledge alone is redemptive. We've got to come together."  --Robin Meyers
       

Reading the Culture: Being a better father

A member of our Denison Forum board recently gave me Gregory Slayton's Be A Better Dad Today! 10 tools every father needs (Regal, 2012). I hadn't read a book on fatherhood for a while, but I'm glad I spent time with this one. It's the most holistic and practical guide to fathering I've ever seen.
       

RIGHT or WRONG? Racism

Racism seems more complicated than ever, with some ethnic groups divided among themselves. On top of that, so many church-planting strategies and church-growth schemes are based on creating congregations for only "our kind." How can Christians get past this kind of racism?
       

DOWN HOME: Pomp, circumstance & a short speech

Mid-May has arrived, and the strains of Pomp and Circumstance waft across campuses from sea to shining sea.
       

EDITORIAL: Pull the switch on the death penalty

Gov. Rick Perry should place a moratorium on executions, and the next session of the Texas Legislature should vote to abolish the death penalty.
       
 
 

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