First Sunday of Advent: Longing for Paradise

We’re all longing for paradise. We’re just not sure what "it" is. But we know we’re not there—yet.



“You performed an illegal interpretation. Windows will automatically excommunicate ...”

Quotes in the News

“Condescending comments about the ‘gray-haired’ crowd ... should be as offensive and unacceptable as ridiculing persons because of race or gender. While always seeking to include persons of diverse ages, backgrounds and experience, we do not need fewer experienced persons to bring their unique gifts and resources to the mix. We need more.” --John Pierce

2nd Opinion: "Bieber fever" & the worship wars

I thought the worship wars were over. The church I grew up in put traditional Southern gospel-style music out to pasture for a more generic contemporary style in the mid-’90s.

Commentary: Is joy found in life's many struggles?

Why don't we ever sing that Vacation Bible School song “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart” in grown-up church?


IN TOUCH: Weslaco, Abilene & points in-between

Your Executive Board staff gathered in your Baptist Building the last week of November for reporting, team meeting and fellowship. We wrapped up this year and planned for the next. Thank you for your prayers.

Reading the Culture: The Future of Faith

People with no religious commitment are the fastest-growing religious demographic in America. A great spiritual awakening is advancing everywhere but in the West. What is the future of faith in a culture like ours?

Right or Wrong? God as 'Ground of Being'

I’ve seen God described as “not only the Ground of all Being, but also the Ground of all Doing.” Help me understand how to appreciate that characterization.

DOWN HOME: Hearing the hum of a happy heart

Humming is the soundtrack of my life. And lately, the season has been definitely pushing the buttons on my internal jukebox.

Waiting with childlike anticipation

EDITORIAL: If we put our hearts into the task, we can recapture childlike gladness, longing and expectation during the Christmas season.

Quotes in the News

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” --Elbert Hubbard

2nd Opinion: Election serves notice to church

For me, watching the election coverage was less about politics than it was a realization of the power of demographics. When I read about what some call the Millennial generation, I see the future of the American church—a future more present than many seem to realize.



“I’m praying they opt for fast food ... or they pray and fast.”

Lost ring prompts prayer for lost souls

A lost wedding ring gave Cari D. Johnson an opportunity to reflect on how urgently we should search for the spiritually lost.


IN TOUCH: Change, Alto Frio, friends & Bluegrove

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