Reading the Culture: Is America a Christian nation?

Midterm elections are upon us. Once again, we hear that America was founded as a Christian nation. For perspective, I turned to The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch and George Marsden. Although nearly 30 years old, this exploration by three of America’s finest church historians proved fascinating.

IN FOCUS: Now is the time to focus on Hope 1:8

Religious diversity is a growing challenge, but not nearly as much as increasing secularity. Apathy appears to overshadow apostasy.

Quotes in the News

“If I were advising him, I’d tell him to give a one-line speech and say, ‘Hey, at least I’m not a Muslim.’” --Arsalan Iftikhar

RIGHT or WRONG: Interfaith dialogue

As I understand Baptist distinctives, we should be in conversation with people of all faith traditions. But our church is becoming much more internally directed.

DOWN HOME: Five signs that ‘the end’ is near

Here are some signs we may be on the verge of the apocalypse, in ascending order of shockability.

EDITORIAL: A ‘wall’ protects our field of faith

Political debates at water coolers, around lunch tables and in church pews nationwide are focusing on whether “separation of church and state” exists in the Constitution.

God moves, even in sorrow

Screams split the early morning silence about 5 a.m. One of the older women we knew who had been doing Bible studies with us was wailing.


Regular grace and Amazing Grace.

Texas Baptist Forum

Follow up on the report about Graffiti and Graffiti 2 ministries in New York City.

Quotes in the News

“After Mass, I used to hug kids. No way I'm going to hug a kid now." --Catholic priest Tom Reese

IN FOCUS: Texas Baptists key on ‘Spreading Hope’

“Spreading Hope” is the theme for this year’s Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in McAllen, Nov. 8-10.

2nd Opinion: Faith, foreign policy & Christians

Do you send or support missions in other countries? Is a veteran in your congregation returning from Iraq or Afghanistan? Are your church members relocating around the globe for school, work or for short-term missions? The you need to be concerned with U.S. foreign policy.

RIGHT or WRONG? Short-term missions

I have a chance to participate with other churches and denominations in short-term international missions, but some of my church friends say such involvement is anti-Baptist and even anti-gospel.
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