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Guest editorial: Rescue me from my church budget

Guest editorial: Rescue me from my church budget

Let me suggest a different approach to the church budgeting process - one that can increase vision, disciple church members and set your church free from the bondage that sometimes accompanies money.

       

Right or Wrong? Holacracy and Baptist church polity

Lately, I’ve been hearing about a new form of organization, holacracy, which seems more adaptable to Baptist principles, such as the priesthood of all believers and church autonomy. What do you think?

       
Editorial: Let’s talk about issues that divide Texans

Editorial: Let’s talk about issues that divide Texans

The latest report from a comprehensive survey by the Pew Research Center presents a fascinating mosaic of Texans’ opinions about God, faith and other vital issues.

       
I just read the letters in response to your editorial about gun control, and you have to admit the merchants of death in the gun lobby are skilled in the art of propaganda.

Letters: To understand “open carry,” visit Boot Hill

Updated: I just read the letters in response to your editorial about gun control, and you have to admit the merchants of death in the gun lobby are skilled in the art of propaganda.

       
2nd Opinion: Why the ‘growing divide’ in denominations matters

2nd Opinion: Why the ‘growing divide’ in denominations matters

Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: I agree with Ronnie Floyd.

       
Guest editorial: It’s chaos: Christian moral pluralism in America today

Guest editorial: The chaos of Christian moral pluralism today

Recently, I have had two conversations that reveal the incredible breadth of moral pluralism not just in America, but in the Christian population of America.

       
Texas Baptist Voices

In Touch: Appreciation for pastors

Hello, Texas Baptists. The last few Sundays, I enjoyed preaching at Park Lake Drive Baptist Church in Waco, Blue Ridge Baptist Church near Marlin and First Baptist Church in Sonora. I also attended the 175th anniversary celebration of Union Baptist Association and preached at the Palo Pinto Baptist Association annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Strawn.

hardage david130David HardageOctober was Pastor Appreciation Month. If you haven’t already, I hope you will find a way to thank the pastor in your life. It could be a simple email or hand-written note. If you are a pastor, please know you are appreciated, and you are loved. Thank you for your ministry and for your dedication to your church.

Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, but they face harsh realities as winter hits. We are partnering with Baptists in Lebanon to provide blankets, heaters and other supplies for refugee families. Every time a family receives one of these items, the gospel is shared with them in their native language. Click here to help support this effort.

The Texas College Church Ministry Retreat is being held Nov. 5-6 in Bastrop. This retreat is for Baptists in our state who minister to college students in the local church. Check the website to register and for more information.

“Deep Roots Living Legacy”  is the theme for this year’s Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting. We will focus on Baptist distinctives. This is a time for church ministers and Baptist leaders from around the state to come together for fellowship and to learn more about Texas Baptist ministries. Join us at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco Nov. 8-10. You can register online by clicking here

Regardless of whether you will be an elected messenger, a guest, an institutional representative or an exhibitor, please know we look forward to seeing you in Frisco. It is our hope and prayer you will find this year’s gathering to be both informational and inspirational. Our fellow Texas Baptists who made up the committees and teams that planned this event did so believing everyone present would depart blessed and encouraged. I know you share my gratitude for the time, effort and energy so many gave to make this meeting happen. 

texas baptist voices right120The challenges in front of us as a convention are significant. Texas continues to grow and change. As a family of churches, we, too, are working to adjust properly and effectively in order to touch the people of this state with the Great Commandment and to impact Texas, and beyond, with the Great Commission.

David Hardage is the executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.

       
Texas Baptist Voices

Richard Ray: Visit the Bivocational/Small Church Association booth at the BGCT

If you are planning to attend the 2015 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting Nov. 8-10 at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, I encourage you to come by the Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small Church Association exhibit booth.

       
Texas Baptist Voices

Kathy Hillman: Arise, Shine … When We Rise Up, He Shines Through

A large glittering star adorned with “Arise, Shine” hung suspended in the baptistery. Nervous girls dressed in Sunday best slowly processed into the candlelit sanctuary.

       
Fort Worth: Learning patience, discovering boldness

Fort Worth: Learning patience, discovering boldness

Student Missions Blog: In the time I’ve served here in Fort Worth, I’ve learned lessons about flexibility, patience and dependence on God.

       
Editorial: The science vs. religion conflict is ‘none’ of your business

Editorial: The science vs. religion conflict is ‘none’ of your business

The less people know about religion, the more likely they are to think faith is fighting with science, a recent survey shows. What does that tell us about other ideas and concepts we think we know?

       
Student Missions Blog

Angelo State: The Holy Spirit at work

Student Missions Blog: I first met Joe while staffing an outreach table on campus about a month ago. I was using Soularium picture cards as witnessing tools to spark conversations about spiritual matters.

       
Letters: Inconsistency in editorial

Letters: Inconsistency in editorial

Updated: I want to point out an inconsistency I find in your thinking in this week’s editorial, while stating my personal case for being pro-life and supporting capital punishment laws.

       
 
 

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