Guest editorial: The unexamined life is worth living

If God gives you the ability to enjoy what has been given, to see purpose in toil, and to skirt the distraction of constant brooding over what has been or is to come, then you can find gladness of heart.


Letters: Fear not and capital punishment

Stand with Jesus or follow the fearful?

The editorial “Fear not—why we need Easter this year” is much-needed at this time. Marv Knox addresses fear, but other emotions are in play as well, such as hate and bigotry.

I don't believe our nation has been this divided since the start of the Civil War 155 years ago.

In 1861, Texas was blessed to have as its governor one of the most experienced politicians in America's history. Sam Houston was a military hero, as well, and was the only governor of a state that would become a part of the Confederacy who opposed secession and refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the Confederate States of America. Houston was forced from office, and the people followed a hothead named Jefferson Davis, who once vowed to drink every drop of Confederate blood shed south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Some of today's political figures are depending on hate, fear and bigotry to gain a following, no matter how much damage it does to America.

The day before the attack in Belgium, Ted Cruz was bragging that he would tear “to shreds” the treaty with Iran, which was negotiated with many of our allies. After the attack, Cruz and Donald Trump were spreading hate and fear even before all the body parts had been collected.

The really sad thing to see is so many prominent religious figures flocking to support these two. Will Christians choose to make a difference today by standing for the teachings of Jesus or follow the fearful?

Carl Hess

Ozark, Ala.


Capital punishment is biblical

Rev. Jeff Hood is hardly credible.

For 2,000 years, all major Christian denominations, their leadership, biblical scholars and theologians provided support for the death penalty, which overwhelms any teachings to the contrary and still does.

Did biblical instruction and basic theology suddenly change?

Of course not, which confirms the profound weakness of these anti-death penalty positions, which, most often, have chosen the secular over the eternal or have, atomistically, wrongly proof-texted biblical passages, without looking at the full message.

As biblical scholar Lloyd Bailey states: "All interpretations, contrary to the biblical support of capital punishment, are false. Interpreters ought to listen to the Bible’s own agenda, rather than to squeeze from it implications for their own agenda. As the ancient rabbis taught, ‘Do not seek to be more righteous than your Creator.’”

Dudley Sharp


Kingsville: Lives changed through Beach Reach at South Padre

Kingsville: Lives changed through Beach Reach at South Padre

Students from all over Texas give free van rides, serve pancakes, and walk up and down the streets of South Padre Island not only sharing the gospel verbally, but also living it out.


2nd Opinion: The problem of the half-churched Christian

America has a whole bunch of half-churched Christians. It is hard for church leaders to teach anybody anything in a sustained manner if hardly anyone is present in a sustained manner.


Guest editorial: How much should churches pay their ministers?

Perhaps the most disingenuous thing churches do to ministers is offer a “package” and say to the minister, “You get to divide it up any way you like.” This lets the church talk about how much it pays the ministers, but it often is a misleading number.


Editorial: Fear not—why we need Easter this year

The explosions in Belgium remind us that fear and fragility mark our physical existence like a macabre tattoo. But the things we fear are not ultimate, much less eternal.


BGCT president: Lead me to the cross

May we set our eyes and hearts to Jerusalem—the cross—and be amazed as it draws and calls us to be faithful.


Commentary: A different kind of Christian politician

Reddin Andrews’ version of religiously motivated, non-Marxist, democratic socialism illustrates economic reform movements under the socialist banner have not been of one mind.


Guest editorial: Want a healthier congregation? Start with better meetings

Fortunately, when it comes to holding better meetings, there is a middle path between the rock of ham-fisted control and the mushy place of avoidance.


BGCT president: Baptist Health Foundation and Baptist Community Services

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio and Baptist Community Services in the Panhandle improve Texans' health in the name of Christ.


Only in weakness can you be made strong

If you are called by God to preach and pastor God’s children, it is imperative that regardless of hardships, persecution and difficulties that come your way, strive not to abandon your post, but instead allow this weakness to become God’s strength in you.


In Touch: Fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment

The Great Commandment and the Great Commission intersect frequently, and Texas Baptists are actively working to make sure they do.

Editorial: What does loving this country mean?

Editorial: What does loving this country mean?

Jesus commanded Christians to love God first and then love our neighbor—the “other”—as much as we love ourselves. As much as we love "us"—America.

Guest Editorial: Pathway to peace for a polarized political process

Guest Editorial: Pathway to peace for a polarized political process

The relationship between the late Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might provide a pathway to peace for our polarized political process.


BGCT president: Wayland Baptist University and Howard Payne University

Wayland Baptist University and Howard Payne University, each more than a century old, were started by Baptist associations.


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