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IN TOUCH: Annual meeting, home & homecoming

As I write this column, our Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Corpus Christi is coming to a close.
       

Quotes in the News

"When you are in the culture of doing good deeds, taking care of the poor, taking care of the widow, the orphan, not as a means to something else but because this is what true religion should be doing, even the nonbeliever would say, 'Look at that.' There is a certain respect that comes from that." --Jim Daly
       

Reading the Culture: The next 10 years

When one of the closest presidential elections in history is decided, what will the next four years bring?
       

Right or Wrong? American exceptionalism


"American exceptionalism" has crept into campaign rhetoric and also is proliferated by Christians. Isn't it an expression of civil religion that can turn our nation into an idol?

       

DOWN HOME: All roads lead to you-know-where

If I had thought about it in time, I would have proposed Texas Baptists hold all their annual meetings somewhere along Interstate 35 or Interstate 37 south of Austin.
       

Empathy & the common good

Obama and Christie

EDITORIAL: Hurricane Sandy wreaked destruction on the Caribbean and the Eastern Seacoast, but at least she left one positive development in her wake.

       

Where's the 'war on Christmas?'

TEXAS BAPTIST FORUM: I'm surprised we aren't seeing more letters to the editor and emails complaining about the imaginary "war on Christmas.
       

Quotes in the News

"For constructive dialogue to happen, Christians must stop conflating differences in interpretation of Scripture with differences in commitment to Scripture. We must respond to one another's questions, arguments and ideas in kind, with more questions, arguments and ideas, rather than avoiding the conversation altogether by dismissing one another as unfaithful." --Rachel Held Evans
       

2nd Opinion: Guidelines for political practice

We can act like Christ-followers, even as we participate in political life, by practicing these guidelines.
       

Cartoon

"I see — revival of the fittest!"
       

IN TOUCH: Marshall, Georgetown & Burkburnett

Congratulations to East Texas Baptist University on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
       

Right or Wrong? Worship wars

The "worship wars" apparently have reached détente. How can churches participate in meaningful, life-changing worship?
       

DOWN HOME: Ghosts, goblins & Christian kids

This time of year, Halloween poses a problem for many Christians. Does participating in this sometimes-freakish fall festival undermine our faith?
       

EDITORIAL: A call for constructive citizenship

After all the debates, sound bites, commercials, fact-checkers, yard signs and rallies, Americans are ready to vote Nov. 6 and get this election over with.

       

Faith overcoming doubt

Recently, when we led a a group of East Asian students in a lesson about the birth of Jesus, we posed three questions: What does this teach you about God? What does this teach you about mankind? How should this influence you to change your life?
       
 
 
 
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