Reading the Culture: Kit Carson and the self-made soul

We Texans still admire the self-made success who rises to prominence through unaided toil and grit. But self-sufficiency is spiritual suicide.

RIGHT or WRONG? Leave Christianity in the name of Christ

Novelist Anne Rice recently said, “I leave Christianity in the name of Christ.” Is it possible to remain faithful to Christ while leaving Christianity?

DOWN HOME: Frosty the Snowman says: Mail your tithe

The other day, I read a news story that claimed 2010 was the warmest year on record. I had a hard time reading because I was shivering so hard I could hardly focus on the words.

EDITORIAL: Murder, mayhem & 3 major issues

Mass murder and mayhem in Arizona shine a spotlight on at least three issues vital for the future of America—mental health, gun control and public speech.

Love needs no translation

MoldovaAs we visited three orphanages, I saw each one filled with so many beautiful little hearts wrapped inside little bodies that don’t get enough warm socks and shoes, hugs and kisses.


Here am I. Send me.

Since we travel so much and only are able to spend small amounts of time in a city, we aren’t able really to connect with the people in a way where we see how we have made an impact on them. However, after we have left each city, I definitely can say that every time they make an impact on us—or at least me.

Comment: Time to reflect on women's honored place in the gospel story

Women are honored in the Christmas story and throughout the narratives of Jesus's ministry. But something happened, and the honor Jesus gave women was taken away from them.


Christmas memories

We had a chance to talk with our Bhutanese friend, Dill, the other day about Christmas.

Texas Baptist Forum: Praying over Christmas cards

Last year, when I was about to discard the Christmas cards we received, my wife suggested I keep them and pray each day for a person/family/business who sent a card.

Quotes in the News

“Advent is a season of both preparation and repentance. Christians are not only preparing for the celebration of the birth of a Savior. We are also preparing ourselves to stand before Christ at his second coming with pure hearts, clean minds and blameless spirits.” --Kevin Johnson

2nd Opinion: Christmas, from outside the box

Think back on your most-memorable Christmases. Those memories have little to do with Santa Claus or presents or decorations. When we recall our fondest Christmases, they never came wrapped in paper and tied with a ribbon.

IN FOCUS: Thanks for God’s indescribable gift

It continues to be incomprehensible that God would empty himself by becoming a man and humble himself by death on the cross that we might have life.

Reading the Culture: Authentic joy

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” We will sing Isaac Watts’ famous words across this Christmas season, but how many of us will feel what we sing? How can we?
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