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Commentary: Personal relationships key to ministry

Meaningful personal relationships are the source of lasting memories and tremendous joy and satisfaction. They also are the basis for a pastor's effective ministry to a congregation for an extended time.

 

       

Take my plans, Lord

Caitlin HiettIt was the best present ever—loving on orphans and spreading the gospel to hundreds of children in Moldova. Little did I know, I would be blessed financially before I even left home. I would grow spiritually during the trip. And I would see a clear demonstration of the sovereignty of God.

       

God had other plans in Moldova

Moldova childThe theme of our mission team's trip to Moldova seemed to be the sovereignty of God. Because of political unrest, we were not able to enter Transniestria or perform our initial mission like planned. But God had other plans.

       

IN FOCUS: Pray for Hardage & all Texas Baptists

What does this network called the Baptist General Convention of Texas look like?
       

Texas Baptist Forum

The only time a candidate's faith should be a factor is if we're calling him or her as our pastor.
       

Quotes in the News

"I promise: I pledge my best effort." --David Hardage
       

Right or Wrong? Pastor's time management

Our pastor has been invited to teach part-time at a nearby Baptist university. Some of our members insist this will take too much of his time.
       

2nd Opinion: Baptists, theology & the presidency

The Baptist alliance with Thomas Jefferson helps illuminate recent controversies over Pastor Robert Jeffress' negative comments about Mitt Romney's Mormonism.
       

DOWN HOME: First taste, best

I confess. We all stood around and gawked as Ezra's life changed forever.
       

EDITORIAL: Good answers from our new exec

David Hardage said the right thing shortly after Texas Baptists' Executive Board elected him executive director: "I don't know."
       

Opinion: Can anything new be said about abortion?

GusheeThe Roe v. Wade anniversary with its ritual marches of protest and defense occurs this year amidst our quadrennial election carnival. Our elections now seem to require that contending politicians seek to outdo one another in ideological extremism. This has meant that most Republican contenders have sought to one-up each other on exactly how rigid they will make America’s abortion laws.

       

Lessons learned in Haiti

Brianna SmithMy recent trip to Haiti was my first time in a Third World country, and it changed my life. While we were there, we built rubble houses for the people to live in permanently.

       

Jamaica: Poverty in paradise

Kevin ZarateUsually, when people think of Jamaica, they think about the glamorous luxury resorts and vacationing in the Caribbean. They forget Jamaica has impoverished citizens who are holding on for dear life.

       

Speaking a universal language in Haiti

Miranda MoonAs our team arrived at the Port-Au-Prince airport, I couldn't help but notice the darkness surrounding us. This country is still hurting, still broken, and still yearning for a glimpse of hope in the destruction of the earthquake nearly two years ago. My heart grew weary, knowing there was no way we could help all of them. We were only 13 people, and the nation of Haiti needs a God-sized miracle.

       

Finding fulfillment

Over winter break, I had the opportunity to travel to East Asia to talk to college students about the true meaning of Christmas.
       
 
 

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