2nd Opinion: U.S. politics still running on faith

Perhaps we should be less concerned for America as a "faith-based nation" than a "conscience-based nation," where people are free to live in accordance with or contrary to a specific religious identity.

In Focus: Thank God for rain and changed lives

One of the calls to prayer we as Baptists quote most often is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Quotes in the News

"Small churches are normal—the typical church has less than 100 in attendance—and can easily reflect the kingdom of God." --Ed Stetzer

RIGHT or WRONG? A 'New Testament' church

Some members claim ours is a New Testament church. But the New Testament describes congregations that were far from idyllic. So, what are the reference points for calling ourselves an authentic New Testament church.

Down Home: Believe in miracles? Consider medicine

Our family won't waste any time wondering where to start our Thanksgiving list of blessings this fall. We'll begin by thanking God for my father's successful heart bypass surgery.

EDITORIAL: Seven tips for better pastor searches

How should a church behave when it's seeking a pastor? That's a more complicated question than you might think. Unfortunately, many congregations bungle the process.


"It's a must read, Burt. Don't just wait for it to come out on Blu-ray."

Texas Baptist Forum

Growing up in a large, Baptist orphanage instead of foster care was the best move I ever made.

2nd Opinion: Occupation, or call from God?

Jesus' call to discipleship is clear. It is exampled in foot washing (John 13:5), self-denial and cross-bearing (Luke 9:23). How often Jesus had to remind his disciples that seeking places of pre-eminence had no place in the kingdom of God (Matthew 20:20-27).

In Focus: Celebrate freedom found in Christ

One of the most interesting things about the attacks of 9/11 was that they were done in the name of religion.

Quotes in the News

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?'"-- Michele Bachmann

Reading the Culture: Unbroken

Unbroken, the latest book by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, is one of the best nonfiction works I've ever read. The cover calls it "a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption." It is all that and more.

Right or Wrong? Micro loans

I've heard about small loans to the poor, but what are they, and how can I participate?

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