IN TOUCH: Change, Alto Frio, friends & Bluegrove

I’d like to use this opportunity to say thank you, Baptist General Convention of Texas family, for allowing me the opportunity to serve you.

Right or Wrong? Called to ministry

I cannot remember the last time I heard anyone talk about Christians being called into ministry. Shouldn’t we intentionally urge young people to consider ministry as a vocation?

DOWN HOME: A generous life, lived for Christ

Funerals of saints bless the living. That definitely was the case Nov. 13, when family and friends gathered to celebrate the life and witness of Mary Kerr Johnston Piper, known far and wide as Miss Katy.

Thanksgiving can't arrive fast enough

EDITORIAL: I love Thanksgiving because I realize giving thanks is one of the very best things a person, especially a Christian, can do.


Cost of discipleship

STUDENT MISSIONS BLOG: I have seen God work in a very different way in the lives of the students—differently than I have ever seen or experienced before.


For a couple of weeks, I've been having long conversations with a friend of mine who is a Buddhist.

Learning about love

Lately, I've been learning a lot about love and what it truly looks like to love others the way that God loves.


Beauty covered in grime

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and French fries—that’s about all I knew about Paris before I went there. 

Let God do it

Things have been kind of hard here lately. We've been here for more than two months, and we've done a lot of good work. But sometimes I wish we could see more fruit.


Cartoon: "So, how long have you lived off the church's love offerings?"

2nd Opinion: Vote with 'childlike naievete'

Give thanks for the privilege to cast a vote—even a losing one. After the results are in and if your candidate or mine loses, don't worry. Remember, your life is not in the hands of a candidate. It is in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

Commentary: Downsizing without destruction

Wading into the pool of church staff downsizing is like stepping into a body of water full of sharks or a war-torn highway full of IEDs.

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?
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