Texas Baptist Forum: Pastoral expectations

A pastor search committee needs to prepare a written resumé to define the candidate who would fulfill the church’s expectations.

Quotes in the News

“Churches need to realize that kids are not the church of the future; they are the church of the present. The church is not merely to reach the adults, but to reach the entire body of Christ.”--Donald Ratcliff

RIGHT or WRONG? Emerging Church

Our church just hired a pastor who is young enough to be the child of many members. His language about “the emerging church,” “postmodernism” and “interfaith dialogue” distresses older members.

DOWN HOME: Top Christmas gift to arrive later

Our family’s greatest news of the Christmas season provided a harbinger of one of our grandest events of 2010: Lindsay is expecting a baby.

EDITORIAL: Strong shield against persecution

Any nation’s religious freedom is only as secure as the liberty afforded its minorities. So, to ensure America never succumbs to religious persecution, we must protect our minorities.

Moving deeper into Maasai land

It was our third day in the bush, in the land of the Maasai.  And I had an opportunity to preach.  The service lasted five hours—nothing at all like an American church service. We missed lunch.


Arriving in the land of the Maasai

Two pastor friends that we’ve known throughout our time here in Kenya invited Andrew and me to visit them. Their homes were 30 to 50 kilometers from any type of city—or civilization, for that matter. We were in the bush.  And I loved it.

2nd Opinion: A tale for both Christmas & Easter

My favorite nonbiblical Christmas story has always been How the Grinch Stole Christmas. That, for sure, could have nothing to do with the Christ story from the Gospel of Luke, right? Well, yes and no.

IN FOCUS: Participate in Day of Hope and Prayer

The foundation for Texas Hope 2010 always has been prayer. I am unfamiliar with any noteworthy awakening that was not preceded by a significant commitment to prayer by God’s people.

Quotes in the News

“Christmas leads to Calvary." --Jim Denison

RIGHT or WRONG? Ethical pastor search

I’m chairing our pastor-search committee, and we haven’t found many resources to help us. Can you suggest ethical guidelines for our committee to keep in mind?

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There’ll always be a Christmas

DOWN HOME: A little praise for long road trips

If you’re part of a family that shovels the kids into the ol’ vehicle and takes out on a long car trip at Christmas, I’ve got one word to say to you: Lucky.
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