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2nd Opinion: Rescuing Christmas with Advent

Here’s a proposal for the postmodern church: Let’s give up on “the Christmas Season.” Let’s make Advent—the four weeks of prepping for Christ’s “coming” into the world—our witness against the current Christmas Season hype.
       

IN TOUCH: Austin, Hospitality House, HPU & more

congratulations to Gary Dyer and Austin Baptist Church for a dedication service of their facility.
       

Letters: 'The greatest Christmas gift'

TEXAS BAPTIST FORUM: God gave us the greatest Christmas gift about 2,000 years ago. This great gift of salvation is to be found with each of our names on it. We only need to accept and enjoy it.

       

Right or Wrong? Focus on Leadership

People emphasize “leadership” so much, it has become a buzzword. Isn’t it past time we focus on “followship”?
       

Down Home: She may be 100, but she's young at heart

Virginia Connally celebrated with family and friends when she turned 100 this month. But even though she has spanned a century, the quality of her life supercedes the quantity of her years.
       

Making history while looking ahead

EDITORIAL: This is the last printed edition of the Baptist Standard. Beginning next month, we’re converting the entire newspaper to a state-of-the-art digital edition.

       

Four months invested

STUDENT MISSIONS BLOG: As I leave the city where I’ve served for four months, I can't help but be excited to return home with my family and friends. But it also saddens me to leave the life I have semi-built here in East Asia and the relationships I have formed.
       

2nd Sunday of Advent: Longing for Eternal Life


"The one who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death" (Revelation 2:11). We want to live forever. We just don’t want to die to do it.

       

First Sunday of Advent: Longing for Paradise


We’re all longing for paradise. We’re just not sure what "it" is. But we know we’re not there—yet.

       

Cartoon

“You performed an illegal interpretation. Windows will automatically excommunicate ...”
       

Quotes in the News

“Condescending comments about the ‘gray-haired’ crowd ... should be as offensive and unacceptable as ridiculing persons because of race or gender. While always seeking to include persons of diverse ages, backgrounds and experience, we do not need fewer experienced persons to bring their unique gifts and resources to the mix. We need more.” --John Pierce
       

2nd Opinion: "Bieber fever" & the worship wars

I thought the worship wars were over. The church I grew up in put traditional Southern gospel-style music out to pasture for a more generic contemporary style in the mid-’90s.
       

Commentary: Is joy found in life's many struggles?


Why don't we ever sing that Vacation Bible School song “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart” in grown-up church?

       

IN TOUCH: Weslaco, Abilene & points in-between

Your Executive Board staff gathered in your Baptist Building the last week of November for reporting, team meeting and fellowship. We wrapped up this year and planned for the next. Thank you for your prayers.
       

Reading the Culture: The Future of Faith

People with no religious commitment are the fastest-growing religious demographic in America. A great spiritual awakening is advancing everywhere but in the West. What is the future of faith in a culture like ours?
       
 
 
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