Quotes in the News

"Appealing to voters along religious lines is divisive. It is contrary to the American ideal of including all Americans in the political process, regardless of whether they are members of large and powerful religious groups, religious minorities or subscribe to no faith tradition." --Interfaith statement

Reading the Culture: God's strength in suffering

Nancy Guthrie lost two children to the same rare disease. Out of her unspeakable pain, she compiled a profound anthology, Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose & Provision in Suffering (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2010).

2nd Opinion: When your community is unsettled

If you find yourself in an embattled community, one in which the line is being drawn, and people are beginning to gather on one side or the other, I recommend the following, and not because I am the model. The goal is to hold the community together.



"We can help. We're carpenter ants."

In Touch: History, hospitals, churches & schools

A few days ago, I, along with the members of the Texas Baptists Missions Foundation board of directors, had the opportunity to tour the Texas Baptist Historical Collection.

Texas Baptist Forum

Thirty million Christians did not vote in 2008, and yet our nation's future is in our hands.

Right or Wrong? Protest

People are angry regarding global, national and personal finances. How can Christians appropriately express their opinions in difficult times?

DOWN HOME: A little dog & the door locker

Topanga, the world's greatest dog, sometimes reminds me of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Nope, Topanga can't sing a note. And she'd look doggone silly in a nun's habit. But she's not shy about emphasizing—actually, begging for—a few of her favorite things.

EDITORIAL: Chewing up anger, 1 bite at a time

Giving up "anger" for Lent this year is harder than I thought.

Building relationships with refugees

I have been working with Bhutanese refugees for more than a month now, learning a lot about myself, Bhutanese culture and God's heart for missions.


Texas Baptist Forum

What is the point of running an editorial that downplays the theological beliefs of Mormons in deference to their conservatism, and then running a spread about how misunderstood they are?

Quotes in the news

"Life is short. The world is fragile. All of us are vulnerable, but we are here because this is our calling. Our lives are rooted not only in time, but also in eternity, and the life of learning, humbly offered to God, is its own reward." --C.S. Lewis

2nd Opinion: Beware of traps; enjoy the ride

A minister recently asked me what major traps most often snare ministers when they move to a new congregation. Great question! Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to potential trouble spots and act proactively to avoid getting derailed early in their relationship.


"It's Paul and Moses—part of my Bible-head collection."

Right or Wrong? Women deacons

Our policies dictate we will not ordain women, either as deacons or ministers. But our church has few men, and they are elderly. Soon, we may not have any active deacons. What can we do?

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