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DOWN HOME: Lesson learned from a leaky roof

One of the most disconcerting (or is it simply annoying?) aspects of home ownership surfaces when a part of your house you normally take for granted fails to function.
       

EDITORIAL: Hurriedly trusting God's 'slow work'

Do you ever feel like you're living a "microwave life"? You know you're too rushed when you program the microwave oven to heat your leftovers and you stand in the kitchen thinking, "Why won't this blasted thing heat faster?" Seems like we're always in a rush.
       

Learning lessons

My first month in Vienna was a little rocky. Nothing bad was happening. I was just having a harder time adjusting to a new place, new people and a new language.
       

A broken heart

I make my way through a field of pestilence and foul odors, trying to hold my breath as much as I can. Crows circulate above me. I’m in the middle of a landfill. And next to it, thousands of people make their home.
       

Texas Baptist Forum

"Ever since Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency in 1980, Republicans in Congress, with help from some Democrats, have waged class warfare on the middle class and poor."
       

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.
       

Cartoon

"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.
       
 
 

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