RIGHT or WRONG? Words matter

Words matter. So, I felt put off when speakers at a Baptist meeting filled the air with ministerial jargon, insider language, clichés and sexist comments. Can such misuse of language help explain the decline in church attendance and Christian commitment?

DOWN HOME: A letter to Ezra, my 1st grandchild

The moment your wail blared out the birthing-room door and across the hall, my heart did backflips. Nana, your daddy’s mother, and I looked at each other and proclaimed, “Ezra’s here!”

EDITORIAL: Podcasts, preaching & pornography

Thanks to podcasts and streaming video, many Christians have become connoisseurs of preaching. In a surprising number of churches, this has resulted in discontent, not unlike the marital maelstrom produced when their fellow church members become preoccupied by prodigious amounts of another web-delivered product--pornography.

Opinion: In Tucson’s shadow, hurting & healing together

In Tucson, when the president pursed his lips and paused as he spoke of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the heart of every parent in the nation also pursed and paused.

2nd Opinion: ‘Nones’ require recovered witness

Recent polls show a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who self-identify as having no religious affiliation.  If these "nones" are increasing, then who are they and what might their identity suggest for the church?

In Focus: Gratitude to—and for—Texas Baptists

There is no other family as uniquely gifted as the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Our past reminds us of a remarkable impact on our state, nation and even our world.

Texas Baptist Forum

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy can be summed up in a simple, but profound, four-letter word—L-O-V-E.

Quotes in the News

“Sometimes, I think evangelicals come at people so hard and so fast and don’t take time to listen to where somebody is. We can just try to have a lighter touch sometimes.” --Condoleezza Rice

Reading the Culture: Kit Carson and the self-made soul

We Texans still admire the self-made success who rises to prominence through unaided toil and grit. But self-sufficiency is spiritual suicide.

RIGHT or WRONG? Leave Christianity in the name of Christ

Novelist Anne Rice recently said, “I leave Christianity in the name of Christ.” Is it possible to remain faithful to Christ while leaving Christianity?

DOWN HOME: Frosty the Snowman says: Mail your tithe

The other day, I read a news story that claimed 2010 was the warmest year on record. I had a hard time reading because I was shivering so hard I could hardly focus on the words.

EDITORIAL: Murder, mayhem & 3 major issues

Mass murder and mayhem in Arizona shine a spotlight on at least three issues vital for the future of America—mental health, gun control and public speech.

Love needs no translation

MoldovaAs we visited three orphanages, I saw each one filled with so many beautiful little hearts wrapped inside little bodies that don’t get enough warm socks and shoes, hugs and kisses.

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