Empathy & the common good

Obama and Christie

EDITORIAL: Hurricane Sandy wreaked destruction on the Caribbean and the Eastern Seacoast, but at least she left one positive development in her wake.


Where's the 'war on Christmas?'

TEXAS BAPTIST FORUM: I'm surprised we aren't seeing more letters to the editor and emails complaining about the imaginary "war on Christmas.

Quotes in the News

"For constructive dialogue to happen, Christians must stop conflating differences in interpretation of Scripture with differences in commitment to Scripture. We must respond to one another's questions, arguments and ideas in kind, with more questions, arguments and ideas, rather than avoiding the conversation altogether by dismissing one another as unfaithful." --Rachel Held Evans

2nd Opinion: Guidelines for political practice

We can act like Christ-followers, even as we participate in political life, by practicing these guidelines.


"I see — revival of the fittest!"

IN TOUCH: Marshall, Georgetown & Burkburnett

Congratulations to East Texas Baptist University on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

Right or Wrong? Worship wars

The "worship wars" apparently have reached détente. How can churches participate in meaningful, life-changing worship?

DOWN HOME: Ghosts, goblins & Christian kids

This time of year, Halloween poses a problem for many Christians. Does participating in this sometimes-freakish fall festival undermine our faith?

EDITORIAL: A call for constructive citizenship

After all the debates, sound bites, commercials, fact-checkers, yard signs and rallies, Americans are ready to vote Nov. 6 and get this election over with.


Faith overcoming doubt

Recently, when we led a a group of East Asian students in a lesson about the birth of Jesus, we posed three questions: What does this teach you about God? What does this teach you about mankind? How should this influence you to change your life?

Quotes in the News

"We wouldn't accept or want a world in which Russia or China or Iran is claiming authority to kill alleged enemies of the state based on secret evidence of the executive branch alone. And yet that's the authority we're asserting." --Mary Ellen O'Connell

Right or Wrong? Are we different or the same?

 I hear politicians and preachers talk as if Anglos, Hispanics and African-Americans all are the same. Why do we have to generalize? How can we help people understand all of us are made in the image of God?

Mormons and faith

TEXAS BAPTIST FORUM: Mormons are not Christian but are a group that adds words and pagan practices to their religion at the time they need them.


2nd Opinion: Americans affirm 'no religious test'

The startling eclipse of Protestant hegemony at the executive and judicial branches is evidence we seem to be taking seriously the clause in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution that bans religious tests for public office.

In Touch: NAMB, Truett, Baylor, Commerce, home

We now are only a couple of weeks away from our annual meeting in Corpus Christi, and I hope you are making plans to attend. If you haven't made plans yet, it's not too late.
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