"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.

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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.


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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?

In Touch: First words from the new BGCT leader

Hello, Texas Baptists. This is my first article in the Baptist Standard as your new executive director.

DOWN HOME: Undulating weather and divine wisdom

Raise your hand if you—or your sinuses, or the local plants—are confused by the weather.

EDITORIAL: Lessons from a political dogfight

President Obama's latest run-in with U.S. Catholic bishops provided what parents like to call a "teachable moment." Whether Americans learned a lesson is anybody's guess.

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