Learning about love

Lately, I've been learning a lot about love and what it truly looks like to love others the way that God loves.


Beauty covered in grime

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and French fries—that’s about all I knew about Paris before I went there. 

Let God do it

Things have been kind of hard here lately. We've been here for more than two months, and we've done a lot of good work. But sometimes I wish we could see more fruit.


Cartoon: "So, how long have you lived off the church's love offerings?"

2nd Opinion: Vote with 'childlike naievete'

Give thanks for the privilege to cast a vote—even a losing one. After the results are in and if your candidate or mine loses, don't worry. Remember, your life is not in the hands of a candidate. It is in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.

Commentary: Downsizing without destruction

Wading into the pool of church staff downsizing is like stepping into a body of water full of sharks or a war-torn highway full of IEDs.

IN TOUCH: Annual meeting, home & homecoming

As I write this column, our Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Corpus Christi is coming to a close.

Quotes in the News

"When you are in the culture of doing good deeds, taking care of the poor, taking care of the widow, the orphan, not as a means to something else but because this is what true religion should be doing, even the nonbeliever would say, 'Look at that.' There is a certain respect that comes from that." --Jim Daly

Reading the Culture: The next 10 years

When one of the closest presidential elections in history is decided, what will the next four years bring?

Right or Wrong? American exceptionalism

"American exceptionalism" has crept into campaign rhetoric and also is proliferated by Christians. Isn't it an expression of civil religion that can turn our nation into an idol?


DOWN HOME: All roads lead to you-know-where

If I had thought about it in time, I would have proposed Texas Baptists hold all their annual meetings somewhere along Interstate 35 or Interstate 37 south of Austin.

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.
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