The universal language.

I’m sitting face-to-face with a teenager. I want to talk to him, but I know he won’t understand me. And we’ll both draw strange faces and scratch our heads trying to figure out what the other one is saying. I didn’t know what to do. We just stared at each other for a while. He probably thought I was a strange person for just staring. And then when I was about to leave, the corners of his mouth tightened and a smile began to form.

Not by my strength

Everything is packed. I glance at the empty room where I spent 15 days. In just two weeks, I’ve become attached to the room. So many memories are in this small room with four jammed-packed beds.

Colliding particles

Life is a lot like matter. Matter is a lot like life.

Saying ‘goodbye’ is the hardest

I felt like something was tugging in my heart, pulling me a certain direction. I had the opportunity to teach English, but I was uncertain. Maybe Asia is where I'm supposed to be, but I don't know. I wish I had a clear answer.

Opinion: Bastrop County survivors forge forward, one year after fire

Bastrop FireEven before its flames were extinguished, Bastrop County residents were determined they would not be victims of the largest wildfire in Texas history. They were survivors, and survivors push forward no matter how trying the circumstances.


Plentiful harvest

The area of South Asia where I served has the highest concentration of spiritual lostness in the world, but don’t let that statement scare you. While the country is covered in darkness, God’s light is shining brighter than ever.

Flooded by love

I woke up and looked around my room at two empty beds where two great people had been.


"He was dog-paddling across the baptistry, retrieving new belivers."

Texas Baptist Forum: 2nd Amendment revisited

Knox does not know what he is talking about when he mentions militias.

Quotes in the News

"We know there is a difference between embracing and respecting the authority of the biblical revelation and pretending the Bible is some consistent catalogue of truth from which a verse here and a verse there can provide a definitive statement on every issue we encounter." --John Pierce

2nd Opinion: 1st Amendment protects everyone

Attempts to favor one faith—historically Protestant Christianity—over others in the public square are doomed to fail in the new religious America of the 21st century.

IN TOUCH: Salado, BSM, Truett, Dallas & STCHM

It appears Kathleen and I are getting close to buying a home in Dallas.

Reading the Culture: Who will win the election?

We are in a new period of presidential politics, one unlike any our generation has experienced. This is the argument of Michael Barone, co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

Right or Wrong? Helping the poor

Jesus said the poor "always" will be with us. Was he talking about all the people who don't have much money, or just the ones we call the "deserving poor" or the "poor in spirit"? How should Christians treat this problem?

DOWN HOME: Long, hard summer; valuable lessons

To the summer of 2012, I say a heartfelt and unremorseful "Good riddance."
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