Reading the Culture: Being a better father

A member of our Denison Forum board recently gave me Gregory Slayton's Be A Better Dad Today! 10 tools every father needs (Regal, 2012). I hadn't read a book on fatherhood for a while, but I'm glad I spent time with this one. It's the most holistic and practical guide to fathering I've ever seen.

RIGHT or WRONG? Racism

Racism seems more complicated than ever, with some ethnic groups divided among themselves. On top of that, so many church-planting strategies and church-growth schemes are based on creating congregations for only "our kind." How can Christians get past this kind of racism?

DOWN HOME: Pomp, circumstance & a short speech

Mid-May has arrived, and the strains of Pomp and Circumstance waft across campuses from sea to shining sea.

EDITORIAL: Pull the switch on the death penalty

Gov. Rick Perry should place a moratorium on executions, and the next session of the Texas Legislature should vote to abolish the death penalty.

Remember the infertile on Mother's Day

This Sunday dads will wake up extra early to make their wives breakfast in bed, or at least a good cup of strong coffee. Children will work diligently during their Sunday-school hour cutting out yellow-and-pink paper flowers or finger painting picture frames. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and for someone like me it is the most dreaded day of the year.


Reading John’s Gospel with Peter

I went to the apartment complexes and ran into Peter, a friend from the soccer fields. A few weeks back, I spent two days explaining the gospel to him and answering several of his questions about Christianity, but I hadn't seen him for long enough since then to continue our conversation.

Texas Baptist Forum

Our churches are becoming islands.

Quotes in the News

"The pop-theological mainstream of American evangelicals has so thoroughly assimilated the ideal of American capitalism that any deviation, however modest, from it is tantamount to radical godless humanism." --Scott Galupo

2nd Opinion: Between spirituality & religion

The gap between spirit and institution not only is problematic for religious organizations. The gap exists in business, where work and craft have been replaced by venture capital and profitability; in politics, where the common good and democracy are crushed by partisanship and corporate money; in education, where critical thought and the humanities are sacrificed to test scores.

IN TOUCH: From Waxahachie to New Braunfels

David Hardage continues his trek around Texas to survey the varied ministries of Texas Baptists.

Right or Wrong? Authentic relevance

How can churches move beyond mouthing an empty phrase and become truly relevant?

DOWN HOME: Nobody home but us guys & the dog

The Great Moment finally arrived for Ezra, my one and only grandchild, and me. His mama, Lindsay, and grandmama, Joanna, left us home alone together under the careful supervision of my dog, Topanga.

EDITORIAL: Did God really tell you to do that?

How should we—finite human beings—determine, much less claim, the will of infinite God Almighty?

Experiencing a Bhutanese wedding

Bhutanese weddingA few days ago, I had my first experience attending a traditional Hindu Bhutanese wedding.


2nd Opinion: Getting reacquainted with Jesus

A soft-spoken philosopher who wanders the countryside while telling heart-warming stories doesn't end up on a cross.
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