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Voices: What Advent means for us in 2016

If Christians ever needed to celebrate Advent—when we remember and anticipate God “coming towards” us—it’s this year.

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Voices: God calls us to ordinary faithfulness

God wants to use you right where you are to show his glory and grace to your family and to your community. … Be faithful in what God has given you and where God has placed you.

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Voices: Unshakable joy

As we wade into the often-treacherous, stressful, anxiety-producing waters of this holiday season, may our love toward one another answer any question of who we are and whose we are.

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Voices: I will put others before myself in church

It’s time to put others before ourselves. … We who call ourselves followers of Jesus must do like Jesus and serve one another.


Letters: Texas Baptists and letters to the editor

Letters this week focused on the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting and recent letters to the editor.

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Ross Shelton: Seeing God work in people’s lives

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Ross Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brenham.

UTD: Seeing the Scriptures through fresh eyes

UTD: Reading the Bible through fresh eyes

Student Missions Blog: My friend Shea and I have the blessing of studying the Gospel of John this semester with our international student friend who is not yet a follower of Christ. It’s beautiful to hear our friend read a passage of Scripture in her native language for the first time.

Rice University: Importance of intentionality

Rice University: Importance of intentionality

Student Missions Blog: We sometimes overlook the importance of intentionality. We are sure to turn it on when it’s convenient, and at other inconvenient and uncomfortable moments, we turn it off. 

 Commentary: The sin of certainty

Commentary: The sin of certainty

I tend to steer clear of making statements with certainty, because I know—as a fallible human being—I see “through a glass darkly.” We all should have convictions on which we base our lives, but dogmatism does not honor Christ.

Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

Commentary: Really? One disagreement, and we throw away all that we share?

There is too much need in the world for us to keep pushing each other out of the circle of shared ministry. (Texas Baptists Committed)


Editorial: Three major blessings in a tough year

Even though 2016 has been quite a challenge across our nation and in our convention, Editor Marv Knox finds comfort and hope in counting his blessings this Thanksgiving.

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Reeves: Introduction, request, challenge

Danny Reeves presents his inaugural column as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.


Letters: More responses to the BGCT annual meeting

Letters this week continued readers’ reactions to the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Waco.

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Voices: Pondering Ten Commandments for the long haul through life

Veteran pastor Kyle Childress offers 10 commandments for living a faithful Christian life across the span of your life.

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Voices: Opportunity for unity in God's kingdom

God’s kingdom is now—and will certainly be in its fullness—comprised of a rich diversity of believers and traditions. If our Christian faith fails to embody this, then whose cause are we advancing?

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