Quotes in the News

"An alternate name and the election of a president of color—both laudable steps forward in the pursuit of racial harmony—will not ultimately solve the Southern Baptist Convention's race problem. Southern Baptists need a change of heart." --Jonathan Merritt

2nd Opinion: Lesson from a law-abiding citizen

Frustrated by a car traveling at the speed limit, this busy mom had time to reflect on some larger life issues.


IN TOUCH: A Christian, history & a thought

I have completed my second Executive Board meeting, and I'm delighted so many people give of their time to serve our convention.

Reading the Culture: Should Israel attack Iran?

Israel's future is more uncertain today than at any time since 1973, primarily because of the looming specter that is Iran. The most recent edition of World Affairs Journal carries a fascinating exchange on the question: Should Israel attack Iran?

Right or Wrong? Worldview change

The late missiologist Paul Heibert said Christian evangelism typically advocates changes in behavior and belief, but most of all, it should demand a change in worldview. Surely this is not what Jesus intended for his disciples, is it?

DOWN HOME: Stuff I learned from my grandson

Our summer got off to a great start. Our grandson, Ezra, spent three nights and parts of four days with Joanna and me. This was his first time to stay overnight apart from his mom and dad in his almost-17-month-old little life.

EDITORIAL: Stress test: Rereading Matthew 25

In this issue of the Standard, we take the "Matthew 25 Test." How well are churches feeding the hungry and thirsty, welcoming the strangers, clothing the naked, mending the sick and ministering to people in prison?


Haiti? Indescribable

Haiti missionsEvery time I try to write about my experience in Haiti building homes from rubble, I don’t even know where to start. Words fail me.


Serving behind a curtain

My first week of summer missions was spent learning how to be a puppeteer—learning the puppet show and songs.

Preparing spiritually

As I leave for Colorado, I have to say: “Goodbye, Texas heat. I won’t miss you.”  I have the opportunity to serve the next two months through Go Now Missions as a summer missionary in Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo., where I will work with several church planters.



Greater than my comprehension

My prayer before I went to Haiti on a medical mission was for God to show me more of who he is and how he loves. It was not until Sunday morning that I realized how all-knowing God is.

Learning lessons along the way

God began working on me, teaching me lessons even before I arrived at my missions assignment in Florida.

Learning about putting an end to hunger

Hunger FarmMorning began with a visit to the World Hunger Relief farm near Waco. We learned what the Farm Bill is and how it applies to the issue of food distribution.


2nd Opinion: Border violence & Christian faith

Christians are not called to a life of comfort but to one in which we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Violence in Mexico is challenging our fidelity to that vision and our love of the brethren.

In Touch: From Baylor to Austin, Tyler & Bartlett

I begin by thanking Jim Denison for his willingness to continue serving our Texas Baptist family as our theologian-in-residence.
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