Voices: Keys to church revitalization, Part 1

What causes a congregation to seem negative during decline and exciting during revitalization? Ross Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brenham, offers some answers.

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Voices: Faith doesn’t require perfection

Faith does not always lead us to victorious living or our best life now. Our better life is not promised here. What is promised here is joy, hope and love in the midst of our wandering.


Voices: If you have the Lord, you have everything

May the church cease to be known as anything other than the people of God’s presence.

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Heiligman: Let’s pray Jesus' prayer—for unity

Unity of the local church is the chief testimony that will convince the world of the truth of Jesus’ message and mission.

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Editorial: Lovely words, loving God, loving others

When Christians are among the worst at speaking coarsely—vilifying and demeaning others—no wonder unbelievers and people of other faiths think badly of us, and also of our Savior.

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Chris McLain: ‘… breaking bread together in faith’

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Chris McLain, pastor of First Baptist Church in Crowell.


Voices: There’s one in every crowd

Does God have a unique assignment for the contrarians in every church? Maybe they’re there to convict everyone else’s conscience.

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Voices: Allowed ain't able, or able ain't allowed

How many families with special needs and how many senior adults are not involved in your church’s ministry because your physical space will not accommodate them?


Voices: Don’t vilify the BGCT, and don’t demonize other churches

Honest, genuine grief is an appropriate response to the division within the Baptist General Convention of Texas regarding response to churches that welcome and affirm LGBT members.

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Guest editorial: Why I love the church

When we are tempted to think about when the church has been its worst, we need to pause for a moment and remember when it was its best.


2nd Opinion: ‘School-choice’ vouchers provide solution to educational crisis

The head of Prestonwood Christian Academy contends a recent editorial opposing “school-choice” vouchers is wrong.


Homeless LGBTQ youth and 'Lenting' Baptists

Letters this week respond to an article about battling human trafficking and a column on observing Lent.

Rio Grande Valley: All about relationships

Rio Grande Valley: All about relationships

Student Missions Blog: The Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a place for establishing relationships.

Houston: Learn to listen

Houston: Learn to listen

Student Missions BlogOver and over again, I hear people mentioning their desire of having someone listen to them. ... In attempting to listen more, I have been able to have more one-on-one meetings with people who are non-Christians.


Commentary: How Texas churches can help prevent alcohol abuse

On March 19, Baptist churches nationwide will observe Substance Abuse Prevention Sunday. In Texas, substance abuse typically involves alcohol.

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