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Voices: My view of the mics—gender and generational divides

The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ debate over convention membership based upon churches’ response to LGBT relationships revealed generational and gender divides that may spell the end of the state convention.

       

Jason Burden: Serve a great God; see lives changed

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Jason Burden, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Nederland.

       

Commentary: Let's be Baptists—together

Let's be a convention of Baptists who live up to the best of our Baptist heritage as a people who value freedom of conscience and freedom to cooperate. Let's be a BGCT that lives up to Jesus’ high priestly prayer for us—that we be one.

       
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Editorial: A welcoming way ahead for Texas Baptists

Why can’t the Baptist General Convention of Texas welcome all churches that wish to affiliate with and support the work of the convention, even if the convention at-large does not agree with all of those churches’ beliefs or practices?

       

Voices: Confession vs. creed

If Texas Baptists continue to be a confessional people, we must consider the ramifications of the lines we draw for partnership, affiliation and fellowship. Now is an important time to consider what it means to be a Baptist.

       
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Voices: Confusing conformity with cooperation

When creedalism demands conformity, who says where the lines are drawn? Will conventions define faith for local churches? Or will congregations of faithful Christians cooperate together, trusting that Christ is the Lord of life and death?

       
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Letters: The BGCT’s annual meeting

Recent letters focus on issues raised prior to and during the 2016 BGCT annual meeting. Updated Nov. 18

       
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Letters: Politics, Baylor

This week’s letters focus on the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election and Baylor University’s investigation into its sexual abuse scandal.

       
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BGCT president: Texas Baptists exist for the church

The denominational work in Texas may not be perfect, but God is using this denominational work to bring others into the saving knowledge of Christ. The convention exists for the church, and the church needs your help to once again be a factor in our communities.

       
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Leslie Hollon: A heart, head and hand ministry

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Leslie Hollon, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.

       

Voices: Government, God and radical hospitality

Whether we believe government is evil, neutral or a force for good, maybe being “wise as serpents” means using it to empty ourselves of our savior complex, so that we can practice the radical hospitality Jesus calls us to.

       
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Voices: Harsh words and the state of our hearts

What we say and how we say it matters. Jesus tells us, “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What do your words and the way in which you say those words say about the state of your heart?

       
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Voices: Rethinking church and American politics in a fractious election year

God can work through whoever Americans elect as president, and claiming otherwise, no matter how much we dislike a candidate, is claiming a limitation on the power of God.

       
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Editorial: As much as ever, America must hear from our ‘better angels’

In the wake of the most divisive presidential campaign of our lifetimes, U.S. Christians must live up to our ideals by modeling reconciliation, demanding reform, standing up for our values and protecting the vulnerable.

       
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Commentary: What do we do now?

This election like few others will set the course of our nation for decades to come. Your involvement is a privilege paid with the lives of others. Few people on earth have this privilege. Vote. Pray. Proclaim the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

       
 
 
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