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Guest editorial: Pastor—a unique, contextual calling

Each Christian is responsible to God for fulfilling calling. … Being a pastor is more than what I do. It is who I am called to be.


Johnson Amendment, public education, sanctuary campus, racism

Letters this week include responses to coverage of the Johnson Amendment, school voucher proposals, a call for Baylor University to become a sanctuary campus and racism in America.

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Editorial: Will the Executive Board follow messengers’ votes and remove churches?

Messengers to the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting created two standards for determining if a church is in “harmonious cooperation” with the BGCT. Will the convention’s Executive Board apply both standards?

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Voices: Exploring the new world in the 21st century

How should people of faith live, and move, and have their being in a chaotically developing new world?

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Voices: In these political times, protect your soul

Politics must not run our lives. It must not dictate the way we think about and treat others, and it must not leave us in despair. It must not become an idol.


David Ritsema: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel …’

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features David Ritsema, pastor of First Baptist Church in Waxahachie.

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2nd Opinion: Politicize our churches? No, thanks

Changing the law that prohibits churches and other charities from engaging in partisan politics is not about protecting free speech, asserts Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Guest editorial: Being the church

God calls us to be the physical presence of Christ in the world by literally caring for the hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned and the stranger. How could we possibly think this means only our sisters and brothers in our church and not the refugee, the immigrant, the homeless and the prisoner?

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Commentary: Christ, not America, first

God wants us to view everyone—regardless of their ethnicity, culture, nationality, politics, worldview, or socio-economic background—as people divinely loved by God and created in God’s image. (Sojourners)


Voices: What is truth? From ‘spin’ down to ‘alternative facts’

Christians should beware the seduction of powerful people who attempt to turn facts upside down.


Editorial: Johnson Amendment repeal would ‘destroy’ church unity

If you think President Trump’s plan to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment sounds good, think again. Religious liberty demands thoughtful separation of church and state, not a quickie marriage of pulpits and politics.

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Voices: Lessons I learned from my grandparents about religious liberty

Pastor James Hassell’s grandparents instinctively knew America does not enjoy religious liberty unless all Americans are free to worship according to the dictates of their consciences.

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David Rice: Walking together toward Christlikeness

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features David Rice, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Marshall.


Immigration, education, ‘Voices,’ Baylor, freedom

Letters this week focus on a range of issues, from immigration to education, “Texas Baptist Voices,” the Baylor sex-abuse scandal and religious freedom.


Guest editorial: Creatively outrageous congregations

For churches, finding the sweet spot between outrageous imagination and walking by faith is a very spiritual place for God’s people to be. How is your congregation doing with that balance?

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