Counterpoint: Texas Baptists, what have we just lost?

For generations, the Baptist General Convention of Texas was conservative but provided a place to belong for less-conservative congregations. The membership policy approved at the 2016 BGCT annual meeting untethers those churches and their members—a big deal, asserts David Currie, former leader of Texas Baptists Committed.

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Eric Black: Transparent approach to God's call

This week, our profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Eric Black, pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington.


Point: Sorting out the BGCT, LGBT and Baptist autonomy

An appeal to “church autonomy” does not prohibit the Baptist General Convention of Texas from removing congregations that defy principles generally accepted by the majority of the convention’s affiliated churches, notes Truett Seminary’s Roger Olson.

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Heiligman: In Jesus, the awaited Promise arrived

The wait is over! God’s plan to defeat Satan and sin has been executed. The long-awaited promise of blessing has arrived. Jesus has come! He is Immanuel, God with us! Let us therefore celebrate this reality like never before this Christmas season.

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In Touch: Open house, retreat, annual meeting, officers, book, gospel

This week, BGCT Executive Director David Hardage discusses an open house at the convention's Executive Board offices, as well as other events and developments across the state.

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Commentary: In praise of ‘old school’ discipleship

The process for making disciples has a lot in common with “old school” vending machines, Texas Baptist missionary Ernie Rice insists.

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Commentary: Understand development to provide care for grieving children

The Christmas season is not all joy. For many—children included—holidays are a renewed time of grief. Understanding how our children develop helps us care for them when they grieve.


Editorial: What happens when Baptists split?

Baptists lose far more than numbers when we part company.

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Fields: Obedience equals power

The degree to which we are obedient to the commands of Christ in any situation determines how much supernatural empowerment we receive from the Holy Spirit to be fruitful in that situation.

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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.

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