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Voices: The myth of secularism

Assuming things are dire when they really are going well sabotages our witness to the world and insults the work of the God who continues to add to our numbers daily.

       
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Voices: When God turns “Wine Into Water”

If we will give up our thoughts and our ways that take us away from creation as God intended it, and if we will accept God’s thoughts and ways, God will make us new again.

       
Patrick Adair

Patrick Adair: Watching spiritual seeds bear fruit

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Patrick Adair, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Marshall.

       
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Commentary: Ministering to Alzheimer's caregivers in your congregation

Your church can take practical, effective steps to help ease the burden of people caring for victims of Alzheimer’s disease.

       
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Guest editorial: On church conflict, 'I beg to differ'

Conflict in the church is inevitable, but it does not have to be personal or ugly. It does not have to create winners and losers. It does not have to be mean. But left untended, conflict can become all of those.

       
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Guest editorial: The ethics of health care explained. Am I my brother’s keeper?

By its very nature, insurance depends on those without immediate need helping those who receive service now.

       
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A preacher’s kid describes a hospital miracle

A daughter and granddaughter of Texas Baptist pastors Richard and Bob Ray describes the spring break she spent in a hospital waiting room.

       
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Redistricting and justice, plus more on Moore

Letters this week focused on the recent editorial about the injustice of gerrymandered legislative districts and the challenges to Southern Baptist ethics leader Russell Moore.

       
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Learn to listen; follow Jesus’ model

Letters this week focused on listening and using words wisely, as well as following Jesus’ example for relating to people.

       
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Editorial: How can Texas claim to be righteous and embrace injustice?

Baptists—who claim the gospel is good news for all people—must champion fair, representative legislative districts, as well as equal opportunity for all citizens to cast their ballots.

       
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Bobby Dagnel: Leading the church to engage

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Bobby Dagnel, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lubbock.

       
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‘The call,’ or ‘_ _ _ _, the preacher is coming’

The words pastors overhear—and overlook—often explain the context of ministry.

       
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Voices: May women know our churches are filled with 'men on bicycles'

Every woman and girl should know the men in our congregations are “the men on bicycles”—protective, pure, faithful and courageous.

       
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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.

       
 
 
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