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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)

       
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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.

       
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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.

       
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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.

       
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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?

       

2nd Opinion: Persecution of Christians is rising globally, but does the West really care?

Persecuted Christians around the world need the support and advocacy of Christians in the United States.

       
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Voices: In Christ, there is no longer male and female

Attend the 2017 Women in Ministry Conference sponsored by Texas Baptist Women in Ministry and Logsdon Seminary at Logsdon’s campus in Abilene Feb. 10-11.

       
Fort Worth: Going ‘all-in’ for missions

Fort Worth: Going ‘all-in’ for missions

Student Missions Blog: The University of Texas at Austin Baptist Student Ministry spent three cold days in Fort Worth on an “All-In” mission trip. From a crowded refugee apartment church, to playing with kids, to teaching youth line dancing, we definitely had to be “all-in.”

       
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Editorial: Life lessons from saints who passed from us far too soon

Janie and Todd, lay leaders at Valley Ranch Baptist Church, embodied the presence of Christ to practically everyone they met. They passed from this life to the next far sooner than we wanted. But the way they lived their too-short lives provides lessons for all of us.

       

Guest editorial: Balance security and compassion, but respect refugees

Urge President Trump to reconsider the scope and effect of his executive order on immigration and to work with congressional leaders to devise a solution that bolsters American security without causing unnecessary delays for refugees fleeing violence or disregarding traditional American values.

       
 
 
 
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