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Bad editorials and good missionaries

Letters this week aired disagreements with Baptist Standard editorials and praised helping missionaries.

       
Orientation: Learning to repack suitcases

Orientation: Learning to repack suitcases

Student Missions blog: At Go Now Missions orientation, I not only was taught, but also tested. There was a lesson in everything we did, and with each lesson, we moved one step closer to being ready to be sent out to our mission fields all across the world.

       
bivo small church

Pastors, honor your calling to serve the Lord

Pastors should focus on God’s call, not church size, when they change pastorates.

       
letters

Will the church do what is needed?

A letter this week responded to last week’s editorial about the need for Christians to knit safety nets for society.

       
Mister Rogers

Editorial: ‘Look for the helpers’; be the helper

Advice Mister Rogers received from his mother many years ago is great advice for those of us living in a terror-traumatized, fractious and greedy world today.

       
Jerry Shields

Jerry Shields: Privileged to see genuine change that leads to new life

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Jerry Shields, pastor of First Baptist Church in Colorado City.

       
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Voices: If poverty is the church's responsibility

Here’s how church budgets would have to change if Christians were to take responsibility for U.S. poverty alleviation.

       
Tx capitol

Guest editorial: Texans, including lawmakers, must rise above physical aggression

Legislators set a bad example when they scuffled on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. We should expect better.

       
welcome visitors

Commentary: The stranger in our midst

Making guests feel welcome in your church requires intentionality—and the work of members and pastors alike.

       
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2nd Opinion: A pair of sixtysomethings offer advice to young people

Life—and God’s grace—provide valuable lessons for daily living.

       
Trump budget

Editorial: Christians, it's time to knit safety nets

President Donald Trump has proposed a budget, and because of the close association between his administration and evangelical Christians, God’s reputation is at stake.

       
Larry Parsley

Larry Parsley: Communicating the gospel creatively, relationally

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Larry Parsley, senior pastor of Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell.

       
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Voices: Discernment in the courts of the Internet

Christians should resist the temptation to enter into every dispute they come across on the Internet, ethicist Myles Werntz suggests.

       
fear

Voices: Pick faith over fear

Christians know God’s love, and we know God’s faithful promises. We don’t have to give in to fear.

       
Beauchamp

Guest editorial: Growing in compassion—the blessing of family reunification

A foster mother describes the complicated, poignant decision she and her husband made to serve not only the child in their care, but also his mother.

       
 
 
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