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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Voices: If you have the Lord, you have everything

May the church cease to be known as anything other than the people of God’s presence.

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Heiligman: Let’s pray Jesus' prayer—for unity

Unity of the local church is the chief testimony that will convince the world of the truth of Jesus’ message and mission.

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Editorial: Lovely words, loving God, loving others

When Christians are among the worst at speaking coarsely—vilifying and demeaning others—no wonder unbelievers and people of other faiths think badly of us, and also of our Savior.

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Chris McLain: ‘… breaking bread together in faith’

This week’s profile of Texas Baptist ministers features Chris McLain, pastor of First Baptist Church in Crowell.

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