The Gift of Presence

By Randy Blanton Jeremiah 29:11-13 I am often puzzled by those who misuse human suffering as a litmus test to question the reality of God’s love. “If God is love,” some would query, “then why does he permit suffering in the world?” As I have pondered the difficulties encountered in 2016, a more appropriate question…

The Well that Never Runs Dry

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 63:1-8 “All day I’ve faced a barren waste/Without a taste of water,” sang the Sons of the Pioneers. “Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry/And souls that cry for water. Cool, clear water.” Those of us who live in South Texas know well the thirst-provoking landscape that Bob Nolan’s lyrics…

My Hope

By Erica Hanchey Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14 NIV Isaiah’s words to Ahaz, King of Judah, prophesy the conception and birth of Immanuel,
God with us, as a sign of Hope for the king and his…

Offering for Global Missions – 1

On the leading edge of the modern missionary movement, Baptists have been forming together, making disciples of all nations through long-term presence and commitment to serve the most forgotten and forsaken people around the world. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship engages in three primary contexts: Global Poverty, Global Migration, and the Global Church, spreading the love…

Election Day Communion

By Ellen Di Giosia During the course of this election season, the airwaves have been filled with divisive rhetoric, accusations of illegal and immoral behavior, and a shocking coarsening of political discourse. At times, it has felt like America has completely abandoned civility. If you like to peruse Facebook for cute pictures of babies and…