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AUSTIN – More than 60 Hispanic Texas Baptist leaders gathered at the Capitol Thursday ready to learn about how they can make a difference in state issues such as high school dropout rates, higher education, immigration, payday lending, hunger and human trafficking. Full Story »

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ISAAC’S 2012 DALLAS TRAINING SEMINAR ON LEGAL RELIEF FOR THE HOPELESS
The Immigration Service and Aid Center’s first training seminar on immigration law this year will take place at North Dallas Family Church on April 27-28. Full Story »

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The sport columns are filled today with the news that Josh Hamilton has possibly had a relapse with alcohol.  A note of caution should be used that the facts need to be clearly known before it is assumed to be true.  Sobriety is a daily challenge and even more challenging when life is lived in the public eye.  However, the topic has opened up the door for an honest conversation about addiction and relapse. Full Story »

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When I left local church ministry almost forty years ago to return to graduate school and become a family therapist, my father the preacher was visibly wounded.  “Son,” he said, “I am disappointed to see you leaving the ministry.”  I replied, “Dad, I am leaving church work to enter the ministry.”  In the event that my father and I have offended clergy or counselors present, let me share two factors that influenced that brief dialogue: 1. My Dad had made psychologists the target of many sermons.  2. I had ended up in an administrative position in a large urban congregation and felt far removed from those I felt called to serve. Full Story »

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As a child, my sister and I loved to watch the movie Little Women.  It was a classic at our house, and  we would pull out of the video and watch at least monthly. Full Story »

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Ethics as living discipleship

Relevance, transformation and impact from a Christ-like life are the signs of living discipleship.  “I did not expect such generosity and care from your church. I was just a visitor.” This was the comment on the church website after a church volunteer showed up at the geriatric surgery unit of a big city hospital on a tense Monday morning. When asked what motivated her to go to the hospital for a stranger, the volunteer said, “I’m not on my way to India as Mother Teresa, but I cannot bear to see the elderly turned out of their nursing home without medical care. I guess I didn’t visit so much out of personal compassion about the illness, as out of a sense of solidarity – the family was facing very unjust circumstance of being turned away.”  What does it mean to be motivated by a Christian ethic of biblical justice?  Scripture is not just expressing poetic metaphor when we as Christ followers are given the compelling and impossible task of loving the world. Full Story »

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