Is education in Texas mediocre?
State District Judge John Dietz, who is presiding over Texas’ school finance trial in Austin, wondered Tuesday, Nov. 20, if “maybe we as a state have been satisfied with mediocrity,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Dietz added that Texas’ tougher academic standards may simply reflect a new global reality. Full Story »
We all have thoughts, opinions, views on life. They are shaped through our experiences, study, relationships, culture and religion. If we get down to it, we all want our voice, our opinions to be heard. And that voice can even appear when we are trying to be helpful. Often we want to help on our terms. Full Story »
After serving for 35 years in three Baptist churches in Texas, I became a part of the Bible Study/Discipleship Team at the BGCT in 2000. My primary area of work was centered in discipleship and with ministers of education. On January 1, 2012, God led me into a new phase of ministry. Now I am one of nine congregational strategists serving throughout Texas to build stronger relationships with pastors and churches and provide help to them in any way possible. Full Story »
For many Christians, faith is reduced to an insurance policy against the fires of hell or a ticket that gets stamped for a trip to heaven. After professing their faith, they may obtain some knowledge of the Bible and God, but radical spiritual transformation is left for the pros. Their goal is to simply to make it into heaven and no more. Does your goal stop just inside of heaven? Full Story »
I have a confession to make, and I hope that none of my old youth teachers, college leaders or even pastors are reading this. I cannot remember any specific study, class or sermon that was taught to me. I am sure that they were good and were well-prepared, but there are none that stand out or that I have kept. Full Story »
In the parable of the lost coin, the woman who had ten silver coins lost one and did everything she could to find it. She swept the floor. She lit all the lamps in her home in hopes of seeing the coin sparkle in the light. She diligently searched until, finally, the coin was found. She broke out in jubilation, for what was lost was now found.
There are times in life when you lose or misplace things… keys, important insurance papers, socks, a favorite book and more. But after an intense search, you may find the lost items once again. The loss is momentary. Full Story »
When the topic of education and Hispanics comes up in a conversation, eventually it often drifts to undocumented students. I am not here to solve the issues that arise when students are undocumented, but I am here to say that as Christ followers, we are called to love all people in the name of Christ… even undocumented students.
The other day, I was visiting with Elizabeth Tamez, associate director of enrollment services at the Baptist University of the Americas and director of Nueva Generation3 Hispanic training effort. During our chat, she shared several important resources that can help parents, church leaders and friends know how to help a student still gain an education even if her or she is undocumented. Full Story »