April 2004


It's an election year and the subject of religion and politics fills our public discourse.
Liberty of conscience used to be something that every Baptist held dear. We cherished it because it was denied to us for so long.
Perspective on The Passion
By James R. Fuller, Ph.D.
Those who have seen Mel Gibson's movie in special pre-release screenings invariably share a common reaction.
In October the Fundamentalist leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention quietly decided to pull the SBC out of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA).
Louisiana College
(3 articles)
Editors note: These articles make clear what would have happened to Texas Baptist Universities without the hard work of TBC and others. Thank goodness we have been able to protect our institutions from this kind of abuse and control.
I have chosen this place and this occasion to do something rather dramatic for me. I've decided to come out of the closet and admit publicly for the first time that yes, I am indeed a Moderate.
DALLAS - This year will mark the end of a long-standing "investment plan" between the Baptist General Convention of Texas and LifeWay Christian Resources, the official publishing house of the Southern Baptist Convention.
DALLAS - The Baptist General Convention of Texas has launched a process of "revisioning" that is expected to lead to reorganization of the convention's work.
Some people come to their convictions as a matter of education, like studying a theory or reading a narrative.
Collateral Damage Patty
By Mike Chancellor
Two folks of some notoriety made their way to Abilene this week.One was Paige Patterson, the new president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Paige, or as I like to think of him, "Collateral Damage Patty"...

Several have asked for some specific things they can do to preserve religious freedom in America. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Support the Baptist Joint Committee for Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. by joining the Religious Liberty Council ( - click on "Religious Liberty Council").

2. Support other organizations that fight to protect the First Amendment including Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, (, The Interfaith Alliance (, and others. I do not always agree with the positions they take, but for the most part they are excellent organizations.

3. Write your congressman and senators regularly and encourage them to protect religious freedom for all.

4. Get your church to participate in religious liberty Sunday. For information, contact the Baptist Joint Committee (

5. Be active in your political party.


Why do I contribute to Texas Baptist Committed?
By John A. Petty
In a word, freedom...

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The Last Word
By Emily Row

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