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Dorothy Kelley Patterson

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CHRISTMAS: To receive is to give

Dorothy Patterson offers this Christmastime counsel: Embrace the blessing of receiving gifts, not just giving them. "If you spurn the gifts of your loved ones here on earth," she writes, "how can you gratefully receive the gifts of the heavenly Father?"

FIRST-PERSON: Standing up to American Girl

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--American Girl ranks right up there with motherhood and apple pie, and yet the company is reportedly being assaulted by “conservative activists” for their support of an organization that endorses liberal causes. This outcry, however, is not limited to “conservative activists." It extends to parents and grandparents and to all Americans who want not only to protect Judeo-Christian values but also to see these values implanted in the lives of their children.

FIRST-PERSON: Virginia WMU & women in ministry

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--How intriguing to see that the leaders of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia have adopted a declaration endorsing the "diverse and unlimited" Christian vocations of women. Does Scripture offer any unlimited choices other than God’s grace?

FIRST-PERSON: The Baptist Faith & Message and women

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Who says women are second-class Baptists? No one I know unless it might be someone who suggests that teaching the Bible to women and children is a waste of talent and training unless men are in the audience.