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FIRST-PERSON: America the beautiful?

Jim Richards says believers' response to current chaos should be to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the solution and to display that Gospel in a Holy Spirit-empowered life of holiness.

FATHER’S DAY: Rise up, O men of God

Jim Richards' dad was a firefighter, funeral director, chief civil deputy sheriff, director of security and a bivocational minister of music. Yet: "With all of the hats he wore, the one he wore best was 'Dad.'"

EASTER: The essential resurrection

Jim Richards underscores the Easter message of Christ's victory over the grave, noting, "Without the resurrection, the cross is a sad ending of a good man," leaving mankind without hope, "but with it, we have the assurance of eternal life."

FIRST-PERSON: Seeking God’s will

Texas Baptist leader Jim Richards relays the principles he uses for seeking to know God's will: the Bible, the Holy Spirit, godly counsel, preaching and teaching, and circumstances. "When our will is submitted to His will," Richards writes, "He will show us the proper path."

FIRST-PERSON: Picking a president

In casting a ballot in this year's presidential election, be informed, be convictional, be a patriot and be a witness, Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, writes.

THE CHURCH ~ Practicing Believer’s Baptism

Baptism is an important act of obedience for the follower of Jesus.

FIRST-PERSON: Creeds, confessions, beliefs & integrity

DALLAS (BP)--For the past several months I have refrained from entering the distressing dialogue in Baptist circles about "creeds." I am no etymologist, but those who are tell me that "creed" comes from the Latin word "credo" which means, "I believe." To say we have no creed is to say we have no beliefs.