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Columnist Ken Satterfield rounds up helpful resources to help you with voting, with sites giving information on candidate positions, ballot initiatives, campaign finances, polling, fact-checking, and more.

What if God uses a corn maze each fall to remind us how much we need each other? What if God uses the vibrant colors of the fall leaves to show us how to pay attention? What if God uses the brisk air to teach us that seasons change and so do we? 

Russell Jackson writes: The Missouri Baptist Convention’s “procedural” change in Nominating Committee rules is a major shift in substantive policy that should be voted on by the messengers themselves, not done in a back room by the MBC’s Executive Committee.

Over the past six months, there has been a lot of attention paid to ventilators, personal protective equipment, and the scarcity of them. The lack of these resources certainly puts a community in danger. But we also can’t overlook an equally deadly problem: misinformation.

Columnist Greg Mamula reflects on the encounter in Luke 8.26-39 between Jesus and a Garasene community that included a man overwhelmed by the constant presence of a Legion of demons.

Private decisions almost always have public consequences, so we debate these questions online and in the public square. We lob our opinions at one another, convinced that our team has the right answers. In the middle of the chaos, I can’t help but wonder, Are we even asking the right questions?

We live in a society of convenience and comfort that is unlike any society before us anywhere. So, to tell that unvarnished truth often doesn’t fit in with our lives of incredible comfort, affluence, and ease.

Political disagreement among Christians is as old as the church itself, and I don’t expect us all to agree on every issue. But whether we are liberal or conservative, the continuity of democracy and peaceful transfer of power is safer than the alternative.

Trustees for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary followed the request of SBTS President Al Mohler and voted against renaming buildings that honor the school’s enslaver founders. But while Mohler and SBTS insist names are important, they keep ignoring some names: those enslaved by the founders.

Reflecting on a past experience, contemporary science, and biblical teachings, columnist Wade Paris writes about why we lie and, more importantly, why we should tell the truth.