Patterson: care for the immigrants among us

Paige Patterson spoke on the issue of immigration reform during a Pray4Reform service Feb. 9 at Nueva Vida (New Life) Baptist Church in Dallas. The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary called upon Republican politicians to "stop playing for political favor," and for Democratic politicians to "stop trying to take advantage of for your political party."

FIRST-PERSON: When ‘hello’ is not enough

Take steps to greet church visitors with more than a polite hello or glad-you-came, columnist Diana Davis advises. "Make a personal commitment to intentionally 'connect' with one guest every Sunday," she writes, whether "in the parking lot, foyer, nursery, hallway, worship service."