Alan Bean, an ordained American Baptist minister, directs Friends of Justice, a non-profit agency based in Arlington, Texas, dedicated to ending mass incarceration and respecting human dignity in the criminal-justice system. His original post can be found on our blog.
The failure to grapple with the sins of the fathers is nowhere more palpable than in the churches.
No one outside the tribe is going to celebrate the conservative resurgence, so its heroes might as well celebrate themselves.
A celebratory documentary gives one side of Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler’s 20-year rise from a 33-year-old Baptist state newspaper editor to the intellectual voice of conservative evangelicalism.
“We are not that kind of Baptist” begs the question, “What kind of Baptist are we?”
In theory, an ill-informed jury is an objective jury. In reality, an ill-informed jury is a disengaged and ignorant jury.
There is such a thing as principled moderation, but real-world moderates are more prone to fudge, ignore and obfuscate when there appears to be no constituency for the truth.
A nation that celebrates death, destruction and dismemberment in the realm of fantasy should not be surprised when, in the minds of a poisoned minority, these feverish dreams bleed into reality.
Using God as a political mascot, for either party, is a sin.
Every good story needs an antagonist, a villain, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship story doesn’t have one.
The Trayvon Martin case is following a predictable trajectory. Calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman centered on the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain’s unprovoked vigilante pursuit of an unarmed citizen. Now comes the inevitable backlash as the Sanford, Fla. police department leaks reports that Martin had been suspended from school after being connected to an empty marijuana baggie. The unspoken message is that Trayvon Martin really was the flipped-out druggie Zimmerman initially reported in a 911 call.