Alan Bean

Alan Bean

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.

When unaccompanied children show up at our front door, the Jesus question gets really simple.

Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:46

Why we need a ‘Third Way’

Social change happens slowly, awkwardly and by degrees.

Friday, 02 May 2014 15:09

Motives matter

And sometimes they need to be questioned.

The church must speak up and offer compelling reasons to Millennials and other young people about what organized religion has to offer — and why they should stay.

Friday, 07 March 2014 17:29

A deeper distress at Ole Miss

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.

Monday, 11 November 2013 16:36

Don’t blame Al Mohler, it was God’s idea

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.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:30

Stuck in the messy middle

“We are not that kind of Baptist” begs the question, “What kind of Baptist are we?”

Monday, 15 July 2013 13:28

Jury selection helped Zimmerman

In theory, an ill-informed jury is an objective jury. In reality, an ill-informed jury is a disengaged and ignorant jury.

Friday, 21 June 2013 19:14

The serpent-and-the-dove thing

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.

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