Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard is James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. His "Can I Get a Witness?" column appears biweekly at ABPnews.com.

Reserving the right

Might churches offer their own alternative “witness” on divisive cultural issues of marriage, race, sexuality and conscience? We’d better try.

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Sor Juana and the sounds of silence

Not speaking isn't the same as having nothing to say.

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A new bivocationalism

A new generation of ministers is taking a hard look at how to expand their witness in both the church and the public square.

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Emergency rooms

Emergency rooms remind us just how close we are to the people of the Bible, linked by inevitable mortality and ever-fragile common humanity.

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Numbering our days, applying our hearts

New Year’s ever reminds that life really is short.

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Charting clergy trust

Why are clergy honesty and ethics rankings at an all-time low?

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The first war on Christmas

In Advent 2013 let’s not become so obsessed about who says “Merry Christmas” over the counter that we ignore the magnificent ignominy of Jesus’ birth.

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You know we can hear you

A documentary on the last 20 years at Southern Seminary could have made its point without treating professors who came and went before as objects rather than persons.

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Billy Graham and the 'old, old story'

Reflections on the 95th birthday of the world’s most famous evangelist.

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Can I get a witness -- again?

The permanent transition that characterizes American religious life offers an opportunity to revisit the word “witness” and its meaning for the future.

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