Vital Christianity: As I see it

David Gushee

An effort to describe vital Christianity in 12 key characteristics, beginning with passionate love of God and neighbor. 

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Flower fights

Bill Leonard

Some Baptists are employing floral-based acronyms to articulate different conversion processes.

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The new face of generosity

John Chandler

It’s not about meeting church budgets. It’s about transforming people spiritually.

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Learning how to eat the Lord’s Supper

Brett Younger

What could be more surprising than grace that pours itself out for us?

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Christians, war and neighbor love

David Gushee

Genocidal sectarian violence may be happening in Iraq. What does love of neighbor require of us?

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Beginning a journey

Amy Butler

This columnist, who was called as pastor of Riverside Church in New York City June 8, shared this letter with her new congregation the same day.

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Come, Holy Spirit

Molly T. Marshall

The Spirit is always transgressing the boundaries we impose to try to secure our sense of identity.

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Wedding words

David Gushee

On the responsibility, and opportunity, of officiating a wedding in post-Christian America. 

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The fire below

Bill Wilson

A blaze is smoldering beneath the platform of congregational life in the 21st century.

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Conflict as blessing

Bill Wilson

Don’t waste the opportunity to learn — and grow — through a crisis.

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Holy woman

Bill Leonard

Maya Angelou extended holiness to some would-be ministers who continue to lighten “heavy loads” in the church and the world.

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Lessons before dying: Reflections from the bedside

David Gushee

In a spring filled with illness and death, here are a few hard-earned “lessons before dying.”

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Antibiotics: When “cheap and now” turns deadly

John Chandler

There’s a more responsible and sustainable way to live.

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Remember, new ministers — you’re incidental

Amy Butler

Seminary students often graduate believing they’re essential. They’re not. But that’s a good thing.

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Is feminist a Baptist word?

Molly T. Marshall

Baptist identity over the past several decades cannot be understood without paying attention to the rise of women in leadership and ministry.

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