The War on Poverty: A young Baptist’s experience

Bill Leonard

As probably the first white person to work for blacks in Dallas County, Texas, my thinking was transformed in profound ways.

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‘All my ex’s...’

Bill Leonard

Who says moderate Baptists haven’t grown up?

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Millennials at hand

Bill Leonard

Those 18- to 33-year-olds present a challenge to churches, but they may be more religious than we — or they — think.

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Reserving the right

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

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A new bivocationalism

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

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Charting clergy trust

Bill Leonard

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

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The first war on Christmas

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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'

Bill Leonard

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

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Can I get a witness -- again?

Bill Leonard

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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Prison songs

Bill Leonard

In times of hardship, singing “brings out the soul.”

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This IS America

Bill Leonard

Given the reality of gun violence in America, faith communities should begin developing strategies for responding to mass murders like those in place for natural disasters.

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