What do we stand for?

Maybe we need to look at all of Scripture.

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The dead-end of revenge

The “fall to violence” could be the original sin.

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Navel gazing

Is the church too busy attending meetings and talking with itself?

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What’s in a name?

Instead of talking about a war on poverty, we need to be talking about solidarity with the poor.

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Reckoning with the children on our doorstep

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

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Starting a conversation: The LGBT Issue, part 1

Every generation has its hot-button issue. For us, it’s the “the LGBT issue.”

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Supreme Court ruling legalizes religious discrimination

The door is now cracked for most corporations, Christian-owned or otherwise, to impose a wide range of religious dogma upon America’s workforce.

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In HBO’s ‘The Leftovers,’ concept of Rapture gets secular treatment

The message seems to be, God is sitting this one out.

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A sense of the heart

Religious experiences lead Christians to diverse, even disparate, actions in the world.

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Hobby Lobby decision protects free exercise of religion but could boomerang

What the court gives, the court could take away.

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Counting the cost of government funding

When a church becomes dependent on the government, don’t expect much room to swing.

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The rearview mirror

Only when past negative experiences fade in size can new life begin.

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Justice blundered

The Hobby Lobby decision fails on human rights, theological and Baptist grounds.

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: An alternative Christian model in a polarized era

Why a non-triumphal, ministry-focused Cooperative Baptist Fellowship matters in a polarized age. 

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Will you be known when you die?

It’s disconcerting to meet an entire family for the first time at the funeral you’re officiating.

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New South demographics

It’s hard to share the gospel if you don’t know how to say “hola.”

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I fought the law, and the law was unfair

I learned my lesson from a traffic citation, but not the one intended.

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Life isn’t fair

Life is most decidedly not fair. People gain success when they’re kind and good and loving. And people gain success when they live with blatant and sometimes even harmful disregard for others.

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Are church camps and conference centers going away?

Economic realities are trumping emotional attachments.

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Why we need a ‘Third Way’

Social change happens slowly, awkwardly and by degrees.

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