Reading Time: 2 minutes Religious liberty under girds the Baptist tradition. It’s one of the reasons the English Separatists pulled away from the Anglican Church and started something new. People are free to believe … Continue reading A Pandemic, Elections, & Religious Liberty
Reading Time: 2 minutes When I get into a routine, it’s easy to keep my eyes down and stay focused on what is in front of me. During this time of social distancing, some … Continue reading Soaking in God’s Creation
Reading Time: 3 minutes In fourth-century Antioch, a man died leaving his young wife a widow. She was only 20 years old and had a son named John to raise by herself. I cannot … Continue reading Reconciliation According to John Chrysostom
Reading Time: 2 minutes Last week, Elmo and his father Louie discussed racism. I saw the following clip here: Elmo does not understand the protest, and his father explains that “a protest is when … Continue reading Elmo Teaches about Racism
Reading Time: 2 minutes When you hear the phrase, “Black lives matter,” what do you think? A few years ago, it seemed controversial, as if it showed preference for one group over another. Some … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatter & the Monday Protest Outside My Church
Reading Time: 4 minutes During a global pandemic and recession with 14.7% unemployment in the U.S., another white police officer killed an unarmed black man. This does not mean all police officers are racist … Continue reading What do we say in this moment?
Reading Time: 3 minutes We were finishing our dinner this evening when my phone chimed a news alert. The AP app said, “President Trump says he will deploy military unless states halt violent protests … Continue reading Speaking Truth in Love: “Mr. President, listen.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes My heart broke again this week when another police officer killed another unarmed black man. A police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and he died. He didn’t have to … Continue reading Glorifying Violence Violates the Love of Christ
Reading Time: < 1 minute Will our response to this pandemic unite or further divide us? In 2017, I was near the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By “near,” I mean that I … Continue reading Crossing the lines we draw
Reading Time: 3 minutes St. Ambrose was the Archbishop of Milan during the fourth century. He was one of the most influential figures in the early church, and tradition holds that after St. Augustine … Continue reading Letting Our Life Reflect God Each Day
Reading Time: 2 minutes The other day, I felt the dreariness of isolation. It wasn’t loneliness because I am lucky to social distance with my family. Fortune smiled on us because we like being … Continue reading Good Day – A Song for Times Like This
Reading Time: 4 minutes Years ago, I attended a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) dinner. I was serving as pastor of my first church, and Daniel Vestal led a Q&A session. When my turn at … Continue reading Why Do Denominations Exist?