November 29, 2015

Fear Not!

Throughout the Christmas narratives in the Bible, a key phrase rings out time and time again. Fear Not! The angel Gabriel uttered these words to Zechariah when informing him that his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John. Fear Not! Gabriel also offered thes…
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November 28, 2015

Review: Evangelical Christian Baptists of Georgia

I recently wrote about a controversy dividing Baptists in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia (see two-part articles here and here ). For the articles I talked with three key Georgian Baptist leaders. As I finished my articles, Baylor University Press pub…
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November 27, 2015

Vote Inconsistent with Holiday Ideal

Thanksgiving naturally leads many of us in the United States to stop and reflect on our blessings. That is, until we then try to kill each other getting to Black Friday sale items the next morning - or now even before we clean the dishes since some stores ope…
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November 25, 2015

Need to Show Compassion toward Refugees

As I've watched the rhetoric against Syrian refugees, I've been particularly alarmed by how quickly so many politicians in both parties joined the fear-saturated attacks. Despite the fact refugees are already highly vetted and there are many easier an…
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November 24, 2015

IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits ran a two-part series of articles I wrote on "IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits." Earlier this fall, the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board (IMB) announced a massive deficit and …
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November 16, 2015

November 12, 2015

Rural Ministry's Unique Blessings

I wrote the cover package for the latest issue of Word&Way (a Baptist magazine in the Midwest). The theme for the issue is "Rural Ministry's Unique Blessings." For a previous issue in September, I wrote about urban church ministry. The first…
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November 10, 2015


A great response from the Disciples of Christ: And another great response from the Salvation Army:
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November 9, 2015

Resignations, Racism, and Rhetoric

Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri System, resigned this morning. Bowen Loftin, chancellor of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, announced this afternoon he would step down to a research position at the end of the year. As a two…
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November 2, 2015

Never Give Up ... Royals Style

During a walk with my family yesterday afternoon, my eyes glanced over toward a wooded spot along the trail. It's a place where my gaze frequently lingered the past few months. Early in the summer, my three-year-old son found a baseball in the weeds next …
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