October 31, 2017

How the Reformation (and a Baptist Meeting) Changed MLK's Name

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. The German monk who launched it - Martin Luther - now shares his name with another famous reformer: Martin Luther King Jr. How did MLK - who was not born with the Luther name - get …
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October 30, 2017

Tyler Talks on Religious Liberty

Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty , traveled to mid-Missouri to talk about religious liberty.  I've long appreciated the work of the BJC as they uphold the historic Baptist tradition of religious liberty f…
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October 27, 2017

Watch "Do Justice" Talks

Last month, Churchnet (where I serve as Associate Director) held its fall gathering. Meeting on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo., with the theme "Do Justice," the gathering included two powerful sermons from Starsky Wilson…
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October 26, 2017

Breaking New Ground

On Tuesday, I attended the official groundbreaking for the Central Missouri campus of The Baptist Home , which will be in Ashland (to add to campuses already in Ironton, Chillicothe, and Ozark). The Baptist Home is fantastic ministry devoted to caring for agin…
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October 24, 2017

Celebrating the Reformation

The October 2017 issue of  Word&Way  features a package on "500th Anniversary of the Reformation." The issue also includes a number of other articles and columns. Here are the pieces I wrote for the issue: * My editorial, Broken Tooth for Broken T…
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October 20, 2017

Column & Video

EthicsDaily.com reran a post I wrote last week about Donald Trump, the Iran nuclear deal, and a biblical story in Joshua 9. I appreciate them using it. Check it out:  What Trump Can Learn from Bible's 'Worst Deal Ever.' Danny Chisholm, senior pasto…
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October 18, 2017

Morning Joe's Sermon

Joe Scarborough, co-host of the MSNBC show "Morning Joe," offered some thoughts on President Donald Trump and Jesus. What seemed to particularly upset Scarborough was the so-called "Values Voter Summit" welcoming Trump, Steve Bannon, and o…
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October 17, 2017

Unethical Polling & Church Politics

A dirty little secret in polling is that you can generally get the result you want by framing the question in the "right" way to lead people as they answer the questions. This can be a way of trying to sway public opinion. Many people don't like…
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October 13, 2017

Trump, Iran, the Gibeonites and the Worst Deal Ever

As President Donald Trump reportedly prepares to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, I wonder if one of his evangelical advisers could show him a passage in the Bible about responding to the worst deal ever. Trump previously called the deal between Iran, th…
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October 11, 2017

Quote in Washington Post on Faith & Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Michelle Boorstein, religion reporter for the Washington Post , wrote a good article looking at faith and the current White House Press Secretary. The piece, How Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sees the World , even includes a quote from me. Here's the section with …
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October 10, 2017

Finding Old Churches Out West

When I think of old buildings, I tend to picture those I've seen in Paris or Amman. In the U.S., my thoughts of old buildings take me to the East Coast. So, I was pleasantly surprised on a family vacation recently when we saw some old churches, including …
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October 5, 2017

Highlights from Regional American Baptist Meeting

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend part of the annual gathering of the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region in Chesterfield, Mo. I'll report on the meeting some in the November issue of Word&Way , but here are three quick…
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October 2, 2017

Photos from Churchnet Event with Shane & Starsky

On Friday,  Churchnet  (where I serve as Associate Director) held its 2017 Fall Gathering at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Meeting with the theme "Do Justice: Engaging the Future with Hope," the evening featured plenary addresses by Shane …
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