November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday

It's good to see more attention to giving this time of year, instead of just shopping with "Black Friday," "Small Business Saturday," and "Cyber Monday." The growth of "Giving Tuesday" may help us better remember wh…
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November 27, 2017

Discussing End-of-Life Issues

The November 2017 issue of  Word&Way  features a package on "Discussing End-of-Life Issues" The magazine also includes a number of other articles and columns. Here are the pieces I wrote for the issue: * My editorial, Profits of War, Prophets of P…
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November 22, 2017

Racism in the White Church

My friend W.T. Edmonson hosts a local television program in Jefferson City, Mo., called "FOCUS." He recently invited me to join a discussion on the program along with my friend Beau Underwood, senior minister at First Christian Church in Jefferson C…
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November 20, 2017

Cuba 2017 Photos

I've put together three photo albums from my recent trip to Cuba. We visited 13 churches in three provinces, including 11 churches and two provinces I hadn't been to previously. I've organized the albums by province. In each, you'll see church…
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November 15, 2017

A Couple Moments in Cuba

I'll be writing about my trip to Cuba last week for the December issue of Word&Way . But there were a couple of moments during the trip that involved Word&Way that I want to share now. The first moment came from my friend Joey Hern├índez, pastor of …
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November 11, 2017

Devotional on Joshua 20

I wrote a short devotion  for the Center for Congregational Ethics, an initiative started by my friend Bill Tillman. The reflection is based on Joshua 20 and includes thoughts on the an anti-death penalty vigil.
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November 6, 2017

Off to Cuba

I'm off to Cuba today to work with Baptist leaders in Santiago de Cuba and the surrounding region. This will be my third trip to Cuba (and my second trip to the eastern part of the island). During trips in October of 2014 and April of 2016, I visited seve…
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November 3, 2017

Deforming Tax Law & Churches

The new tax reform bill introduced by Republican congressional leaders includes many moral problems, including eliminating the adoption tax credit (so much for being pro-life) and actually raising taxes on some of the poorest working Americans (so much for co…
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