College football is a simple example of the fact that stability and continuity are no longer cornerstones of our American cultural identity. Our churches are located in a world of endless transition, constantly rewriting once universal meta-narratives in favor of more local, post-modern, individualistic stories.
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The Fellowship is 20 years old and is in a season of life in which a great deal of self-discovery is much over due. For the better part of 20 years, the Fellowship has been defined by what it is not. It is time the Fellowship learns that the wounds of its past do not have to dictate what can be a very bright future.
Published in 2011 Archives
Sunday, 10 June 2012 00:00

OPINION: Signs of the spirit

From May 27 until Nov. 23—24 Sundays in all—the Church is in a season simply known as “after Pentecost.” During this time we are challenged with following the spirit-filled witness of the earliest Christians as they sought to make sense of Jesus’ gospel in a world without his physical presence.
Published in 2012 Archives
Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

OPINION: It’s not about Sunday

We need to focus more on Sunday morning. We need to start a new worship service. We need to do more to get young people through our doors. These are the cries so often heard in the 21st century Baptist church. Long gone are the glory days when every church busted at its seams on Sunday morning.

Published in 2012 Archives

Recently, only uttering the name of Chick-fil-A has brought about significant controversy. I have no plans of joining either side of the debate but instead hope to offer what I believe is a rational perspective on something that has quickly blown up into yet another point of contention and division in the body of Christ.

Published in 2012 Archives
Saturday, 18 August 2012 00:00

OPINION: The falconer

As military conflicts drag on and the economy drops lower each day, so too does the legitimacy of any organized institution in the minds of the American people. Confusion reigns and the general public wants an­swers. How could such a strong nation fall so quickly? Who is to blame? Who knows the way out?
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If Baptist churches are serious about revitalizing Baptist identity for the 21st century and breathing new life into our movement, we must end our obsession with programs deemed successful on the basis of numerical growth and replace them with self-aware expressions of faith which promote vibrancy.
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Saturday, 15 September 2012 00:00

OPINION: More preaching needed at CBF events

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship events provide moderate Baptists with opportunities for networking and partnerships in hopes of accomplishing the same ends I saw at the Democratic National Convention — renewed identity and collective energy to carry out our missional ministries in a world which desperately needs them.
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Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

OPINION: Loving Libya (and everyone else)

This week as I reflect on the recent attacks on the American embassy in Libya, I have been comforted and challenged by words from the lectionary’s current readings from James and believe they can offer us the guidance needed to remain a faithful Christian witnesses during such chaotic times.

Published in 2012 Archives
We’re huge Harry Potter fans, and one of our traditions as the misty days quickly approach Halloween is to watch the Harry Potter films a bit more than usual.  Sometimes we do this for hours at a time watching multiple movies in one sitting. One of my favorite quirky objects in Harry Potter lore is the cloak of invisibility.
Published in 2012 Archives
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