Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is a freelance writer and Baptist minister who divides time between  Arlington, Va., and Oklahoma City, Okla. She blogs at Preacher on the Plaza.

Thursday, 15 September 2011 14:29

Taking a leap of faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. By faith, Abel.… By faith, Noah.… By faith, Abraham.… By faith, Isaac.… By faith, Jacob.… By faith, Joseph.”
Baptist Women in Ministry recently came out with its latest report on the state of women in Baptist life. In the report, released at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Tampa, Fla., BWIM reported that there have been some positive changes of women accepted into Baptist pastorates in the last year, yet the numbers are still staggering. 
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:58

What 'they' think of the Baptists

No matter if you believe being gay is theologically sound or not, the presence of the gay and lesbian community in our society is growing all the time. A May 25, 2011, Gallup Poll reported a new all-time high of Americans who think that gay and lesbian relationships should be legal: 64 percent.
 
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 05:35

An Easter PSA

There’s nothing like Easter Sunday to make folks happy. Songs and shouts of “Alleluias” fill our sanctuaries.  People arrive dressed in their Easter best. Old and new friends alike are in the same room for a common cause of worship. What’s not to love about this? 
Friday, 25 March 2011 16:12

Love's hard calling

Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" are among the phrases most quoted and memorized by many of us in seeking to be followers of Jesus. They are the "quick" responses many give in Sunday school when asked what we would do if violence struck close to home.
 
Friday, 04 February 2011 10:30

Our brothers, our sisters, our friends

Egypt and its political future has been on all of our minds recently, especially if we have ears at all turned toward the Middle East.
 
Monday, 24 January 2011 12:30

Wailing women

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke -- an imam, a rabbi and a Baptist and an evangelical pastor spend 10 days together in Jerusalem -- but for me, this week, such is true.
 
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:36

Love, your favorite heretic

I got a thank-you e-mail the other day from one of my friends who does not regularly attend church. She signed the message: “Love, your favorite heretic.”
 
Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:30

Behind the wizard’s curtain, humans

As a child, I would beam with delight when I was able to watch the beloved 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. There’s truly something magical about a story in which miserable circumstances get transformed for the good, where community is created among the most unlikely of friends and where those who are different are most certainly included -- isn’t there?
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:51

Being off duty as a pastor

While I have great respect for the work of my Episcopal and Catholic clergy friends, I am glad that I’m not one of them. Not because of theology or tradition or even the clergy pay structure, but because of the collar -- the uniform that comes with the job. There are times that I want to be off duty.
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