Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard is James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. His "Can I Get a Witness?" column appears biweekly at ABPnews.com.

‘He Tells Me I Am His Own?’ Maybe …

As numbers of persons distance themselves from the nurture and evangelical witness of the church, now what?

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Debtors!

Love may be easy; it’s the neighbors who are difficult

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If they are black

It may be less immediately important that our churches be integrated than that we recommit ourselves to listening to one another.

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Grappling with the changing sociology of Sunday

Changes in culture’s attitude toward the first day of the week aren’t temporary flashes in the ecclesiastical pan, and American religious history may offer clues for dealing with the current religio-cultural transitions.  

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Protecting Christians and Yazidis: Elusive religious freedom

Barbarisms in the name of religion demand a response.

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Wars and rumors of … religion

With war comes bad religion, masquerading as authentic faith.

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Apocalyptic sex: Lest we forget

Christian history suggests the Church just can’t resolve the flesh/spirit dilemma, past or present.

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A sense of the heart

Religious experiences lead Christians to diverse, even disparate, actions in the world.

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Flower fights

Some Baptists are employing floral-based acronyms to articulate different conversion processes.

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Holy woman

Maya Angelou extended holiness to some would-be ministers who continue to lighten “heavy loads” in the church and the world.

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