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.

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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A meditation on inequality

What does the new Gilded Age mean for the church?

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Ceremonial prayer

As an old-timey Baptist, I don’t put much stock in it.

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The Clansman

The shootings in Kansas during Holy Week make clear that an attitude of white supremacy endures.

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The War on Poverty: A young Baptist’s experience

As probably the first white person to work for blacks in Dallas County, Texas, my thinking was transformed in profound ways.

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‘All my ex’s...’

Who says moderate Baptists haven’t grown up?

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