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.

You know we can hear you

A documentary on the last 20 years at Southern Seminary could have made its point without treating professors who came and went before as objects rather than persons.

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Billy Graham and the 'old, old story'

Reflections on the 95th birthday of the world’s most famous evangelist.

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Can I get a witness -- again?

The permanent transition that characterizes American religious life offers an opportunity to revisit the word “witness” and its meaning for the future.

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Prison songs

In times of hardship, singing “brings out the soul.”

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This IS America

Given the reality of gun violence in America, faith communities should begin developing strategies for responding to mass murders like those in place for natural disasters.

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Memories of a mountain preacher

Harold McKinnish was one of the great mountain preachers of his generation, a legacy stretching back to the Separate Baptist preacher Shubal Stearns who came to North Carolina in 1755.

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Things that make for freedom

For Jesus, gospel freedom begins with vulnerability.

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Enlightened pagans

Christians must find the courage and strength in their own faiths to be open to the lessons that may be open to them from others.

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On the margins

Whatever else we know about the Deity as represented in Jesus the Christ, it is that God is on the side of the poor.

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New strides toward freedom

Whatever else the Trayvon Martin case means, it compels us to continue, even extend, realistic conversations and actions related to the incessant dilemmas of race and racism in America.

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