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.

‘All my ex’s...’

Who says moderate Baptists haven’t grown up?

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Millennials at hand

Those 18- to 33-year-olds present a challenge to churches, but they may be more religious than we — or they — think.

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Reserving the right

Might churches offer their own alternative “witness” on divisive cultural issues of marriage, race, sexuality and conscience? We’d better try.

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Sor Juana and the sounds of silence

Not speaking isn't the same as having nothing to say.

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A new bivocationalism

A new generation of ministers is taking a hard look at how to expand their witness in both the church and the public square.

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Emergency rooms

Emergency rooms remind us just how close we are to the people of the Bible, linked by inevitable mortality and ever-fragile common humanity.

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Numbering our days, applying our hearts

New Year’s ever reminds that life really is short.

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Charting clergy trust

Why are clergy honesty and ethics rankings at an all-time low?

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The first war on Christmas

In Advent 2013 let’s not become so obsessed about who says “Merry Christmas” over the counter that we ignore the magnificent ignominy of Jesus’ birth.

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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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