Theology

Things that make for freedom

For Jesus, gospel freedom begins with vulnerability.

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Healthy disbelief

Faith includes disbelieving what is not of God.

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Doubt not a sin, says pastor to church hit by murder

Charles Carter, the interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, preaches that it is not un-Christian to harbor doubts after the brutal murder of the associate pastor's wife and his subsequent two-day detention and questioning by police. 

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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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Doing the gospel

Justice begins with the plight of the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, the outcast and the disenfranchised.

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Giving it up for Jesus

What does the Bible mean by “dying to self?”

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Singing in the darkness

The spontaneous audience response to a Broadway musical serves as a reminder during hard times.

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Historian seeks return to communion wine

Relaxed attitudes about alcohol use among Baptists haven't yet translated into using wine for communion.

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Book challenges ‘gendered’ pulpit

A lesbian Baptist preacher combines theology and personal experience in a book offering practical ways to include women and LGBT people as worship leaders.

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Cherry picking the Bible

Criticizing people who pick and choose which parts of Scripture to follow is fruitless because everyone -- liberal and conservative -- does it.

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