A new bivocationalism

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

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Charting clergy trust

Bill Leonard

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

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The first war on Christmas

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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'

Bill Leonard

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

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Can I get a witness -- again?

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

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This IS America

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

For Jesus, gospel freedom begins with vulnerability.

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Enlightened pagans

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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

Bill Leonard

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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