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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Faithful apologies

Bill Leonard

What makes Christian conviction turn to apology?

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Ordination a personal and churchly calling

Bill Leonard

No church without a clear, congregationally approved ordination policy should take responsibility for ordaining any man or woman to the ministry.

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The freedom of Will

Bill Leonard

Will Campbell was obsessed with grace, especially as it falls on inappropriate people at inopportune times.

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Christian 'nones'?

Bill Leonard

Churches ditching their denominational names must be careful not to throw out their historic Christian identities, too.

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As One unknown

Bill Leonard

These days, many postmoderns are discovering or rediscovering Jesus, what he says and what he means.

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Unnatural disasters

Bill Leonard

A U.S. Senate vote on mandatory background checks for gun purchases is a failure of biblical proportions.

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At home in the 17th century

Bill Leonard

Religiously speaking, this is a great time to be a Baptist in North Carolina -- a 17th century Baptist that is.

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The last denominationalist

Bill Leonard

This week’s death of longtime denominational leader Duke McCall marks the end of an era in Southern Baptist life.

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Holy Week: Breaking the silence

Bill Leonard

The secret is out. The silence is broken. The kingdom of God is here.

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Francis I: What’s in a name?

Bill Leonard

After choosing a name forever linked in Catholic history with the legendary Francis of Assisi, will the new pope follow in the tradition of his namesake?

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