Leaving Fred Craddock’s funeral, yearning just to be Christian

Remembering a man who invited preachers to stop teaching the lessons of Scripture and start telling the stories of faith.

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Seminaries and graduates and churches, oh my!

Leaders can empower congregations to move with confidence and joy into God’s future.

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How do we change history?

We cannot rest until all women and men are liberated from the weight and curse of sexism.

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When boundaries don’t behave

Christians must learn to see Jesus as the well in the center of a pasture more than belief as the fence around a pasture.

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Be afraid, be very afraid

Fear dramatically puts us in survival mode, which is perfect for survival, but terrible for abundant life.

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The night Dean Smith came to the RA banquet

A reminder that integrating faith and vocation is at the heart of a well-lived life.

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Secularism rising: How should Christians respond?

What lessons might American Christians learn from this burgeoning cultural phenomenon?

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Making grace, not punishment, the default setting

People of faith ought to be the first to begin dismantling systems that keep us apart.

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Freezing temps create First World problems

Privilege. We only notice when it’s absent.

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The spiritual practice of taking the next step

The trouble comes when we insist on the whole picture.

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‘Christ has no body but yours’

Baptists could profit by probing this rich metaphor more deeply.

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What do Jimmy Fallon, Ernie Banks and Pope Francis have in common?

It’s all about joy.

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Private school vouchers: The forbidden fruit

They always come with strings attached.

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Killing Kelly: An open letter to Georgia's Christian citizens

An open letter to Georgia’s Christian citizens on the eve of a controversial scheduled execution.

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All politics is local? Forget it.

All politics is global. And so is all of congregational life.

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There’s no danger in raising questions

Too often, the church is seen as allergic to them.

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ISIS: Responding to its spiraling evil

An analysis of the spiraling depravity of the brutality theatre offered by ISIS, and thoughts on how Christians should respond. 

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Uncoerced faith remains a burning question

Some Baptists in the 17th century asserted that “not the gallows, nor the prisons, nor burning, nor banishing” can defend Christianity. We would do well to listen to them.

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Answering God’s call isn’t like choosing the right door

Finding what we’re meant to do with our lives is a messy, gritty, beautiful, painful, scary walk through the desert.

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How can you love God but hate your neighbor? You can’t.

Before we can turn and tune our hearts to God, we must first turn and tune our hearts to each other.

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