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.

Them and us?

This election year we seem obsessed with us against them; we just can’t agree on who “they” are or which “us” is us.

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Among the not-yet-housed

What if addressing the “yet-to-be” became an overpowering promise and motivation for who we are as the people of God?

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Contending with texts

Two millennia after “the Word became flesh,” we still contend with sacred texts, frequently intensifying disputes over their authority and content.

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Reckless rhetoric

Surely we Christians can tame our own radical rhetoric and refuse to sully our own witness by reinforcing the “language of crusade.”

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Apologies

Across the Church’s history, what seem unbending convictions and necessary reprisals in one era demand an apology generations later.

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Gold, frankincense and espresso

You can’t trust the world to preserve the Bethlehem story.

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Gawking is not seeing

We all read the past through spectacles of the present.

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Hard sayings, unexpected grace

We do what we must, and wait for unexpected, usually undeserved, grace.

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‘He’s in the classroom’

I’ve spent much of my adult life in the sacred space of classrooms, where student and teacher alike should confront the vulnerability of life and death ideas, but not life and death itself.

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Making more ‘nones’ (ASAP)

Is religiosity in politics helping to empty the church?

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