Let us end the violence

As of my writing, there have been 307 shootings in the U.S. in the last 72 hours. There have been 166 mass shootings[2] since 1 January 2017. Fourteen of those have been in the last week. Five of the 166 have been in Virginia, all except the one in Alexandria within an hour’s drive of where I live, and one of those last Thursday. [Read more…]

God’s chosen nation? We can’t have it both ways

For argument’s sake, let’s suppose that our country is at the top of God’s most favored nation list. Such a privilege comes with a warning label. Blessings come with obligations. Grace is always accompanied by demand. John Winthrop knew that. [Read more…]

Blessed is the man

My hope in writing this is to challenge each of us to be careful in our steps. For Father’s Day, I challenge myself and all men to consider the words of the apostle: “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (I Peter 2.21 NIV). [Read more…]

The Importance of Hermeneutics in Interfaith Relations

I have discovered that in every religion there are those who interpret their Holy Text to demonize and seek to harm or destroy those who do not share their hermeneutic. There are also those who interpret their Holy Text in a way that motivates them to allow God to use their lives to bring restoration, redemption and love to His creation. [Read more…]

Most Common Mistakes of Church Starts (Part 2)

This week’s podcast is the second of a three-part conversation on the most common mistakes of church starting. Our partnership with a vast and diverse pool of church starters has afforded us the opportunity to listen to their stories and share lessons learned. [Read more…]

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leaders show support for Arkansas Judge at religious freedom rally

June 9, 2017 By CBF Communications LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leaders and other faith leaders from across the country held a religious freedom rally and press conference Friday on the front steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., to show their support for state Circuit Judge and Pastor Wendell [Read More…]

A Reflection of Pentecost 2017 — Acts 2:1–21

Pentecost is a celebration of newness, of re-creation, of renewal of purpose, mission, and calling as God’s people. It is a celebration of God’s ongoing work in the world. It is a celebration of freedom and energy that comes from being in relationship with God and experiencing an urging to engage new opportunities. Just as the disciples engaged the opportunities that were given to them in that large gathering of people from many places. That first Pentecost was a celebration of trusting God, of seeing and experiencing God at work and trusting and allowing God to ignite something in the people. [Read more…]

It all Depends on Faith: Our Time to Lead the Way

God is transforming us so that we might step forward in boldness. We live not with all the right answers but with God’s gift of wisdom and transformed hearts. Easy answers are the ones that we post on social media as we preach to the choir. Opinions parading around as answers are the ones we know right now. Real answers are the ones we cannot know until we join hands, minds and hearts with people different from us. We cannot know the kingdom until we defy the world’s expectations of us by finding harmony with those on the other side of the aisle, of the street, of the county line, and of the color line through the unifying power of Jesus Christ. [Read more…]

CBF Church Starts Podcast Conversation: Elizabeth Hagan, Journeying with Others Facing Infertility

We had a conversation with Elizabeth Hagan, author of Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility, about her book, upcoming workshop at CBF’s annual gathering (General Assembly), and work with orphans around the world. In Birthed, Elizabeth gives a spiritual narrative that is life-giving and challenging. She writes with such vulnerability that gives the readers strength and courage to face a similar journey and/or be companions for others facing these difficulties. [Read more…]

Lisa’s Move

For our friends who have experienced homelessness, their first move after reacquiring shelter is especially risky and stressful. A move, and all its many quiet risks, is all too often the cause of a return to homelessness. [Read more…]