By Andy Hale  People are generally content with using the language with which they are familiar and comfortable. This is especially true when it comes to talking about God. But what if our language about God is all wrong? In fact, what if we have talked about God and God-stuff so much that the words have lost their flavor and meaning? In turn, what if a reexamination of the words we use to talk about God lead us to rethink… Read more

“Preachers must speak a crucial witness when circumstances of death and degradation touch human life,” said Kenyatta Gilbert, the associate professor of homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. Read more

My neighbor is the one who feels left behind in a changing world. Hopes of economic opportunity, upward mobility and a more secure and better life have been snatched away by the negative effects of technological advance and globalization. Despite hard work and loyalty to the institutions of society and the workplace, this neighbor feels the loss of income stability and a growing insecurity about their place in a world of ever more diverse religion, culture and values. Read more

Many pastors will tell you, if they feel they can be honest, they can’t explain the uniquely Christian doctrine of the Trinity any better than a newborn baby could. One theologian said trying to explain the Trinity is like asking oysters to explain a ballerina. Read more

Father James Martin has been called the master of translating tough theological matters in the vernacular. His latest work, and the central focus of our conversation, only emboldens this moniker as the priest seeks to create opportunities for theological dialogue among American Catholics “Building a Bridge.” Read more

Dr. Brandon J. O’Brien is director of content and distribution for Redeemer City to City in Manhattan. He is co-author of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes and Paul Behaving Badly. He just released Demanding Liberty: An Untold Story of American Religious Freedom. We sat down with him to discuss the theocratic views of many American Christians. Read more

There’s a difference between the words doubt and disbelief. I think that’s an important part for us to recognize. To doubt means to be uncertain about something or to think that something is questionable or unlikely or to hesitate to believe something. In general, there’s evidence that something could be true, but a person can think of reasons why it probably is not true. Read more

CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter recently spent a week at the United States-Mexico border where she joined Cooperative Baptist leaders June 24 in Brownsville, Texas, at a prayer vigil hosted by Fellowship Southwest. Paynter was also part of a 11-member delegation of prominent Christian women clergy June 26-28 in cities along the border to advocate on behalf of families who have been separated due to the “zero tolerance” immigration policy of the Trump Administration. Read more

“What began as a quiet rebellion of mourners soon grew into a movement that inspired collective, ‘embodied’ noncompliance with the status quo,” said Robin Meyers, author of Spiritual Defiance and CBF Podcast guest. He added, “Vertical and hierarchical religion was ‘flattened’ by a horizontal and democratic egalitarianism: woman speak and lead, half-breeds finding a place at the table…Tribalism was trumped by joy.” Read more

By Terrell Carter The author of John 3:1-21 records a conversation that occurred between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus visited Jesus at night when he hoped no one would see what he was doing. He did this because the religious sect that he belonged to, the Pharisees, was regularly at odds with Jesus and his interpretations of their holy texts. In practice, the Pharisees considered themselves morally and spiritually superior to most other people. They prided themselves on being spiritually and… Read more

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