By Andy Hale We live such transient lives. For most, we no longer live in the same town, let alone the same state, we grew up. This disconnect from our familial roots causes us to not know the stories of those that came before us. More often than not, we do not know the stories of those who live in our community. Emmy Award winning storyteller Melvin Bray is driven to be a facilitator and strategist to make beloved community… Read more

“So, this idea of fake news is really vicious, because there is genuine fake news generated on social media and then there are those who run their media outlets on a set of general ethics about they treat sources, how they check facts, and being transparent when mistakes are made.” Read more

God’s people always seem to develop the bad habit of dangling God’s grace and forgiveness in front of others. We always seem to pick up the bad habit of assuming our own salvation and, with smugness, being certain of God’s coming judgment against others. Read more

Life does not revolve around you, or me. It does not begin or end with what we want or what we alone think is best. Life within a group of Christ-followers revolves around what Christ says is best for the overall body. And the foundation of Christ’s teachings and actions was love. Love, not just for the people who agree with us, but even for those with whom we do not agree. Read more

Andy Hale sits down with Jon and Josh Bailey to discuss the Dwell App, a Kickstarter-funded venture that is Scripture listening re-imagined. Read more

“I think there are some assumptions about gender and gender roles in the absence of a faith and work conversation. A lot of women of my generation find the stay-at-home mom verses the working mom quite tiring,” Beaty said. She added, “So, I wanted to give other women a theological framework for work, to understand the goodness and the significance of their daily work.” Read more

It’s hard to believe that over 10 years ago, President Carter brought together prominent leaders from across the Baptist family, representing more than 30 Baptist organizations and over 20 million people. He challenged Baptists to explore new opportunities for fellowship and cooperation. Read more

Protest was and is the means to this holy end. Protest, in its many different forms, was and is a means to awaken moral shame on the love-paved road to redemption and reconciliation. “The nonviolent resister…realizes that non-cooperation and boycotts are not ends within themselves, they are merely means to awaken the sense of moral shame within the opponent,” King said. Read more

No matter the challenge, we must answer the same question that Mary and Joseph faced. Will we trust that God is present in our situation? Will we trust that whatever direction life is going in, God can salvage it and bring something marvelous from it? Are we able to have faith that the unexpected things, the things that fall outside of normal convention can sometimes serve as wonderful signs that God is at work in our lives and the world. They can serve as signs that God is doing something new and we are blessed to view that newness firsthand. Read more

This new year I am going to drown out the stale, deafening noise of despair by listening to more jazz. And, this new year I am going to pay a little less attention to the negativity around me by paying more attention to God’s creative hand at work smoothing out rough edges, lifting up the lowly, pulling together the broken people, and weaving together (seemingly out of nowhere) a beautiful, rich tapestry of life – of earth and sky and everything and everyone. Read more

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