Hate must not find a home

By Danny Chisholm  Rev. Danny Chisholm My daughter and I were out last Saturday getting some back to school items as she prepares for her sophomore year of college. As I drove, she checked her Twitter feed and suddenly broke out into laughter. We had been talking about Charlottesville and all that was taking place there, so I was a little confused. We looked at a photo of all those white men standing around that church... Read more

Confessions of a “moderate Christian” in Charlottesville on August 12

By Michael Cheuk  Michael Cheuk I participated in supporting the clergy response against the alt-right rally in Charlottesville. Recently, my heart was cut to the quick when I reread Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Particularly convicting was the first of two confessions by King: “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the... Read more

Conversations with my four-year-old about Charlottesville

By Laura Stephens-Reed My four-year-old loves to watch videos on my phone. Anytime he hears music or voices other than my husband’s and mine, he bolts through the house to find out what kind of entertainment he’s missing out on. I was mindful of this pattern as I took in a Facebook live stream – broadcast from the phone of the Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC pastor/prophet – of the “Unite the Right” rally and counter-protest. Sure enough, I heard little... Read more

Fear and Fearlessness in Charlottesville

By John Mark Boes My heart truly aches for those who are suffering in Charlottesville. I am sure that the fear experienced on the night of August 11 and the morning/early afternoon of August 12th was, at times, paralyzing if not completely demoralizing. My head is beyond angry. Surely the white nationalist protesters understand the hurt their actions and racism are causing! There must be a better way. If the Gospel preaches good news, where is the good news for Charlottesville?... Read more

Hearing the Gospel in Fleetwood Mac

By Bert Montgomery Bert Montgomery Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is one of the best-selling albums of all time, though it’s a wonder it ever got recorded at all. The inner turmoil of the band at the time is now legendary – breakups and divorce, the excesses of the mid-seventies hedonism and drug use, etc. The first single from Rumours was “Go Your Own Way,” written by guitarist Lindsay Buckingham after his breakup with vocalist Stevie Nicks. The... Read more

Fool’s Gold Believers

By Terrell Carter Terrell Carter The technical name for fool’s gold is pyrite. It’s called fool’s gold because on the surface it looks just like gold, but after further examination, it is vastly inferior in value and utility to real gold. In the past, one of the primary ways to distinguish the two was to use a hammer. A blow from a hammer would only dent real gold, but would shatter pyrite. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 reminds... Read more

People of the Book

By Danny Chisholm  Rev. Danny Chisholm Baptists are a “people of the book.” That book, of course, is the Bible. Through the years, however, Baptists have had blind spots when it comes to what exactly the Scripture says to us. The Bible is an extremely popular subject; the book remains the best seller among all books. Despite its popularity, there remains disagreement over its teaching and meaning. Sometimes the differences about the Bible can become so... Read more

Podcast: Most Common Mistakes of Church Starts, Part 3

By Andy Hale In our first two conversations on the most common mistakes of church starts, we focused on creating too much and too soon, a lack of strategic leadership development, not understanding why you do what you do, failing to let toxic church members go, and not establishing boundaries. That’s it, right? Surely church starters and pastors don’t make many more mistakes than these… In this conversation, we explore what happens when you fail to lead self, how reframing... Read more

A Progressing Church

By Joshua James Joshua James My desktop is a nightmare. I’ve got folders and files and graphics all over the place, most of which I never access — old seminary notes, teaching folders filled with Keynote presentations and syllabi for courses I will probably never teach again, a file labeled “dissertation scraps,” which I keep convincing myself I’ll turn into a journal article or two someday. I’ve even got a folder of “pics of me.” I... Read more

The Gift and Grace of Christian Community

By James Touchton Rev. James Touchton College ministry is a hard and holy investment into the future of the Church universal. And I love it. What I particularly enjoy in my context is that-contrary to most churches and college ministries-my flock is simply the Ithaca College Protestant Community. As in, if you say you’re a Christian-whatever that means to you-we’ll claim you. While I believe this to be a beautiful gift, it certainly can get messy... Read more
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