We must remember that real religious liberty is for all, and we should raise our voices when the government targets and discriminates against people of faith—whether spying on them because of their faith or banning them because of their faith. Read more

“It was a fascinating place to think about what theological education means for the islanders of Fiji, many of whom were attending school in the morning and farming for their livelihood in the afternoon,” Neal said. Read more

We are 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Movement and we can often act like we have arrived. Often, we act like racism is in our distant past as we go about our day in comfort and privilege. Our silence and ignorance are complicit. The church is complicit when systematic racism abides, and we remain apathetically silent. Read more

By Ryan Clark On April 13, Netflix will release the movie Come Sunday, and you must watch it to the end because you need to understand the kind of torment your pastor experiences. Your preacher may not experience the same torment that Pentecostal Bishop and mega-church Pastor Carlton Pearson experienced in the 1990’s, but I promise your pastor’s joy and pain spans just as treacherous a desert. Based on true events, Tulsa mega-church pastor Carlton Pearson is engulfed in a… Read more

Although Easter is about death and resurrection life, that is not all that it is about. It is about God loving all of us enough to speak into our lives and tell us that, no matter what we are going through, or how hard life may get, God will ultimately make it right. Even when our circumstances seem the darkest. Read more

Where do we go from here? We commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his death knowing that this moment requires more of us as Christians, as churches and as a nation. Read more

If you think it’s hard to remove bias from basketball rivalries, imagine what it is like to report on religion from a purely objective perspective. If we are honest, it is a lot more difficult than we think. Whether we admit it or not, we tend to see other people and other customs through a particular lens. We at the CBF Podcast sat down with Daniel Burke of CNN to discuss how he approaches covering religion for the world’s largest broadcasting company with an objective lens. Read more

Honest conversations are difficult. Navigating what’s next is a challenge. We sat down with Brian McLaren to discuss being Baptist in the current social and political climate. Read more

In a sense, this is not a theoretical question as we enter the Lenten season — the season where we anticipate that the baby whose birth we celebrated at Christmas is now a man who is faced with a challenge like the linguist in the movie. Would he fulfill the purpose he came to earth for? Would he allow himself to be beaten and bruised and eventually killed for people who did not care about him or his message? Read more

In Harvey’s new book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, the Drake University professor brilliantly composes a practically and profoundly deep theologically challenge to parents of white children. She sat down with us to discuss the American culture, her work, and the landscape of systemic racism. Read more

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