Soul Freedom Music

The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency”¬†and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at times in the Southern Baptist Convention and independent fundamentalist Baptist churches). It is the idea that the individual has the [Read More...]

Steve Chalke on the Bible

Steve Chalke is an extremely well-known Baptist minister in the UK. He has had some really interesting things to say about the Bible recently, including the quote I turned into a meme above. In truth, there is nothing in the biblical texts that is beyond debate and questioning, and healthy churches are ones that create [Read More...]

Childish Literalism

What kind of childish literalism reads the anthropomorphic language of Genesis and concludes that the Bible can only be read as an historical rendering of the origins of the universe? – Rev. Joseph Phelps, “Religion and science call for dialogue, not debate”   [Read more...]

Favorite Part of Church?

Jeremy Myers shared this drawing a child made on a bulletin, which asked them to draw their favorite part of the mass: I consider it a real privilege to attend a church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, where the only reason I am glad it is over is because by that point I am starting to [Read More...]

Misplaced Gods

I could have called this post several other things. I considered “What in Samhain is going on at Crooked Creek Baptist Church?” or perhaps “Bring Your Gods to Church Day.” But let me start at the beginning. The text for last Sunday’s sermon at my church was Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. My wife was [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Book Burning

Via Matthew Paul Turner. One advantage of being Baptist is that you don’t have to be like other Baptists. One disadvantage of being Baptist is that you often hang your head in embarrassment at other Baptists, and have to explain “I am/we are not at all like those other Baptists.” [Read more...]

Mass Murder is Never of God

Hemant Mehta shared the above church sign, asking for captions. Mine as a liberal Christian would be something like, “I love it when Christians have enough faith, courage, and moral conviction to disagree with the Bible.”   [Read more...]

Baptist Goddess?

There is a statue/bust in my church, which seems to have been there since before anyone currently in the church can remember. Anyone have any idea who it is of?   [Read more...]

Belief and Practice

My entire time at church today seemed to bring together thoughts and discussions related to this theme of belief and practice and the relationship between them for Christians. In my Sunday school class, having had a guest talk about the views of the Latter Day Saints last week, we planned to talk this week about [Read More...]

What Sort of Baptist was John?

This post will hopefully illustrate that serious thoughts can be generated by frivolous content on blogs. Allan Bevere shared this amusing image of “John the Southern Baptist”: That got me thinking of the question “What sort of Baptist was John?” – imagining various “baptists” fighting over a claim to him. And that led me to [Read More...]

Christmas and Religious Freedom

Jim West shared this cartoon (for what reason I will not speculate): I find the cartoon bizarre. I don't think that whoever made it has any concept of either the setting into which Jesus was born or how religious freedom is safeguarded in the United States in ways that were unimagined then. Back then, there [Read More...]


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