By Dan Haseltine There are few areas of life where a man should feel as slippery-footed as when he is discussing topics related to women. Men, historically, even with an abundance of resources—from tabloid magazine articles to physiological and psychological books—have been utterly confounded. The task of writing about women is {such} a scary one that {in trying to} help us understand the role we play in serving vulnerable women and children around the world, I am going to attempt… Read more

There is an image the Southern Baptist Convention cannot afford to have taken at their annual meeting this year. It’s the image of Southern Baptist men denying access to a Southern Baptist pastor because of her female skin. The denomination officially apologized in 1995 for its history of discrimination and segregation based on the color of one’s skin. But they staunchly reserve the right to this day to discriminate based on gender. The Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) exercised this religious… Read more

This month’s Met Gala broke the internet, as intended. This time with celestial, papal, regal flair. But beyond the outrageous red-carpet sequins—the sexy angels and coquettish monks—the theme of the costume exhibition inside the museum, bridging the sacred and the secular, is the real provocation. Read more

Spirituality beyond religion is not an empty position for those preoccupied with believing niceties; it’s a necessary step toward more coherent and plausible spiritual worldviews. Read more

Embed from Getty Images What can we possibly do in the face of evil? Why does God allow bad things to happen, like the shootings in Texas and Las Vegas, and multiple others? As I sit here and read about another senseless tragedy and all the prayers being offered for those lives taken too soon by the horrific circumstances that have occurred, I am reminded that the enemy is hard at work creating an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, and dread… Read more

In fundamentalist Christian circles there is an approach to the world known as ‘secondary separation’. While the Bible notes Christians are not of this world, there is tension when Jesus says they are also in this world, and should not expect to be removed. Fundamentalism is one expression of this tension, that leans in the direction of withdrawal. A key verse is II Corinthians 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate,” quoting an Old Testament passage focusing on holiness…. Read more

From the moment that Colin Kaepernick sat down for the national anthem before the first preseason game in August 2016 (he began kneeling for the regular season in September), much of white America made it about patriotism. Kaepernick’s seeming act of irreverence for the flag and the blood, sweat, and tears spilled to uphold its honor could mean only one thing—he’s a radical who doesn’t get it. After all, he’s earned millions of dollars in America. If that can’t generate… Read more

Earlier this year, a reporter asked the great General James Mattis what threats worried him most. Mattis, whose job as U.S. Secretary of Defense is to protect us from a nuclear North Korea, radical Islamic terrorism, and an ever-encroaching Russia, had a surprising response. “The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness,” he said. He went on to add, “[i]f you lose any sense of being part of something bigger, then why should you care… Read more

By viewing the proliferation of expression of righteous indignation as gratuitous or showy, we risk downplaying the unceasing cascade of issues worthy of our indignation. Read more

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required.” (Luke 12:48) You know in testimony meeting when a person says they didn’t want to stand up and speak but felt that they needed to? That’s me right now. I don’t want to court controversy. I’m not a “kick the hornet’s nest” type of person. I don’t want the inevitable flood of angry comments on social media because I’m even mentioning the concept of white privilege. I’d rather… Read more

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