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Charlottesville: What I said from the pulpit yesterday

(RNS) — Readers: I continue my service as pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur, a predominantly white Baptist congregation outside Atlanta. When I took the pulpit yesterday, this is the statement that I offered about what happened in Charlottesville this weekend and what it means. I am happy to report that the congregational response […]

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When we agree on principles but still disagree

Often in our divided world we disagree with someone about a principle. Person A says that what matters is reproductive freedom and B says that what matters is protecting the unborn. Person C says that what matters is protecting American security and D says that what matters is hospitality to refugees from tortured lands. Principles […]

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When the evangelical establishment comes after you

(RNS) — Eugene Peterson discovered painfully that the evangelical establishment will immediately seek to destroy anyone who breaks with their understanding of orthodoxy on LGBTQ issues. Nothing he did before mattered. Nothing else he believes mattered. The guns were turned on him, posthaste, in a choreography of rejection as public and painful as possible. This […]

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It’s time to worry about leftist fundamentalism, too

Much of my recent career has been spent analyzing and resisting right-wing politics, often mixed with religion. But today I say that there is plenty to worry about on the left, too. There is left-wing politics and religion (or anti-religion), that also should be alarming to thoughtful people. Here are a few of the most recent examples: […]

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My visit to the land of teenagers

In this column I offer a completely unscientific set of impressions about characteristics of today’s teenagers. It is based on a weeklong immersion experience with my Decatur, Ga., church’s youth group, currently on retreat together in rainy Panama City, Fla. I welcome reader feedback on this one. Think about this amazing thought: just about everybody […]

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Manchester: What kind of person does this?

(RNS) As I write, the identity of the Manchester terrorist has not been revealed by British authorities. But we do know this: Whoever he was, he decided that the culminating act of his life should be the murder of children at a rock concert. He succeeded in killing over 20 and injuring 60. Of all the […]

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Telling the story of my departure from American evangelicalism

Recently the virtual pages of Religion News Service have been graced with further crossfire related to the endless evangelical argument about LGBTQ inclusion. Jonathan Merritt posted a piece defending blogger evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker against her evangelical critics, who have treated her to the now-standard exclusion, criticism, and rejection since she offered full LGBTQ inclusion. Conservative […]

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