Spiritual Amnesia: When We Judge Those Who Differ

We all would acknowledge that recently our country has experienced a great deal of turmoil, pain and stress. What are we witnessing? A lack of civility in both discourse and behavior cuts across all strata of our society and extends even to the presidency itself....

‘Baptists, Jews and the Hand of Sincere Friendship’

Anti-Semitism. Racial prejudice and violence. Welcoming refugees from a minority religious background. The relationship between church and state. These societal problems dominate the headlines, and thoughtful Christians are wondering how their faith can inform their...

Fresh Expressions Unique Mission to ‘Unchurched’

“Who will never be reached with the Gospel if we only do church like we do now?” I recently joined more than a dozen other church leaders from around the country in Alexandria, Va., to explore this question with Bishop Graham Cray, an evangelical Anglican...

White House Dialogue: A Worthwhile Occasion

I have intentionally waited a few days to write about the meeting at the White House with a delegation of Baptists in order to process my thoughts and feelings. It is a rather “heady” thing to be invited to the nation’s symbol of political power...

Immigration Must Be Handled with Compassion

Our nation is engaged in an intense debate over immigration and the status of millions of non-documented people in our country. As American Baptists in New Jersey and throughout the country consider all the proposals being debated, I would like to ask us all to...