Taking On the Cross – Edited by F. Timothy Moore

The Alliance of Baptists has been a progressive voice for thirty-five years, pushing the boundaries of Christianity towards anti-racism, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and gender equity in ministry. In Taking on the Cross, the Alliance gathers a diverse group of Baptist pastors, writers, and theologians who critically question substitutionary atonement theology—that Jesus died on the cross for humanity’s sins—and offers pathways for reimagining the meaning of Jesus’ life and death. The book begins with biblical and theological essays from multiple perspectives, then offers church resources—liturgy and faith formation—and finishes with a section on tools for the ministries of pastoral care and social justice. Each chapter concludes with questions that will make Taking on the Cross a favorite for book clubs, Sunday school classes, and small group discussions.

An e-book is available on Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook).


Editors F. Timothy Moore, Amy L. Mears, John Ballenger, Ben Sanders III, Graham B. Walker, Jr.

Rev. Dr. F. Timothy Moore is the writer-in-residence and former pastor at Sardis Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served for nearly twenty years.

Rev. Amy L. Mears, PhD, has been one of the pastors at Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2004.

Rev. Dr. John Ballenger was born a P.K. (preacher’s kid), grew up as an M.K. (missionaries’ kid), spent a year at a college with a Baptist heritage, graduated from Southern Seminary with an MDiv before said degree would not have meant very much to him at all, and earned his DMin from Brite Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders III is a former professor of theology and ethics who currently works for the Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation in the city of Denver, Colorado.

Graham Walker, MDiv, PhD, holds the John and Julia Zellars Chair and is the Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.










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