By the Way | The Luxury of Sadness

By the Way | The Luxury of Sadness

The question, I confess, caught me off-balance. I was in California recently to give the Castelfranco Lecture at the University of California, Davis. During lunch before the event with a small group of colleagues, I fell into conversation with a graduate student who...
An Evangelical Response to Trump-Inspired Attack

An Evangelical Response to Trump-Inspired Attack

As an evangelical Baptist clergy person and American citizen, I believe in free speech and peaceful demonstrations, but I emphatically oppose and condemn the attempted insurrection and occupation of the Capitol building that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. The irresponsible...

Race Denial Is a River in the Heart of America

A column in the Tennessean generated 70 negative e-mails from the race-denying residents of Tennessee. The Nashville newspaper carried a statement about the defeat of Democratic senatorial candidate Harold Ford, in which I wrote: “Tennesseans looked at the...