Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Professor Bill Hoyt, chair of the department of religion and philosophy, returned what we students of old called “term papers” – pecked out on a typewriter and smeared with the brushed-on, corrective fluid branded as Wite-Out. It was my first research paper in an...
Forget Southern Baptists; We Have Our Own Issues

Forget Southern Baptists; We Have Our Own Issues

The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC’s) 2021 meeting in Nashville last week led to significant reactions from both outsiders and insiders. As the findings against fired seminary president Paige Patterson, the baseless fears of critical race theory and anxiety around...
Southern Baptists Resist Rightward Drift for Now

Southern Baptists Resist Rightward Drift for Now

It’s a strange sight – seeing a crowd of 15,000, packed shoulder to shoulder in a convention hall, with no faces covered by the masks that have become so ubiquitous over the last 18 months. Indeed, with the pandemic fading in the United States, there was little need...
‘Stop Being Political’

‘Stop Being Political’

When a minister is criticized for “being too political,” one can be assured the offense is not politics at large, but rather someone’s preferred political allegiance. The same goes for editors and writers. Though unsurprising, but always disappointing, we lose...