The Time for Pious Words is Over

The Time for Pious Words is Over

At the end of each message sent from my personal email account is a quote from South African liberation theologian Allan Boesak that I have appropriated for the title of this column. Boesak’s statement, “The Time for Pious Words is Over,” is part of the title of...
SBC Report Agonizing, Sickening and Convicting

SBC Report Agonizing, Sickening and Convicting

Reading the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force report since its release this past Sunday afternoon has been an agonizing and sickening exercise. Engaging the report, and consuming raw details of how broken this institution is, has almost been more...
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...