When I was professor of religion at the Baptist College of Charleston, I suggested to my religion students that when they could not think of what to say to talk about Jesus. Two of my students went to visit one of their classmates to invite
Fractured faith leads to fractured lives and to schizophrenic personalities and splintered existence. Our culture today is dividing and conquering millions of individuals simply by fracturing every value and every truth that we hold to be self evident. All people are increasingly not seen to
My Earliest Memory My earliest memory of Jesus in church was a shadowy yellow stained glass picture of Jesus in a dark hall in the Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC, that I attended with my parents when I was less than six years old.
The dictionary definition of “terrorize” is “to fill with fear or anxiety: to scare;” “to coerce by threat or violence.” Homophobia is the product of spiritual and religious terrorism. GLBT people are subjected to continuous terrorist assaults, by which established abusive religions seek to undermine
Legal recognition and celebration of same-sex marriage is far more revolutionary than just the passage of a few state and national laws. The bonds (“bondage”) of matrimony cry out for a fresh look at the ancient human tradition of marriage, which is based on the
Listen to the podcast interview The Ex-Gay Wars War has been declared against GLBT people on many battlefronts. Religion, politics and ignorance have been launched like nuclear missiles against all of us in recent years and months and days. All-out war has been declared against
I recently secured a copy of “The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today” by Alan Sears and Craig Osten, published in 2003 by Broadman & Holman Publishers, the fractured publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. This 229-page book is the
Hate hurts everybody. To hate someone is to diminish yourself as well as the person you hate. Since every human is created in the image of God, to hate someone is to diminish God and to distort the reality of the universe. Hate is powerful.
In your world, you are the most important person you know. What happens to you and how you feel about yourself determine everything for you. What is happening to other people in other places might be interesting and even inspiring, but what is happening in
On Tuesday, June 11, 2002, in St. Louis, the immovable object of ignorance at the Southern Baptist Convention met the irresistible force of truth in Soulforce. Both Soulforce and Southern Baptists turned a corner in St. Louis. Soulforce moved into a new level of non-violent