Tag Archives: Baptist

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What Is the Church?

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. Reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done

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The Lost Baptist Ark

In the climactic scene in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Indiana Jones and his girlfriend are tied to a pole to watch as the Nazis open the ancient Ark of the Covenant. This holy symbol of Israel’s religion has been captured and is

Glasses resting on Bible

Do You Know Me?

University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Readings for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 I’m visiting Gina at the State Hospital one day back when she’s training chaplains there. As I’m waiting for her to get free, one of

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The Injustice of Grace

University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas Readings for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13 People usually get what they deserve, don’t you think? Leo Rosten tells the story of two guys, partners in a men’s clothing store, who made a

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My Story

I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church in South Carolina, a small town with cotton mills and a Presbyterian college. My parents taught me by example the family values of love, respect for all people, kindness, generosity, truth telling, fairness, self respect,

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Love, Truth and Crisis

My spiritual crisis began about a year and a half ago, when I fell in love. That in itself is not a crisis, but the person with whom I fell in love, more specifically the gender of the person was the cause of the crisis.