Abstract: As the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention exerts enormous political influence, especially in the South. For the past three decades the nature and role of women have been bitterly contested in the denomination. Despite prevailing religious conservatism, feminism has been a significant dynamic in Baptist battles and has influenced even conservative rhetoric about women.Read More
Many motivations led me to this short remembrance of Nell Magee. She was a salty saint, with a sharp tongue and a sharp wit. She never shied away from conflict, nor was she afraid to admit when she was wrong. She is the kind of person I want my daughter and the next generation of Christ followers to know and to esteem.Read More
A Turn to Lived Experience
The study, practice, and knowledge of big ideas in psychology and religion are shifting and changing in the twenty-first century. One of the most substantial changes is that deep thinking about big ideas demands an engagement with the lived experience of real people and situations.
The number of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches currently pastored by women?
Eighteen hundred churches. Ninety women.
You do the math.
This is good news. But somehow laying out the starkness of that figure . . . well, it doesn’t exactly add up to great news.
Six Word Stories from England About a year ago I discovered Six Word Story Everyday. It’s a fun way to tell a story using only six words. Along the way over the past year, I’ve posted a number of these short story-pictures,…Read More
Ecclesiology and Ethnography: Take Two September is lovely time to visit England. I entered and departed the U.K. through London. The city is England’s gateway to the world and recently played host to the Olympic and Paralympic summer games. A…Read More
Beach Memos I took more time away from this blog than I intended. But apparently I needed the rest. Part of my time away was spent at the beach. Over the next few weeks I plan to share a few…Read More
rain after days on end of mercury topping the charts it is sweet relief waking to soft drumming rain on leaves outside my window low clouds churn and roil and my daughter says to the thunder that’s the sound of…Read More
Sermon: “Generous Undertaking” Preached at Glendale Baptist Church on Sunday, July 1, 2012 Here it is in full. Sermon “Generous Undertaking” 07-01-2012 (You will need to click the link again on the next page.)Read More
Sacred Six-Word Stories This idea came from Six Word Story Everyday. At that site contributors offer pictures worth a lot of words, but they only use six to tell each story. Since last fall I’ve posted a number of these…Read More
“Generous Undertaking” ( II Corinthians 8: 7-15) Sermon Preview Tomorrow’s sermon is ready, but tonight, I’m just giving a preview. The only genuine Olympic event I ever attended was a women’s basketball game in 1996 at the Atlanta Games (pictured here).…Read More
CBF General Assembly 2012 Top Ten Favorite Moments This year’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly was big. For starters it was in Texas where the hats, the egos and the Convention Center all compete for biggest and best. But beyond…Read More
Traveling Along I’m coming to the end of a three-part trip. It has been too much to cram into one stretch away from home. Each part has been excellent. But back-to-back-to-back has been the challenge. I don’t mind the travel…Read More
Summertime Six-Word Stories* To what does this way lead? summer zinnias open to the sun Persephone and Demeter lose their heads ++++++++++++++++++ These six-word stories from early summer are a cool way to say a lot with a picture and just six words.Read More
Salary Survey of Baptist Ministers How are ministers getting compensated for their work? And how do they feel about it? What worries them most about finances? I am working on an article for the Review & Expositor that takes these questions…Read More
Off the Grid Until June 11, I’ll be away from my blog. Retreat and extended Sabbath. Peace to you, EileenRead More
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth I did not grow up in a household that observed saint’s days or many holy days at all, other than Easter and Christmas. I knew about Lottie Moon, who was venerated in the weeks leading…Read More
Centering Prayer The work of centering prayer in my body and mind is ever shifting and deepening. The prayer holds both gift and gravity. The depths to which the prayer takes me are significant, but not always easy. In the…Read More
Ecclesiology and Ethnography (church and research) Sitting outside this evening feeling the warm wind and watching the rolling clouds, I’m thinking back over the last couple of days. The Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference unfolded Monday and Tuesday in St. Paul,…Read More
Commencement: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky Today I was honored to join the faculty, trustees, staff and students of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky at Georgetown Baptist Church for their Eighth Commencement Ceremony. They graciously invited me to bring an address. (For seminary graduation…Read More
Blackbirds Two poems arrived recently. Blackbirds wing their way regularly through my writing and imagination, harbingers of spiritual wisdom. I notice them everywhere I go. These will speak for themselves. +++++++++ silent black bird swooping and swaggering in my line…Read More