By: Gary Furr Battered by three devastating storms and now a senseless act of violence, our nation has lost beautiful and productive lives. We need laws, but more than that, we need transformation of the human heart.
By: Gary Furr When people look at today's church, they often see legalism and a bland pablum of politics and culture religion. They need to see the gracious, welcoming and boundary-breaching good news of Jesus.
By: Gary Furr For the last 18 months, the presidential campaign season has shown that our differences are complex and deep. For churches, it's an opportunity to become more deeply involved in the ministry of reconciliation.
By: Gary Furr Thanksgiving is a sober and joyful realization that without God and God's gifts we could not survive. And there's no better illustration than Squanto, whose generosity helped the Pilgrims survive their first brutal year.
By: Gary Furr Like everyone else, Christians were divided between the two candidates in this divisive election. We can choose to vent on social media or we can focus on morally elevating acts to lift others up.
By: Gary Furr ISIS' world is totally closed to any rational thought. They believe their bizarre theology is correct and that they are the tripwire to cause the world's end, said a French citizen held captive by ISIS for 10 months.
With its unresolved story, "The Tree of Life" is a movie that few will like. However, its mystical reflection and stunning visuals are like taking in the Grand Canyon. Anything you say feels inadequate. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
Down by the Riverside: A Brief History of Baptist Faith is exactly what I look for to put into the hands of new converts, as a study guide for laypeople, and for new members coming to the Baptist church from other traditions.
Two articles recently crossed my desk, both of which scolded churches and pastors for our relative silence about the Enron scandal. "Are we so numbed by scandal that we don't care anymore?" asked the authors.