By: Bill Wilson Many things we assume are shared values are actually called into question every day. One of the signs of a healthy church and a healthy leader is giving focused attention to the fundamentals.
By: Merriana Harrelson In passages from two New Testament epistles, women were rebuked to be silent in church. For 2,000 years, we've lived in the shadow of those women as these passages have been used to deliver soul-crushing blows.
By: Christina Embree Generation Z, the youngest generation, is also the loneliest, a recent survey says. Why do these social-media savvy adults feel alone? And what role do churches have in making them feel they don't belong?
By: John D. Pierce Most people say they believe in God, but what do they mean? Sadly, many Christians are guilty of portraying the "God of the Bible" in ways that don't align with the fullest revelation of God in holy text.
By: Yohanna Katanacho How should we respond to the killing of almost 60 of our people in Gaza? The beginning of the solution is rooted in seeing the other not as a threat but as a partner, not as a curse but as a divine gift.
By: Stuart Blythe Some issues, such as climate change, appear so great that they leave people so "ethically overwhelmed" that it undermines our ability to respond in any meaningful way at all. Yet we can overcome these feelings.
By: Jim Kelsey Radical civility is an inherent dimension of love of God. Sadly, we live in an uncivil time bred of an overwrought sense of freedom and autonomy, which can taint the lives of our congregations.
By: Beth Allison Barr The ideas associated with biblical womanhood, such as remaining under the patriarchal hierarchy of male teachers and pastors, are stressed not because they are "biblical" but because they are culturally acceptable.
By: Philip Jenkins When churches encourage people to reduce the use of the police and the formal justice system - emphasizing reconciliation, mediation and arbitration - it's a throwback to what the church has done throughout history.
By: Colin Harris In the 11th century, the Christian community articulated two distinct alternatives for interpreting atonement. The transactional method gained traction, but the transfusion method has seen a resurgence of late.
By: Merianna Harrelson Pastors are supposed to be the voice of moral reason and ethics in our society. When pastors' secret lives are exposed, it causes a spiritual dissonance within faith communities and indeed within our culture.
By: Matthew J. Tuininga The more Protestants and Catholics converse with and engage the best of each other's traditions, the more we discover just how rich, broad and consistent is the long tradition of Christian moral and social teaching.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra Everyday paternalism. Willfully ignoring and separating from others. The language we use to identify others. Racism and sexism creep into many Christian churches and organizations through subtle blind spots.
By: Richard Wilson James Cone, who died April 28, was the founder of black theology, but he was so much more. What Cone began, many will continue. Here are four significant legacies for which he should be remembered.
By: Matthew J. Tuininga While Protestant reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church over doctrinal differences, today a growing convergence among Reformed and Catholic ethicists exists, even as important differences remain.
By: Daniel Schweissing The Baptist-Muslim Dialogue in Wisconsin gave me the opportunity and tools to build on my previous interfaith work and deepen my understanding of what interfaith cooperation can accomplish.
By: Carol Stagner What can one person do to make a difference in loving our Muslim neighbors? It's different for each of us, but here's one schoolteacher's story about her journey to educate her students.
By: Drew Herring Following the Baptist-Muslim Dialogue, the next step is confronting Islamophobia in our churches and communities. How do you begin conversations with those whose minds are closed by negative stereotypes?
By: Jonathan Davis If anybody should stand up for the religious liberty of Muslims, it should be Baptists. In many ways, Baptists invented modern religious liberty. Because of my Baptist heritage, I have no problem saying, "I'm with Muslims."
By: Rob Sellers If you were playing a categories game where you named pairs of items that naturally fit together, "Baptists and Muslims" wouldn't be your first choice. Yet those two worlds surprisingly came together. Here's how.
By: Trisha Miller Manarin Participating in the Baptist-Muslim dialogue helped me see my experiences living in a variety of places - and now living in a county where there are more Muslims than Baptists - as one of interfaith engagement.
By: Richard P. Olson Christian and Muslim leaders came together for a third dialogue session to explore ways they can work together for peace, focusing on building partnerships between congregations and mosques.
By: Christina Embree Separating the church community based on age began to gain ground back in the 1950s. This recent occurrence will affect our churches because our faith is passed primarily from one generation to another.
By: Jim Kelsey The church once thrived on civil power. Perhaps it is time for our congregations to return to tactics - finding the weak places in the "powers and principalities" of our age and exploit them in whatever ways we can.
By: Stuart Blythe Who is your church's neighborhood? Is it the immediate geographic region around the church? Or is it the many communities where church members work or live or move or have their being?