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Author Colin Harris

Colin Harris is professor emeritus of religious studies at Mercer University and a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Joshua challenged the people of Israel to choose whom they would serve. As millions of us cast our votes today, we face a similar decision. Will we settle for the gods of fear and privilege? […] Read More

The events and experiences portrayed in the biblical testimony have a way of becoming metaphors for life. Even when times are distressing, the message of hope is clear: Keep singing the Lord’s song, even in a strange land. […] Read More

Was Christian theology born in interfaith dialogue? Paul, the first Christian theologian, offers an intriguing suggestion about the relationship between theology and interfaith dialogue. […] Read More

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has been a voice for the “silenced ones” in society. As the CBF transitions to new leadership, may they continue to nourish this fellowship of advocacy. […] Read More

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

An interesting phrase is inserted into Isaiah’s vision of the peaceful world that will emerge from Assyrian hostilities. The prophet declares in Isaiah 11:1-6: “A shoot will come forth from the stump of Jesse … who will judge by what he sees and hears … the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall […] Read More

EthicsDaily.com’s E3 Initiative – educating, engaging and empowering people of faith – has prompted some thinking about just what happens when the educational dimension of discipleship is embraced, engaged and put to powerful use. As usual, I find that the church’s self-portrait in the book of Acts offers helpful guidance for dealing with faith’s “growing […] Read More

I’ve been losing a daily bet for some time now that things can’t get any more (you fill in the word) – crazy, embarrassing, silly, preposterous, unbelievable – on the public stage. As sure as I make such a wager, the next day brings a new level of disarray and disregard for wholesome thought and […] Read More

What we traditionally call the “doctrine of atonement” has been a recent conversation topic around the theological table. It has been a helpful dialogue in bringing some familiar images and formulas into the clarifying light of careful reflection. Unlike “big” doctrines like that of the Trinity and Christology, the concept of atonement did not have […] Read More

It appears that the U.S. is approaching a national tipping point that will mark a reorientation of our thinking on the matter of leadership. This will be a difficult time for many who have placed confidence in a cadre of political leadership that seems to be crumbling under the weight of the inconsistencies between what […] Read More