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Author Greg Mamula

I will never forget the image of two mothers, one with ashes on her forward, weeping with one another. The photo was taken by Joel Auerbach of the Associated Press on Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, after a mass shooting event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It captures the pain of two […] Read More

I have heard pediatricians spend as much of their time reassuring nervous parents as they do treating the sick child. The same can be said about parents of students who worry over their children’s choices, salvation, church attendance, Bible knowledge and schedules. As a former associate pastor to family and youth ministries, I fielded questions […] Read More

As an ordained minister in the American Baptist tradition, I am a Christian who exercises my faith through the lens of Baptist tradition and history. Baptists are about as diverse as they come. Our theology allows us to be conservative or progressive; Calvinist or Arminian; megachurch or small, rural church; King James Version only or […] Read More

With the new “Left Behind” movie premiering this fall, many people are writing about the film and its theological implications. The film, and book series from which it is adapted, is built on a dispensational belief that Christians will be raptured—removed from earth bodily—while non-Christians on earth will be “left behind” to wallow in the […] Read More

What do you do when the world you’ve known begins to unravel? A close friend of mine has said to me several times, “It might feel like things are unraveling, but at least we know who holds the string.” The first time I heard it, I didn’t understand what he was trying to say. I knew he […] Read More

Authors and poets have a great gift for using just the right combination of words to create powerful images. They do so with very few words, and the trick is using words powerful enough to convey large concepts. I like words that can do that, such as love, redemption, restoration, forgiveness and, for me, Red […] Read More

I like the stories of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods. Their stories are always less godlike and usually way too human, with problems of lust, envy, jealousy and revenge. They can be tricked, lied to and make deals. They are fickle at best. Even in their most glorious moments, they act in ways that […] Read More