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Author Joseph Phelps

Fifteen thousand pastors and laypersons representing churches across the land met last week in Atlanta under the banner of the New Baptist Covenant to offer a progressive voice for Baptists. All Baptists in North America were invited, and every major group signed on except Southern Baptists. This ground-breaking event affecting millions of Baptists was an […] Read More

Fifteen thousand pastors and laypersons representing churches across the land met last week in Atlanta under the banner of the New Baptist Covenant to offer a progressive voice for Baptists. All Baptists in North America were invited, and every major group signed on except Southern Baptists. This ground-breaking event affecting millions of Baptists was an […] Read More

I feel so cliche coming home from a visit to Germany with scores of pictures of the magnificent kirches, churches, at the center of every hamlet and city across Deutschland. I was one of the thousands of visitors from around the world each day (except, curiously, during Sunday morning worship services!) who stared, pointed and […] Read More

I accepted a unique opportunity to appear in a 30-second “Wake Up Wal-Mart” commercial. It appears across the nation on major television networks this Thursday and Friday. “Wake Up Wal-Mart” (wakeupwalmart.com) is a national campaign that challenges the country’s largest retailer to clean up its act on multiple fronts, particularly in matters that adversely affect […] Read More

Thomas Merton, the famous author and monk, had a revelation of God at Fourth and Walnut in Louisville, so I shouldn’t be surprised to have a similar experience a few blocks away. The afternoon sun beat down on the group of 75 people huddled around the portable cross on a pole at First and Broadway […] Read More

I was a guest panelist five years ago at a Southern Baptist Seminary symposium on Christianity and the new war in Iraq. In an otherwise somber discussion I got the single laugh of the evening when I quipped: “You see, I’m much more conservative than my fellow panelist, (seminary) President Al Mohler. I take seriously […] Read More

What does a real Christian look like? Christians come in all shapes and sizes. Like dieters, some are dedicated and others are derelict. Some are near their goal and others have many miles, or pounds, to go. Christians come in all shapes and sizes. Like dieters, some are dedicated and others are derelict. Some are […] Read More

I’ll say it. Muhammad Ali scared me as a kid growing up in Ohio. He was unorthodox and ominous, as he bragged about his greatness and banged his opponents into submission. He was brash and, yes, black, and seemed dangerous to the comfort of the white status quo in which I’d been raised. Then he […] Read More

Long ago Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Nothing clarifies a person’s thinking on this question like going head to head with an antagonist. And if a single antagonist clarifies, a tag-team encounter crystallizes. I found myself on stage recently for a panel discussion following the viewing of a recently […] Read More

“Justice Sunday–Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith,” is being staged at Louisville’s Highview Baptist, a church. The name is so similar to my church, Highland Baptist, that they are often mistaken for each other. Despite the name similarity, these sister congregations would not seem to have been born from the same litter or even […] Read More