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Author Pam Durso

Among my favorite collaborative partnerships has been one between Martha Stearns Marshall and Melissa Rogers. Martha and Melissa have worked together to amplify the voices of Baptist women preachers. You are thinking that I got this all wrong. Martha and Melissa lived in different centuries. They certainly never met. They had little in common – […] Read More

Churches around the globe paused earlier this week and remembered the courage of a man named Martin – and rightfully so. Martin Luther’s challenge of the Catholic Church on Oct. 31, 1517, reshaped the 16th-century Christian landscape, and it continues to influence Christian life in the 21st century. Soon, other voices joined Luther’s call for […] Read More

A missionary of love and hope to the entire world, Mother Teresa profoundly shaped my understanding of the Christian faith. She provided a model of what Christ calls each of us to be and do. Every day of her life, no matter where she was or what she was doing, she lived her faith. But […] Read More

The Mother of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the family gatherings, the big meal with too much food to eat and the long afternoon of football games and napping. Like most Americans, I heard the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians and the dinner they shared together so I knew a […] Read More

The Mother of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the family gatherings, the big meal with too much food to eat and the long afternoon of football games and napping. Like most Americans, I heard the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians and the dinner they shared together so I knew a […] Read More

Few people seem to be celebrating the 300th anniversary of Jonathan Edwards’ birth. At least I wasn’t invited to any parties, nor did I hear of any great festivities on Oct. 5, the day he was born in 1703. The lack of excitement about this milestone in history may be attributed to the fact that […] Read More

Six Principle Baptists

In the 17th century, a small group of Baptists began to form churches in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. They were known as Six Principle Baptists. What set them apart from other Baptists, besides their dedication to Arminian theology, was their commitment to the six principles listed in Hebrew 6:1-2, which read, “Therefore let us […] Read More

Last spring, my family drove to Charlottesville, Va., to tour Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. We also decided to visit Montpelier, the nearby home of James Madison. Visiting Monticello and seeing Jefferson’s magnificent house and the immaculate grounds was incredible. Visiting <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Monticello and seeing Jefferson’s magnificent house and the […] Read More

No matter what we believe of Jefferson’s faith commitment, he himself believed he was a Christian. In a letter to Charles Thomson, he declared, “I am a real Christian.” Late in life, Jefferson also wrote that he “was a sect to himself.” He served as a delegate to the House of Burgesses in colonial <?xml:namespace […] Read More

Like many public figures of the day, Washington was reticent about sharing his views on religion, but his letters, diaries and speeches reveal that many of the stories about his religious views had no factual basis. Washington’s words seem to indicate that he was a man of faith, a man looking for God’s guidance and […] Read More