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A Historic Debate Emerges: Original Intent vs. Living Document

Whether the Constitution or the Bible, we must apply the delicate balance between original intent, which can serve as our moral compass, versus a living document, which weighs current realities. […] Read More

The Time to Descend from the Caves Has Come

A group of Radical Reformers, known as Anabaptists, found themselves facing a penalty of death at the hands of the Protestant government in Zurich, Switzerland, during the 16th century. Escaping their death sentence, Anabaptists fled to the foothills of the Alps. […] Read More

Reflections from the Border: Heartbreak, Anger, Hope

Heartbreaking and disturbing. That was how it felt standing outside the Southwest Key shelter, where more than 1,000 immigrant children were held. My soul was stirred, and my heart broke at the thought of little children separated from their parents. There is nothing more disconcerting for a parent than not knowing where your child is […] Read More

SCOTUS Ruling Raises Questions, Concerns about Precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on travelers entering the U.S. from certain majority-Muslim countries demonstrates the paradox between security and freedom. On the one hand, the court’s decision followed precedent allowing for broad presidential powers when it comes to national security. On the other hand, the decision seemed to […] Read More

Great Reasons Abound to Feel Baptist Pride

Baptists have been my spiritual tribe as I walked my faith journey. From running through the halls of exciting Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attending Baptist summer camps to being trained by Baptist seminaries and employed by Baptist congregations and organizations, I have felt my Baptist pride swell with each passing year. Over […] Read More

Separating Families Causes Life-Long Trauma for Kids

The indigenous peoples of the U.S. were forced to relocate to Indian Territory after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. The removal and relocation policy toward Native peoples led to thousands of brown-skinned children and adults perishing on their forced march to Indian Territory. Native peoples, my people, called this federally […] Read More

Take a Bite Out of Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker at Masterpiece Cakeshop, on June 4, 2018. In a 7-2 judgment, the justices weighed the merits of this specific case, ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause. They did not, however, decide that all business owners with […] Read More

While We Worried about 2 Comics’ Language … Puerto Rico

The headlines of U.S. news outlets last week seemed to be all about crass language used by two comedians. Liberals and conservatives were up in arms about remarks tweeted by Rosanne Barr and voiced by Samantha Bee. Barr tweeted racially charged comments targeting former Barack Obama aid Valerie Jarrett, while Bee used profane language to […] Read More

Missing Children and Missing Politicians

The hashtags #MissingChildren and #WhereAreTheChildren were trending on Twitter and Facebook last week. Citizens were outraged at the Trump administration for potentially losing track of 1,475 unaccompanied immigrant children last year. Coupled with the story, photos of children sleeping in cages fueled the outrage even more. However, if readers would have read past the headlines […] Read More

The Power of Love

A worldwide audience listened last weekend to a sermon about the power of love at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle. Delivered by Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the sermon has received a global reception as a message the world needed to hear. Building upon a quote from Martin Luther King […] Read More