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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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Southern Baptist Convention seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, has relieved President Paige Patterson of his responsibilities. Patterson’s status has been in question for weeks after reports surfaced that years ago he advised an abused woman to remain with her husband and forgive him. Although he initially stood by his actions, […] Read More

When Jesus delivered his condemnation of the Pharisees and scribes in Jerusalem, he did so knowing both the city’s vast history and potential future. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her […] Read More

As a young boy, I had no idea the rarity of my experiences. When my mother decided to return to college in pursuit of a degree in education, she turned to my great-grandmothers and grandmothers to help care for me. Little did I know at the time, but these incredible, gritty ladies could be considered […] Read More