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Local churches and people of faith must actively support sexual assault victims and provide safe spaces for those who have yet to share their stories. These 3 things need to be part of your church culture for that to happen. […] Read More

Far too many stories of sexual assault and abuse have happened among our faith communities. Our churches must be safe havens, where we believe victims and where people know how to respond to them with compassion and helpful steps. […] Read More

Paige Patterson, former head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), is receiving criticism and being challenged on multiple situations. His comments counseling a woman who was being abused by her husband to stay in the marriage in 2004 have resurfaced. It has also been revealed that while president of a previous seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological […] Read More

“You’re a what?” “I’m a pastor,” I responded to the blank stare of a woman who lived in my neighborhood. After 30 seconds of dead silence, I said, “I’m a preacher.” I concluded trying to connect to her. “I work at a church.” “Oh, I’ve never seen a woman preacher before,” she responded. “Yeah, I […] Read More

I didn’t realize it was strange to some Christians to clap in the middle of a worship service until I was 20. Clapping was an expression of gratitude common in worship services I attended as a child, especially at Christmas and Easter. I always understood the clapping to be a sign of gratitude for the […] Read More