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Honesty

For many people living or working in large cities, being asked for money is an everyday experience. It can often cause feelings of distress, guilt and confusion. What is the best way to respond to someone asking you for money? In 20 years of working with homeless people, it is by far the most common […] Read More

There are multiple issues on which the U.S. Supreme Court has made rulings or will make rulings in the very near future. I do not wish to address the specific cases, but rather the dominant attitude of separation that seems to be regularly espoused by some Christians. This attitude leads people to avoid associating or […] Read More

In an exclusive interview for BMS World Mission’s Catalyst Live in Reading, England, renowned theologian Walter Brueggemann spoke about greater honesty, the purpose of preaching and the sentence he wishes he’d written differently. The Catalyst Live audience in Reading enjoyed a taste of Brueggemann’s theology through an interview with Mark Ord, co-director of BMS World […] Read More

Americans ranked clergy and other professions based on perceptions of their ethics and honesty in a December 2013 Gallup poll. “Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of various professions periodically since 1976, and annually since 1990,” the report noted. For the first time, less than 50 percent of […] Read More

Anne Lamott infamously said, “The most powerful sermon in the world are the words ‘me too.'” I read those words once – I also read them in Rob Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis,” which is fitting because I recently found myself settling into a packed pew to hear Lamott on a book tour for her latest […] Read More

Basically Honest

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on July 8, 2012. Revelation 2:8-11 Morning Prayer: Our Father, we, your children, come humbly before you this morning.  We know that you are light and in you there is no darkness at all, but in the path of our lives, we see […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on June 17, 2012. Matthew 5:33-37 Meditation Text: Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.                                                             —Charlotte Bronte Jesus very clearly tells us not to judge others, but we do.  I don’t necessarily mean as in judging our neighbors because we […] Read More

A successful Web/IT developer recently said in his thought-provoking blog that he knows a lot of people who want to pull the plug on Facebook and other social media because the technologies set up a shell of who they really are. Folks upload pictures of their vacation without talking about the crumbling marriages they are […] Read More

Are biographical embellishments as certain as death and taxes?   Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) recently said, “Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that … and then to have them call me Hitler’s daughter. It hurts. It’s ugliness beyond anything I’ve […] Read More

The story is troubling from the ground up. Professor Bruce Waltke, an evangelical Old Testament scholar who has contributed strongly to the field for many years, had to resign his teaching post on the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) because – gasp! – he dared to suggest that Christian faith and the acceptance […] Read More