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Illumination Project

It was 6:30 a.m. June 14, and a historic moment was minutes away. Nathan Russell and I met outside the Reunion E Conference Room at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas. We were co-leading the creation of the Affirming Network within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and were about to open the doors to the […] Read More

The debate taking place within churches across denominational lines regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and their relationships is more than familiar by now. On one side, there are traditionalists arguing in favor of maintaining the church’s position of recognizing marriage and celibacy as the only licit options for Christians. On the other side, there […] Read More

EthicsDaily.com is seeking courageous investors who want to combine theoretical and applied ethics into an ecumenical Christian movement for social justice. Warren Buffett, one of the world’s greatest investors, concluded, “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” At EthicsDaily.com, we […] Read More

It has been about a month now since the presentation of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Illumination Project report, and the conversation in response to it has continued, as it should. People and entities have pondered and even acted upon affiliation and support of the CBF because of the adjustment to the hiring policy, while others […] Read More

The scientific term for altering the direction of light is refraction. Light moves consistently in a straight line until the moment it encounters an object that either redirects it or stops it altogether. Usually, this redirection only occurs in distinct, sharp angles. However, only water can actually bend light into an arc. So, let’s wade […] Read More

I went out to get the mail on the Wednesday following my ordination. It was the same day the local paper ran an article on my journey to becoming the first gay person ordained at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. As I opened the mailbox, I found three hollow-point bullets set up side by […] Read More

Several issues have become flashpoints in Christian communities. One of these is the inclusion of LGBT persons in local churches and denominations. On most of these issues, a figurative line is drawn in the sand and both individual and organizations are defined by where they stand. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) has recently adopted a […] Read More

I wonder who awoke this morning to find a smudge of ash still haunting the hairline. My children have been known to want to keep the ashen cross on their foreheads overnight, but I protest; it will get all over everything. Remembrances of our dusty humanity, our being formed from the “adamah” (Hebrew for “ground” […] Read More

When our church was voted out of the Baptist General Convention of Texas last year at this time for our decision on full inclusion of LGBTQ Christians, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship staff sent us flowers. Months earlier, during the debate on the floor of the convention, my CBF friend and colleague, Steve Wells, pastor of […] Read More

Threading the ethical needle is always a delicate matter in institutions and agencies that serve a diverse community. This is especially true when an issue is seen from a wide variety of deeply held perspectives among the people who make up the community. The evolving values that accompany a faith journey present a significant challenge […] Read More