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Mitch Carnell

One of my birthday presents this year was accompanied by a great compliment. My son gave me Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Faith: A Journey for All,” and said, “Dad, this sounds like you.” It was an over-the-top compliment, but I sincerely hope that it is true. There is not much that surprises in this new […] Read More

An article I read recently extoling the virtues of complementarianism nagged at me. It would not let me rest. Complementarianism is a religious construct that deals with the roles of gender. The message is evil at its center. “The SBC has affirmed complementarianism – the belief that the Bible reveals that men and women are […] Read More

I helped launch the Say Something Nice Day movement 13 years ago. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that the greatest barriers to our success would become a president of the United States and evangelical Christians who support his coarse way of communicating and his behavior. I remember when President Bill Clinton was […] Read More

Reading about the beginning struggles of First Baptist Church of Boston should cause every Baptist heart to swell with pride. These pioneers in the faith suffered unbelievable persecution. Massachusetts in the 1600s was simply not a good place to be if you believed in freedom of religious conscious. Dissenters were publicly whipped and jailed. The […] Read More

Who was the funniest person in your family? Who was the most serious? Who was the caretaker? Who was the prankster? Family stories are important. They tell who you are and where you came from. My grandfather had the greatest laugh I had ever known until our son, Michael, came along. His laughter can light […] Read More

I heard the devastating news of the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, when I returned home from church. The horror of that incident is almost too much to comprehend. How can a single individual harbor that much hate? I have no idea. I am the product of a small town and […] Read More

“The Invisible Women: Naming and Proclaiming the Forgotten Women in Scripture and Church Law” is a book of great consequence. Through Sister Sandra Makowski’s superb writing, research and scholarship, the poor treatment of women in the Bible, lectionary and local church is brought to new light. Of course, Makowski writes from a Catholic perspective, but […] Read More

Peter Gomes, the former minister of Memorial Church, said in a 2004 convocation address to the Harvard Divinity School, “Silence is death, and we with our skills and talents have never been more needed than now.” His words were never more appropriate than now for those of us who strive for a more civil national […] Read More

President Obama struck the right note when speaking about the police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “We need to temper our words and open our hearts,” he said following the mid-July killing of three officers. Words are powerful. They have the power to build up or tear down, calm people down or stir them up. […] Read More

The ability to communicate is a gift. We can bless others with this gift by using it to heal, to build up and not to harm. Conversely, we can use it to tear down, to harm and to destroy relationships. We all need and search for connectedness. We know how it feels to be in […] Read More