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In the company of purple and white candles, the pink candle of joy in the Advent wreath appears to be blushing. It’s a contrast to our culture, which seems to have lost the ability to blush. […] Read More

On the second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded – as followers of the Prince of Peace – that to speak in favor of peace always demands finding a dissenting voice in a hostile world. […] Read More

Sermon development during Advent can be difficult for most preachers, especially on the topic of peace. A proclamation for peace from the pulpits can be detrimental to the preacher’s standing. […] Read More

We should beware the damage we can cause with an ill-spoken word, but that shouldn’t prevent us from sharing a kind word whenever we can. When it comes to our speech, don’t be a one-hit wonder. […] Read More

When women want to preach, some people lash out with their limited and unquestioned theology about the place of a female. Others do it quietly in other ways. […] Read More

Being a pastor is much more than being a preacher. In fact, many of the most influential pastors in my life have been average preachers, but extraordinary pastors. And many of the great conference speakers who have encouraged me with their insightful and entertaining perspectives wouldn’t last very long as pastor of a local church. […] Read More

Affirming and supporting women in all local church ministry positions is a distinctive of the moderate Baptist movement. Sometimes, it takes instances like the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s removal of First Baptist of Jefferson City, Tennessee, from its fellowship for calling Ellen Di Giosia as pastor to remind us of this distinctive. Baptist Women in Ministry […] 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 registered for a class called “The History of Women in Preaching” during my second semester at Beeson Divinity School. I took the course out of sheer curiosity; at the age of 35, as a life-long Baptist, I had never heard a woman preach. Was there really a history of women in preaching? If you […] Read More

Among my favorite collaborative partnerships has been one between Martha Stearns Marshall and Melissa Rogers. Martha and Melissa have worked together to amplify the voices of Baptist women preachers. You are thinking that I got this all wrong. Martha and Melissa lived in different centuries. They certainly never met. They had little in common – […] Read More