Articles on Citizenship

I never gave hunger much thought until I became a mother. Motherhood begins with conversations about “the schedule” and bottles and quickly turns to the veggie/fruit count, snack monitoring and introduction of potential allergens. The information and advice you receive... Continue...

Moral indignation without compassion is little more than petulance and self-righteous smugness. Mercy and acceptance untempered by a steadfast commitment to unchanging truth constitute moral weakness and can indicate, at times, self-loathing. Finding the perfect mean between these two demands... Continue...

Note: This is the third entry in a three part series on the Life of John Leland. [leland-statesman] III. John Leland – Statesman Patriot[i] John Leland’s first memories were the death of George II[ii] and the coronation of George III, coupled... Continue...

Note: This is the second entry in a three part series on the Life of John Leland. II. John Leland – Preacher Evangelist New England 1773-1774 “No sooner was my mind exercised about the salvation of my soul, than it... Continue...

Note: This is the first entry in a three part series on the Life of John Leland. Introduction & Overview of John Leland’s Life John Leland was born in Grafton, Massachusetts on May 14, 1754, and he died at age... Continue...

Our culture does not want us, as Christians, to love it. Our culture wants us to hate it. That makes us the bad guys, and our culture wants us to be the bad guys. Loving our culture—really loving it—and proving... Continue...

Irony is often used in humor, but it finds its most powerful expression in tragedy. News outlets are reporting that Fred Phelps Sr., the founding pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist, was excommunicated before he passed away on March 19. There’s a sad suitability... Continue...

With apologies to Qoheleth: Of American Evangelical navel-gazing there is no end. We are a source of both curiosity and consternation to outside academic and journalistic observers, but we are pretty adept at looking under our own hoods quite exhaustively.... Continue...

Growing up in a Southern Baptist church in the 1970s and ’80s, I heard quite a bit about “the Rapture.” This was the dispensationalist apocalyptic teaching that some day, some day very soon, born-again Christians would be secretly whisked away... Continue...