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Author Colin Harris

Colin Harris is professor emeritus of religious studies at Mercer University and a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

A pandemic is blazing across our society. This one isn’t COVID-19. This virus infects the soul of the populace and blinds it to what in our more peaceful times we embrace as truth. It’s a pandemic of intentional misinformation. […] Read More

Like a magician’s use of distraction to pull off a “magic” trick, sleight of mind shifts the public’s focus from the real issues and concerns. The former is amusing; the latter can have dire consequences. […] Read More

Church facilities are closed, programs and services canceled or shifted to ‘virtual’ services. Things are not normal this year. Perhaps it’s an appropriate time to examine what ‘holy’ really means when we think about Holy Week. […] Read More

In this Lenten season, as humanity faces a global pandemic, we are witnessing a timeless human paradigm of response to crisis, moving from self-centered ‘I’ thinking and believing to a more community-centered ‘we’ perspective. […] Read More

Never seeking the limelight, Wayne Martin began building interfaith bridges before it became fashionable to do. He passed away recently at age 85, leaving a legacy of healthy growth of a spirit of community across interfaith lines. […] Read More

The words of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two iconic leaders we honor on Presidents Day, reflect deeper qualities of character defining the presidency as a service to the people based on integrity, morality and reverence. […] Read More

The dark cloud of the politics of moneyed power and religious sanction have united in an unholy alliance to transform our collective consciousness into a tolerance of the dominance of our lesser angels. But there’s a silver lining. […] Read More

My new year’s concern is ‘politi-fatigue,’ or political fatigue. It will lead to passive citizenship that either will check out of the process or will be vulnerable to efforts to manipulate responses in ideological directions. […] Read More

Setting aside the partisan divide over the impeachment inquiry, we must examine a larger question: How is our constitutional framework handling the stress? Is our governmental system breaking down or holding up? Here are 4 lessons. […] Read More

The traditional image of a minister as a ‘preacher’ or ‘church leader’ is engrained in many of us. Mister Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, broadened that definition as he lived out his calling in a non-traditional role. […] Read More