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Author Guy Sayles

Guy Sayles is a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches. He served previously as an assistant professor of religion at Mars Hill University, an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb Divinity School, and as a board member of the Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com.

In political and congregational spheres, fear drives a disturbing number of Christians to embrace harsh, divisive, self-centered and transactional leadership. Instead, we must practice Jesus’ way of peacemaking and humility. […] Read More

Many of us feel we’re unworthy of love. Our painful knowledge of our fears, failures, sins and regrets are amplified by voices telling us we aren’t worthy. No matter what others think or say, true love is a gift from God. […] Read More

Some fear that life is too precarious to live. If life were a motorcycle, they would tell you don’t rev it up too much; don’t go into uncharted territory. Play it safe. Instead, say “yes” to the calling to be freely and fully alive. […] Read More

Five years into my journey with multiple myeloma, my illness has given me the opportunity to reconsider the stories that shape and misshape my identity. I’ve learned 5 new stories that nurture wholeness and meaning. […] Read More

As Advent begins Sunday, remember God does what we cannot do. When today is barren and tomorrow is bleak, God draws near with surprising grace to bring new life and fresh beauty. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

My support for EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics means more than providing resources for an institution. It’s a way of strengthening a community of fellow travelers. […] Read More

No, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, you may not use Paul’s words in Romans 13:1 to justify the heinous separation of children from their parents. That text was abused by church officials who ordered the brutal Crusades against Muslims, by southern preachers who sought to prop up the Confederacy’s shameful claim that slavery was consistent with […] Read More

Character is the primary arena of change. We can’t change the DNA we inherited, the circumstances into which we were born, the families that shaped and misshaped us, or the wounding events we’ve undergone. Some things about our bodies, temperaments and minds are relatively set and resistant to change. We can, though, make choices about […] Read More

Do you think anybody ever really changes? When my wife, Anita, and I were in seminary, we served a small and loving congregation in southern Indiana. One of our next-door neighbors, a generous man in his late 50s and a faithful church member, was crustily cynical about the possibility of change. At some point in […] Read More