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Author Larry Greenfield

Larry Greenfield retired on Dec. 31, 2018 as the executive director of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He served previously as executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, a regional judicatory of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A, and the theologian-in-residence for the Community Renewal Society.

A fairly strong case could be made that the principle of church-state separation was dramatically reaffirmed by the Supreme Court this week. Not that this principle itself was directly at stake. None of the justices, as far as I can tell, appealed to the First Amendment in reaching their decisions or in writing their opinions. […] Read More

The tolls have not begun to be taken. But surely that will start soon. And we can be pretty certain what those tolls will report. It’s just a matter of time, that is, before we begin learning of deaths occurring on account of the sequester and the decision by several states to opt out of […] Read More

I’m a Chicagoan. Been here – in spirit all the time and in body most of the time – for 50 years now. So, I know, from experience, a thing or two about “clout.” In the most generous rendering of it, clout has to do with the power – political, economic, social, personal and, yes, […] Read More

The non-scriptural doctrine of the Trinity makes its annual appearance this coming Sunday, and with it the host of theological problems the Christian church has wrestled with throughout its history.  As a Bible-centered Baptist, I’m continually amused by how much time is spent arguing about this non-biblical doctrine – that is, a doctrine that isn’t […] Read More

The Dow breaks 15,000! Whoopee! Let’s break out the bubbly and start the march toward 16,000. I can’t help fantasizing about what this will mean for my retirement accounts. You too? But is everybody cheering? Is everybody looking ahead to a new high? Are fattened retirement accounts on everyone’s mind? Maybe not. How about the […] Read More

Good thing I didn’t have to wait for congressional action and a leader’s signature to make me a legitimate member of the nation of Jesus. Fortunately, that all got taken care of a couple of millennia ago when Peter was in Joppa and then Jerusalem (Acts 10:1-11:18). Or was it Paul when he was in […] Read More

President Barack Obama opined that “the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.” He was referring to the death of the “Iron Lady,” the former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, on April 8. Maybe he should have said that our nation lost […] Read More

There are costs in being brought back from the dead to life. Just ask Lazarus. Not that he had much to say, at least from what we can gather in Scripture. He was evidently the silent type. Lazarus is known primarily by his relationships – as the brother of Bethany-based Mary and Martha and as […] Read More

Was it a spur-of-the-moment thing? Or something Mary had in mind for a long time? If it was impulsive, why did she have so much expensive nard-based perfume on hand? Was Mary collecting this perfume because she loved exquisite fragrances? Or was she a wise investor, hedging her bets against volatile currency markets by putting […] Read More

Based on longstanding and widespread reports of government corruption in Afghanistan, I’m no fan of the country’s president. And it appears that Hamid Karzai is again exploiting an ambiguous situation involving the U.S. military for his own political gain. Karzai ordered U.S. special operation units out of Wardak province in response to accusations that U.S. […] Read More