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Author Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is senior pastor of Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Our culture will celebrate love tomorrow. Mostly, it will focus on a form of love the Greeks called eros. It is the source of our English word erotica. It is not a word found in the Greek New Testament (GNT). Yet, two other Greek words for love are found. One is phileo or friendship love […] Read More

Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy? These are the sorts of questions […] Read More

Starving on Plenty

Thumbing through the new Eat This, Not That: Supermarket Survival Guide, I was stopped cold by this statistic: The average piece of chicken has 266 percent more fat than it did in 1971, while its protein content has dropped by a third. Accordingly, the book suggests that this is because chickens are raised cramped in […] Read More

A Prayer for a New Day

May we pray, pray, pray and work, work, work to build a better tomorrow and welcome this world you have made and love to become all you have intended it to be. O God of King David and Queen Elizabeth, Of every Pharaoh and each Caesar, of all despots and dictators, of preachers, popes and […] Read More

A young stockbroker, who once belonged to a youth group I led back in the 1980s, refers to Facebook as “Internet crack cocaine.” He might be right, especially in the first month of “addiction” when there is a frenzy of activity: renewing old acquaintances, looking over friends’ messages and photo albums and trying to learn […] Read More

The Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is an organization of 1,400 parents and supporters who recently petitioned 24 major toy companies to limit their holiday ads aimed at children this season. Their point was a simple one. The avalanche of holiday advertisements exposes their children to expectations hard to meet, especially by families struggling […] Read More

Can Baptist congregations still be courageous enough to respect, honor and validate the personal and moral choice of members who challenge the Christian mainstream by exercising a renewal of our commitment to the liberty of conscience? Some bishops, as illustrated by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., were more moderate and flexible in […] Read More

In the volatile and often virulent political climate of this election cycle, followers of Jesus would do well to remember times for quiet, peaceful and graceful witness. Already, there have been some problems with early voting. In North Carolina, college students have been questioned if their campus addresses did not match the one on their […] Read More

Given the tendency for public prayer to degenerate into religious grandstanding and arrogance, it’s no wonder Jesus instructed the bulk of our prayer to be accomplished in private. All last week, a group of Christians mostly associated with the two right-leaning organizations, Christian Defense Coalition and Faith and Action, erected a 16-foot white cross on […] Read More

The world changed forever on July 16, 1945. Somewhere in the remote basin of the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico, the first nuclear bomb was detonated. Though this was just a test, secretly and simultaneously two other nuclear bombs were being prepared for wartime deployment. Less than a month later, they were used against […] Read More