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Author Molly T. Marshall

Molly T. Marshall is president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) in Shawnee, Kansas.

Preachers often avoid lectionary texts from Judges as they are not sure what to do with stories of violence (Samson), testing God (Gideon) and an ill-conceived vow to the Lord (Jephthah), to name only a few. It was a precarious time for the young nation as “there was no king in Israel; all the people […] Read More

Among some Christians you will often hear the aphorism: “Everything happens for a reason.” Really? How in the wake of hurricanes, internally displaced persons, floods, earthquakes and shattered infrastructures does one maintain this? It seems to infer divine intent in even the most devastating circumstances. The Bible does teach that suffering is instructive; however, it […] Read More

Violence erupted in a staid university town this weekend, and the symbolism of the white supremacists was startling. A Nazi swastika alongside the Confederate “stars and bars” was a mash-up, to be sure, and the U.S. flag was thrown in for good measure, as if all of this was mutually reinforcing. It is not; it […] Read More

Many are anxious as a rending of the health care safety net is transpiring. Decisions are underway that threaten to exclude a growing sector of the population from basic access. The tension between federal and state responsibilities will only grow, and each will resort to blaming the other. Preserving the wealth of the few by […] Read More

I attended church last weekend (Pentecost Sunday) with a dear friend, and she inquired about how widespread the practice of following the Christian calendar is among Baptists. Well, as you know, there are quite a few varieties of Baptist; however, I do think it is fair to say that there is growing interest in planning […] Read More

One of the lectionary readings for the fourth Sunday of Easter (May 7) was a passage in 1 Peter, most likely addressed to slaves. It perpetuates “redemptive violence” as essential to the story of salvation: “For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly” (1 Peter […] Read More

The alleluias of Resurrection Sunday are still resounding in our ears, and Eastertide comes clothed in spring’s finest attire. It is not surprising that tradition has brought the joyous news of our Savior conquering death to align with the bursting forth of new life in creation. A seventh-century English monk, The Venerable Bede, helped Christians […] Read More

I spent the better part of last week on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis for their Spring Speaker Series. This meant that I spoke in chapel three times, taught two classes and met with faculty and board members, students and administrators. I also had some of those quiet conversations with individuals […] Read More

Hope perches in the soul of every human. Thank you, Emily Dickinson, for the lovely imagery. Like breathing itself, hope is an intrinsic practice that sustains life. When reflecting on Paul’s trilogy of faith, hope and love, hope usually gets negligible attention, for it seems more ephemeral, less practical. Thankfully, one theologian in particular, Jürgen […] Read More

Where will the next generation of ministers come from? I spend a great deal of time thinking about the future of the church, theological schools and Christian identity. This constellation is relationally thick, and vocation arises from the interplay. I believe God continues to call people to do God’s work in the world. It is […] Read More