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Author Ryon Price

I have a slight preference for white persons over black persons. That’s not a confession; it’s a diagnosis. According to the online Implicit Association Test, which measures the unconscious biases associated with persons of various races and ethnicities, I have an unconscious preference for white persons over black and brown persons. In other words, I […] Read More

Summer is in full swing and that means the church has empty pews – and lots of them.   Some six million mainline Protestants have gone on summer vacation since 1965 and haven’t come back. That’s right, six million members are missing. And we’re not even talking about all those millions of others who have […] Read More

Find the Right Fold

I let someone go from the church the other day. Not an employee. A parishioner. And a friend. We met in a coffee shop and she began asking about ways that she can get more involved in church. But that wasn’t what she really needed. What she really needed was permission to leave. She lives […] Read More

We’re a lot like the folks at the back of that Wal-Mart line. We have no idea who’s up there ahead of us. We can’t see who’s being crushed by the weight of our wants. All we know is that there’s a sale and the doors are now open. That employee was Jdimytai Damour. He was […] Read More

“Have you killed and also taken possession of the land? You have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord.” These are the words Elijah the prophet spoke as he pronounced God’s sentence upon King Ahab of Israel and his infamous wife Jezebel. The royal couple cast their covetous eyes […] Read More

Walking the Walk

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, has written an interesting assessment of the current state of women in Baptist ministry. Citing a study titled The State of Women in Baptist Life, 2005 by Baptist Women in Ministry, Mohler says that though moderate Baptists publicly affirm the right of women in ministry, they are reluctant […] Read More