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How to Make Your Church Safe for the LGBTQ+ Community

By Kyndall Rae Rothaus | May 24, 2019

Bad theology is killing people, and it must stop. LGBTQ youth, for example, who grew up in a faith community are more likely to take their lives than those who have not. Churches must be fully welcoming and affirming.

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Jonathan Merritt, author of "Learning to Speak God from Scratch," talks about the importance of speaking up at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Advocacy in Action 2019 in New York City.

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By Paul A. Richardson | December 19, 2000

For weeks, we have been hearing the songs of Christmas. And, yes, they do begin earlier every year! Whether it’s “Joy to the World, ” “Frosty the Snowman,” or “Grandma Got Run over by a Raindeer,” the packagers of motivational music care little about meaning, so long as the bottom line is–well, the bottom line. […]

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By Cliff Vaughn | December 12, 2000

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“Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture,” according to Kwanzaa’s official Web site. “Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name.” The name “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which […]

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By Cliff Vaughn | December 5, 2000

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By Gary Farley | December 5, 2000

Social ethicist and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr warned us in the mid-20th century that a “free market” economy leads ultimately to monopolies controlled by corporate lords, not to some Adam Smith utopia. A truly free market is too risky. Monopolies ensure large profits for some and feed human avarice. Niebuhr claimed that despite corporate America’s cries […]

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