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Brent McDougal

John Mayer’s song called “Waiting for the World to Change” has been my head as I think about Christmas. Mayer writes compelling lyrics about how we often feel like we don’t have the power to change our world. “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/with the world and those who lead it/we just feel like […] Read More

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the toughest of them all when it comes to using nuclear weapons against Osama bin Laden and terrorists in radical states such as Iran and Afghanistan? And by the way, while you’re pondering that, mirror, mirror, what should people of faith and those who seek peace demand of candidates […] Read More

Living Deliberately

In the 1840s, Henry David Thoreau walked away from his everyday life in Concord, Mass., in exchange for an intentional, uncomplicated life. “I went to the woods,” Thoreau wrote in Walden, “because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had […] Read More

Alabama’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has launched a “Let Justice Roll Down” initiative to bring a goodwill Baptist public witness to bear on issues like racism, poverty, equality of women, education and constitutional reform. Kicked off at last month’s Alabama CBF spring meeting, the campaign draws from the admonition of the Old Testament prophet Amos to […] Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote to Alabama clergymen his open Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963. The religious leaders questioned King’s tactics and timing, arguing for negotiation over direct action, forbearance over acquiescence to unjust laws, patience over urgent demand for justice. King decried their pleas as indicative of the “wait” for constitutional […] Read More

Wired for Ministry

Pastors and other Christian leaders often find themselves treading water in the rising flood of technology and its ministry applications. They ponder how the digital revolution can enhance community and personal/corporate connectivity with church members. They wonder what technologies will best serve the church and how to get started. Furthermore, most leaders intuitively realize the […] Read More

Joining the Dance

When congregations dream about what might happen if their feet began to move to the lively, hypnotic rhythm of God’s Spirit, they often find themselves standing against the wall of the ballroom, unsure of the place of the Spirit in communal life. Too often believers perceive a false choice between the frightening, mosh-pit chaos of […] Read More

With each compelling story in Water in the Wastelands, a new thread joins with others to form a solid, resilient cord of truth: through shared suffering, God’s children partake of a sacrament that binds people of faith together, parses out hope where there seemingly is none and offers strength in the midst of life’s most […] Read More

With each compelling story in Water in the Wastelands, a new thread joins with others to form a solid, resilient cord of truth: through shared suffering, God’s children partake of a sacrament that binds people of faith together, parses out hope where there seemingly is none and offers strength in the midst of life’s most […] Read More

In recent months, leaders including Trent Lott, Rick Santorum and State Senator David Fowler of Tennessee have drawn criticism for off-the-cuff remarks relative to race, poverty and homosexuality. Some remarks were defended, some denied, some apologized for, some regretted. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> But the pattern has been to rationalize that […] Read More