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Ferrell Foster

Face-to-face encounters possess great potential for good or evil. Some like to stir the pot of public discourse; others seek greater understanding and fruitful dialogue. Christians should avoid the former and model the latter. […] Read More

Every adult knows the value of neighbors. Good ones make life better. Jesus has a different view of a good neighbor. It’s anyone who helps someone in need, who shows mercy. Like Larry. […] Read More

Ferrell Foster is director of ethics and justice for the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission. 1. Where did you grow up? The Pleasant Grove section of southeast Dallas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Luke 10:27. I keep it on a chain around my neck […] Read More

The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would roll back the 1954 law prohibiting partisan political involvement by nonprofit organizations, including churches. The Senate version that passed over the weekend does not directly address the so-called Johnson Amendment, something the congressional conference committee will address during the reconciliation process. This effort to […] Read More

I lay for three hours on a hospital bed with pain from kidney stones. The first shot of morphine had little impact; the second got me to a much better place. This took place a few years ago. Now, I read this: “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but […] Read More

A beautiful young woman gets the job of her dreams. A major airline notifies Rhonda she has been accepted as a flight attendant, and she goes out to celebrate, as anyone would do upon getting her dream job. The dream turned into a nightmare on that evening in 1987. A car crash broke Rhonda’s back, […] Read More

A community in Quebec has done an interesting thing. The people of Saint-Apollinaire voted to not allow a Muslim cemetery in town. They did so for a rather high-minded reason. As reported by Peter Stockland in The Globe & Mail, supporters of the ban are against burial on the basis of any faith tradition, period. […] Read More

A picture in the news this weekend showed three white men holding black shields and black flags. It occurred to me that, though younger, they looked like me. Without their foolish garb, we could be mistaken as being very much alike. If I could hear them talk, we might even speak with a similar accent. […] Read More

Alt-right racism is both like and unlike the old racism. How they’re alike: Both see the white race as superior and in need of protection. How they’re different: The alt-right is generally educated, secular and young. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) brought the alt-right to center stage during its 2017 annual meeting when it initially […] Read More

I stopped posting on social media about the presidential campaign a few weeks ago because I didn’t trust myself. I had not taken sides, but I was beginning to get angry and wanting to say mean things, to use unkind labels, to disrespect. It’s been hard not to comment, but I’m glad I refrained. My […] Read More