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Frank Rees

How do we live with uncertainty, doubt, ambiguity, fear and anxiety? Some folks withdraw; others attack those with different stances. Others, however, are able to live with the questions, actively exploring and engaging with them. […] Read More

Frank Rees is a Baptist pastor in Melbourne, Australia, and an associate professor at the University of Divinity. 1. Where did you grow up? The rural town of Moe, a poor industrial workers’ town in Victoria, Australia. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The story of Jesus’ meeting […] Read More

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” according to the music blasting in the shopping mall. This declaration of the wondrous time of year was followed by the insistence that “All I Want for Christmas is You.” The commercial season that is called Christmas seems to be an ever-growing quest for something that never […] Read More

Events were held around the world recently to commemorate the event from 500 years ago when Martin Luther presented his “95 Theses” – which he may or may not have actually nailed to the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany – and began the changes in the church that are broadly known as the […] Read More

It is interesting to notice how commonly political leaders now say – in regard to the victims of something like a natural disaster or the latest mass shooting in the U.S. – that “our prayers are with them.” I find myself wondering what this means. I do not decry the compassion and sympathy indicated by […] Read More

The state and federal governments of Australia all agreed on new “security” measures to address what they call terrorist threats. These measures, adopted a few weeks ago, sit in a long line of actions taken since September 2001, which have actually undermined the very freedoms they claim to defend. In reality, terror has undermined our […] Read More

The United States ambassador to the United Nations believes that the organization is out of options with regard to North Korea. “U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and the United States may have to turn […] Read More

It is one of the fallacies of modernity that to be united we all need to be the same. Unity is not uniformity. Before this is a human or social truth, it is a theological truth. If we want to see how we can be a Baptist community that maintains unity, we need first of […] Read More