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Baylor University leaders say they love LGBTQ+ students yet continue to separate them from student life. While the love of Christ has no conditions, Baylor presents love to their queer students with an asterisk. […] Read More

Although many churches claim to be diverse while welcoming LGBTQ+ folks into the church, they do not provide the same opportunities for leadership and participation as they do for straight and cisgender members. Inconceivable! […] Read More

I have come to the conclusion that the church should not hinder LGBTQ Christians from full inclusion into the body as God made them. However, I have not always held this conviction. Here’s my journey. […] Read More

A chasm splits the minds and hearts of many church members. The Bible is on one side; their LGBTQ loved ones on the other. That chasm, however, does not exist. Jesus has already brought both sides together. […] Read More

Baptists should be among the leaders who are creating and developing healthy environments for productive conversations concerning the inclusion of LGBTQ Christians in the church. […] Read More

Does justice require inclusion and diversity? The simple answer is “yes” and “no.” However, my emphasis here is going to be on the “no,” simply because I exist in a religious context where that is what needs to be said and heard. Some years ago, my family played a board game called Scruples. The game […] Read More

American schools have long taught the English grammar rule that allows the words “man” and “he” to refer to both males and females. This practice has evolved along a convoluted path. According to Carolyn Jacobson in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania, “man” was once a truly generic word referring to all humans. […] Read More

It was heartening to learn that so many churches in Chicago last week passed the welcoming test that Jesus created. That is, they opened their doors to welcome children. “What’s so unusual about that?” you’re probably asking. Isn’t that what churches are supposed to be doing – what most churches are eager to do? Wouldn’t […] Read More

Healed for Community

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on February 12, 2012. Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:40-45 I still remember one of the most traumatic days I ever had in elementary school.  I was in the fifth grade, it happened at the end of English class right before lunch.  The […] Read More

A Wedding Invitation

A sermon delivered by Larry Greenfield, Pastor, Morgan Park Baptist Church on October 9, 2011. Matthew 22: 1-14 Our nation lost a great treasure this past week. He was someone unusually gifted in intellect and imagination and integrity, in courage and curiosity and creativity. He actually changed the way we – not just in this […] Read More