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Jimmy Carter

One of my birthday presents this year was accompanied by a great compliment. My son gave me Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Faith: A Journey for All,” and said, “Dad, this sounds like you.” It was an over-the-top compliment, but I sincerely hope that it is true. There is not much that surprises in this new […] Read More

“True evangelical hope,” a headline in the current (May 23) Christian Century, drew and held my attention this week. It signaled an interview by Elizabeth Palmer with President Jimmy Carter. They got right to the point of “evangelical” issues and concerns, and the appearance of Carter in the magazine inspired some backtracking and forward-looking on […] Read More

We recently traveled across this country for the privilege of learning from Jimmy Carter. The Nobel Prize winner and 39th president of the United States, now in his 90s, continues a disciplined practice, learned from his father’s model and begun as an 18-year-old student at the United States Naval Academy. President Carter is a Bible […] Read More

The 39th president of the United States was born on Oct. 1, 1924, so today is Jimmy Carter’s 90th birthday. In spite of the many difficulties and widespread criticism during his presidency, he is the best ex-president the U.S. has ever had in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. It […] Read More

I was initiated into adulthood through more than the traditional graduation from high school. I will never forget that summer because I was excited to be participating in the National American Baptist Youth Gathering as a small group leader. My anticipation of an incredible week quickly turned into a nightmare when I learned one of […] Read More

Jesus’ moral agenda is summarized in Luke 4:18-19. Unfortunately, U.S. Christians in general and Baptists in particular have neglected it, especially the part about prisoners. That was the observation of former President Jimmy Carter in a video interview with last week at the Carter Center. “I don’t think there is any doubt but that […] Read More

Thursday was a very good day – personally and for goodwill Baptists. It began at 1:13 a.m. with a confusing awareness that the hotel fire alarm was screeching, beeping, bleeping – however one would describe that sound. The alarm was a false one, one that continued for some 20 minutes and another 20 minutes ringing […] Read More

ATLANTA – New Baptist Covenant II began Thursday night with a focus on unity following the touchstone passage from Luke 4 that was the basis for the first historic gathering in Atlanta in 2008. Convened by former President Jimmy Carter, the second national gathering featured eight separate locations, all joined to the worship service in […] Read More

Jimmy Carter walked briskly into the Zaban Room at The Carter Center last Tuesday afternoon, shook hands with invitees and invited participants to be seated. We were there for a planning meeting of the 2011 New Baptist Covenant (NBC) gathering.   Carter listened carefully, gave all abundant time to speak, took notes, asked questions and […] Read More

Reinhold Niebuhr is regarded by many as the most influential American theologian and ethicist of the 20th century. His gift for seeing the complexity of the issues brought balance between the idealism and the realism of modern human experience. With an unwavering concern for justice, he offered a penetrating critique of the naiveté of idealism […] Read More