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Public Witness

Dreaming is sometimes the most realistic thing we can do. Or is there still something else we might do, like public protest, or something else? In his book on prophecy, “Commandments for the Long Haul,” Daniel Berrigan offers this advice. Prophetic gestures aren’t always politically effective. Often, they accomplish nothing that’s practical, but he adds, […] Read More

Royal Ambassadors (RA) is a Baptist ministry for grade-school boys that seeks to blend scouting-type activities with a call to missions. Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I grew up in the 1960s, had an extremely active and engaging chapter of this uniquely Baptist endeavor. Our group was so robust that I actually […] Read More

In the past few years the identity of the religious right has crystallized around the issues of abortion and homosexual marriage. These two issues have made political activists out of many ordinary believers. On a smaller scale, as befits their now minority status, the religious left has championed issues relating to peace and justice. They […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics needs to step up its public witness and enter a larger national role. The Baptist Center for Ethics needs to step up its public witness and enter a larger national role. In shorthand, this means taking on the religious right more forcefully–critiquing its false religion and anointment of the GOP […] Read More