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Rob Sellers

Indonesia and the US are diverse countries, both undermined by nationalism. In the US, the insidious lies of Christian nationalists are that God only favors Christians and that those who are not must be converted or sent back home. […] Read More

Baptists should witness about their own spiritual journeys but must approach people of other faiths with humility, curiosity, kindness and respect. Cultivating these virtues and recalling these 3 factors will yield positive results. […] Read More

When relating to persons of other faiths, Christians can testify passionately about the path they have walked but should not disparage the path others have traveled. We should approach others with humility rather than arrogance. […] Read More

Many Baptists assume evangelism corresponds to proselytization yet don’t consider developing interfaith relationships as a priority. Christ, however, calls us to be faithful witnesses, not successful proselytizers. […] Read More

Seeking to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities, the Parliament of the World’s Religions will convene Nov. 1-7 in Toronto. […] Read More

Rob Sellers is emeritus professor of theology and missions at Logsdon Seminary and chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Pensacola, Florida, (until seventh grade) and Tampa (through high school graduation), where my dad was a Baptist pastor. What is your favorite verse, book or […] Read More

Sugar and spice, thunder and lightning, picnics and ants, ocean and waves, washers and dryers, children and laughter, Baptists and Muslims. If you were playing a categories game where you named pairs of items that naturally fit together, you most likely would not think of “Baptists and Muslims.” Yet, at the Green Lake Conference Center […] Read More

Many persons feel they “know” Baptists as a group because of the unkind words of a few Baptist individuals or denominations. Indeed, some very public Baptists have made statements highly offensive to persons of other faiths – and, perhaps surprisingly, disturbing and embarrassing for historic Baptists who remember their roots and denounce such judgmental, unkind […] Read More

On May 16, 1920, on the east steps of the capitol building in Washington, D.C., a historic speech was delivered to some 15,000 people, many of them Baptists. The speaker was George W. Truett, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. His speech was titled “Baptists and Religious Liberty.” “Baptists have one consistent record concerning […] Read More

We no longer need to travel internationally to encounter Muslims. In the United States, Muslims are living in our neighborhoods and working in our cities. Like our ancestors who emigrated from many lands, this growing population segment belongs among us, for they too are Americans. How should we Baptists relate to this Muslim minority? One […] Read More