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Rob Sellers

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

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship just finished their annual meeting. These are moderate Baptists that for the most part broke away from the Southern Baptist Convention after that entity surrendered to fundamentalism.   They met in Houston just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Attendees adopted a mission budget, worshipped and shared communion, sang some […] Read More

Ramadan, A Time For Change

Monday morning, Sept. 1, I left my hotel in Columbus, Ohio, before daybreak. The weekend at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America had been eventful and full. Not really expecting there to be anyone ”or any food ”in the breakfast room at such an early hour, I was amazed to enter […] Read More