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Roger Williams

Puritan theologian Roger Williams forcefully declared that Jesus should not be associated with our lust for forced conformity and reliance upon civil government. His writings may be messy and difficult, but they’re worth a read. […] Read More

The 370th anniversary of a battle you may never have heard took place on Friday, Sept. 20, which offered me a good excuse to write about a group you may never have heard of. There is some value in knowing about the First Battle of Newbury (fought on Sept. 20, 1643) and, especially, about the […] Read More

February 5, 1631. That is the date on which the Lyon, a British ship, “anchored safe amid great and dangerous ice floes in Boston harbor.” On board that ship (which had set sail from Bristol, England, on December 1) were Roger Williams and his wife, Mary. The words quoted in the above paragraph are from […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City Mo., on March 4, 2012. The Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Slip off your shoes and socks and roll your pants legs up and step gingerly into the gently flowing waters of the river of faith. We are people of faith […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the first part in a series in which Bruce Prescott, executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, examines the future of Baptist identity. At the CBF General Assembly last July, Bill Leonard, dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, said: “If Baptist identity is to be carried beyond mid-century, it […] Read More

Williams told us forcefully that the Prince of Peace should not be associated with our lust for forced conformity and reliance upon the civil government. The church has been given sufficient means to discipline itself, and to persuade others of the truth of the gospel. The reading didn’t stop me from pursuing a career as […] Read More

Social justice is not the first thing most Americans associate with Baptist churches. Even among Baptists the connection is not a strong one. Yet, Baptists have consistently struggled for a more just society. Baptist progenitor Roger Williams advocated for Native Americans. Baptist theologian Walter Rauschenbusch struggled for the “social gospel.” Martin Luther King Jr. and […] Read More