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You may have heard about the young man, a valedictorian in Liberty, SC. I've been following the story somewhat closely, because it's close to home in more than one way. More abstractly, issues of church and state have always caught my attention. But more concretely, it took place in a county that borders my own home county. It happened in my "neck of the woods."
Essentially, the Pickens County School Board, touchy over religion in public places as a result of a few lawsuits that the…Continue
I'm posting this on Election Day, because it just occurred to me now. I'm also writing today as the only thing I can write as, sometimes: as a Christian. I hope that those of other faiths can find something in my words, but today, I am musing within my own tradition. Feel free to share how you might consider the same in the comments.
I saw the following video today, discovered through…Continue
I am a Baptist, through and through. I feel it closely in my identity, and know the stories well. I can recite to you Walter Shurden's work on historical Baptist distinctives. I love the story of Thomas Helwys, who founded the first Baptist church in England and died in Newgate prison for the sin of writing to King James I that the king "The King is a mortal man, and not God,…Continue
Here in the middle of the political season, I'm feeling the energy rise all around me. The political conventions turned up the heat. The debates are ongoing, and the media narratives surround us. Two parties are at each other's throats, and I'm getting calls and e-mails every day asking me to support my favored candidate. The nature of that support is three-fold. First, I'm asked to volunteer for the victory of my candidate, calling swing states or going door to door in Indiana. Second, I'm…Continue