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May-June 2020 Issue

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Digital subscribers may scroll to the bottom of this post to access the current Teaching Resources password. Published bimonthly (in print or digital access), Nurturing Faith Journal is an autonomous, national journal offering thoughtful analysis, inspiring features...

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The wonderful discovery of good faith

The wonderful discovery of good faith

The little white church where I was baptized had blood red carpet. At five years old, I was scared of water splashing in my face, so our pastor let me take a practice swim on the Saturday night before my baptism. On Sunday morning we sang, “I’m so glad I’m a part of...

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Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

“The evangelical world needs leaders who embody holiness, not hubris; who grow disciples, not groom sycophants; who see themselves as naked before Christ, not robed in the prestige of their platforms; who know that when success becomes an idol that bullying becomes a...

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Our timidity enables the enablers

Our timidity enables the enablers

Echoes resound from our childhood: “Be nice!” Above all else, be nice. Reinforced by every teacher, both the Sunday and weekday versions, along with relatives aplenty, we have been shaped into believing that upsetting the applecart — or causing a scene — is the worst...

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FRANCIS OF ASSISI: My unlikely friend

FRANCIS OF ASSISI: My unlikely friend

What is a Baptist pastor in Arkansas doing cultivating a deep interest in a 12th/13th century Catholic saint? What could Assisi possibly have to do with North Little Rock? These are fair questions. I ask them myself. Even so, I not only defend my admiration for...

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Facing the pandemic of racism

Facing the pandemic of racism

The World Health Organization (WHO) categorizes a pandemic as “when a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity. Viruses that have caused past pandemics typically originated from animal influenza viruses.” Of...

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A pastoral story of retirement transition

A pastoral story of retirement transition

A group of pastors asked me to share how church leadership and I handled the transition sparked by my retirement as pastor. Here’s how I told it: We started long before the retirement was on anyone’s agenda by implementing a new church governance system. Key lay and...

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THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Good news for all people

THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Good news for all people

One of the most basic elements of Christian witness is the notion that the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all people. This fundamental idea is at the core of the proclamation of the gospel in Luke 2:8-11 (NRSV): In that region there were shepherds living in...

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Freedom in the fence, love in the limits

Freedom in the fence, love in the limits

“Move back guys. A car is coming!” I hollered from my perch on the front steps, when the kids ventured closer to the road, past our fence, to look at something incredible. A special rock, an interesting stick, a muddy patch where the grass doesn’t grow — you get the...

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REMEMBRANCE

REMEMBRANCE

Paul Montacute, global ‘Good Samaritan,’ 1946–2020 Paul Montacute, director of Baptist World Aid from 1993 to 2014, died Feb. 20. Originally from Great Britain, he was one of the key organizers of the Baptist World Alliance Youth Conference in Scotland in 1988. He...

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DIGGIN’ IT: The temple beneath the bridge

DIGGIN’ IT: The temple beneath the bridge

Beneath a wide bridge on the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, just past a huge subdivision called Mevaseret Zion and less than four miles northwest of the Old City, one can find the remains of an ancient temple that may have been used to worship both Yahweh and...

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Questions Christians ask scientists

Questions Christians ask scientists

Some people in the Old Testament lived to be hundreds of years old, but people have never lived that long. Were the years shorter? — Rebecca Tinsley Anderson, S.C. We all know about the birth of Adam; he was made by God “from the dust of the ground” (Gen. 2:7). But we...

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