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March-April 2019 Issue

ON STAGE

Austin’s Trinity Street Players bring people, purposes together AUSTIN, Texas — A decade ago Ann Pittman Zárate saw something otherwise unseen on the rarely visited fourth floor of the First Baptist Church here in the Lone Star State’s capital city. It wasn’t a ghost. Rather the nondescript storage space, she thought, would make a perfect […]

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Worth Repeating

“Admitting any error does not fall easily from the lips of religious folk — ironically, the very people who want others to confess their sins and turn from their wicked ways.” Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas (Baptist News Global) “While racism is certainly seen in hateful actions and words, it […]

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Conviction and compassion:a balancing act

It has been rightly said that silence is golden, but it can also be yellow. There are appropriate times to keep quiet and appropriate times to make a little noise. It can be tricky to find the right balance when seeking harmony while not ignoring injustice. However, life is a balancing act. Setting up camp […]

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Remembering Jimmy Allen

Jimmy R. Allen, a Texan who landed well in Georgia, died on Jan. 8 at his home on St. Simons Island at age 91. Earlier he was the influential minister at the interdenominational chapel in the mountain village of Big Canoe, Ga. While intentionally ecumenical, by every definition he was a Baptist statesman. While serving […]

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On and On

Pat Terry’s new CD offers upbeat reflections on life’s challenges and joys Singer/songwriter Pat Terry likes life — here and now. He doesn’t get lost in the escapism some attribute to a firm faith. And he’s not afraid to say so. “I don’t want to die; I want to go on; Like the river’s song; […]

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#churchtoo

It’s time for Christian communities to talk about sexual harassment, abuse In 2006 a young black woman named Tarana Burke coined the phrase “Me Too” as a way to help women who had survived sexual violence. Fast-forward 11 years. The phrase is no longer a slogan; it became a movement. HASHTAG The last few months […]

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DIGGIN’ IT: A year of discoveries

Recently Christianity Today released a list of “Top Ten” archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. For example, on the first day of 2018 Israeli archaeologists excavating a large house later demolished and covered by an ancient Roman street near the […]

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“Being church in changing times”

When a God-sized dream comes true This column is provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Wake Forest Baptist Church celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2013 and was continuing to experience significant growth in membership. Sunday school classes were meeting behind partitions, in glorified closets, in two nearby seminary buildings — anywhere […]

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THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Jesus the Way

In the Gospel of John (14:6), Jesus famously says that he is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” In the history of the Christian tradition this has often been interpreted to mean that those who would be in right relationship with God must believe this about Jesus. I’d like to suggest that while […]

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REBLOG: Keep pressing on

Early in a new year we seek to keep those resolutions we wrote down weeks ago. You know, the ones where we resolved to lose some weight, exercise rigorously and cut out sweets. Or perhaps we aspire to have a more organized home, cut back on spending or eat more organic foods. While there’s certainly […]

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W.C. Fields remembered for firm commitment to a free religious press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wilmer C. Fields, who died Dec. 2 at age 96, led Baptist Press, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention, before retiring in 1987. During his tenure the network of journalists he developed provided a trusted source of news to denominational and secular publications. “We have to be honest, transparent, trustworthy,” […]

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CLASSIFIEDS

Minister to Students: First Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C., is seeking an individual to provide leadership for ministry to/with students. Applicants should have experience leading student ministry for grades 6-12 in a congregational setting and also enjoy working relationally with youth. The strongest applicants will also have some combination of the following: undergraduate/graduate education in ministry […]

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Higher calling

Lessons from the past, a gospel for the future Underneath the motto “With God as our Defender” and “invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God,” a white Christian utopia “authorized by the Bible and by the God of the Bible” emerges from a whirlwind of human rights controversy. Condemning human equality as “the final […]

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Being church

Thoughts about traditions, trends and changing times In this new series, Nurturing Faith Editor John Pierce raises questions with a variety of leaders about the future of congregational life. This first entry features responses from Eddie Hammett, church and leadership coach for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina and president of Transforming Solutions, LLC. […]

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RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933–1945)

PART ONE This is part one of the 32nd article in a series by historian Bruce Gourley, online editor and contributing writer for Nurturing Faith Journal, on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. Deep in the darkness of record unemployment, numbing hunger, relentless despair, raw fear and boiling anger, hope all but evaporated in the […]

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View from the underside

Bonhoeffer’s perspective needed to address injustices today Dietrich Bonhoeffer had all of the promise of distinguishing himself as one of the world’s great theologians — completing his doctorate at the University of Berlin at age 21. He also possessed the advantage of being a member of one of Germany’s noted families. His father, Karl, was […]

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The Letter: An Easter story

Dear Matthew: It is a special treat for a grandfather to get a letter from his grandson. I wish we lived closer together so I could talk to you more often.You said your Sunday school class is gathering stories about Easter. Your grandmother probably told you that I have one, about my time in the […]

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Life & Death

Varied, evolving ideas shape beliefs about eternal destiny There is no way to determine all the beliefs about life and death by every human who has ever lived. We can, however, review many of the thoughts people have expressed or may have had. BREATH When ancient people considered life and death, a main idea was […]

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Time to hold the line on physician-assisted suicide

The American Medical Association’s official opposition to physician-assisted suicide is admirable and clear: “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.” The AMA currently insists, in other words, that health care providers focus on killing the pain, not the […]

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REBLOG: On growing up

Recently, over dinner with friends since childhood, one of them asked reflectively: “When we were growing up could you have imagined your life turning out as it did?” “No,” I said. That seems to be one of many amazing things about life. We don’t simply chart a course in our youth and then mindlessly follow […]

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Questions Christians ask scientists

What do you think about global warming? —HELEN ADAMS, tucker, ga When thinking about global warming, I think about two planets — Mars and Venus — and two books of the Bible — Genesis and Matthew. Let me explain. With the exception of our own dear Earth, Mars has, over the last half century, been […]

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Giving voice

Shaping and sharing perspectives on faithful living in challenging times is a privilege and responsibility afforded to the editors and writers of this publication by those who support the ministry of Nurturing Faith. For that I am very grateful. Nurturing Faith — more broadly than my voice — provides a needed platform, both digitally and […]

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Telling stories

A conversation with author Clyde Edgerton Author Clyde Edgerton is a North Carolina treasure. Two of his 12 books have been adapted to film. In 1997 he received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian award bestowed by the state. Edgerton teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and attends […]

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