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A Reflection on Remembering

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Twin Towers tomorrow, we take time to reflect on the enormity of that atrocity and the pain, suffering, and death that occurred then and since. I include an article from Brian Kaylor, Word & Way, as a worthy, reflective piece. Many thanks. In whatever […]

Christian Nationalism Panel

Panelists: Dr. Jennifer Garcia Bashaw, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry (Campbell University) [moderator] Rev. Dr. Preston Clegg, Pastor, Second Baptist Church – Little Rock, Arkansas Dr. Ryan Burge, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church – Mount Vernon, Illinois; Assistant Professor of Political Science (Eastern Illinois University) Rev. Dr. Brian Kaylor, Editor and President […]

Hurricane Ida

Dear friends and colleagues, So many of us know and are close to many who have experienced the effect of hurricane Ida, as it has unfolded in these recent days. Our own NABF President Samuel Tolbert and his family had just finished repairs to their home from the hurricanes of last year when Ida hit. […]

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Warnock, Progressive National Baptists Focus on Voting Rights During Annual Meeting

The Rev. Raphael Warnock addresses a virtual 60th annual gathering of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Video screengrab (RNS) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock urged the Progressive National Baptist Convention to keep fighting to protect voting rights as the historically Black denomination held its annual meeting. “If we don’t check what […]

The Young and Secular are Least Vaccinated, Not Evangelicals

(ANALYSIS) As the delta variant has caused COVID-19 to surge again in the United States, there’s been a flurry of attention paid to the share of Americans who have chosen to forgo the vaccine against the coronavirus. Trying to understand the causal factors that would lead to one not getting the inoculation seems to be the first task when […]

Messages from Hell

Written by Brian Kaylor, Word & Way Rev. Lucifer Satan of Woke Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, recently offered us his support. As did Dr. Right Rev. Nimrod Covid Vaccine of the Church of Satan in Hell. The state for the latter congregation wasn’t noted, but I’m assuming Kansas. Both “ministers” claimed email addresses […]

A Call to Take Responsibility

This has been such an overwhelming and tumultuous week, I have tried to find ways of expressing the overwhelming sadness and I have found in part with Ray Aldred of the Vancouver School of Theology. – Jeremy Bell, General Secretary of the NABF. As Canada grapples with the discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 children […]

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New Podcast: Dangerous Dogma

There are a lot of problematic ideas animating American Christianity today. The false hopes stirred by the prosperity gospel linger. White supremacist and patriarchal readings of scripture continue to deny the Image of God and equal humanity inherent in each person while contributing to the perpetuation of unjust social structures. The White Nationalism that helped […]

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Tulsa Pastors Honor ‘Holy Ground’ 100 Years After Massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When White attackers destroyed the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood 100 years ago this week, they bypassed the original sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of North Tulsa. By the church’s own account, the attackers thought the brick veneer structure was too fine for a Black-owned church. The mob destroyed at […]

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So, Why Am I a Christian?

I have a bias that causes me to gravitate towards smart Christians. When someone accomplished in business, science, or other areas of intellectual achievement professes faith in Jesus Christ, I take notice. There’s comfort in realizing someone with more mental horsepower than me believes what I do. “If they think this is all true,” I […]