They knit, they crochet, they sew. And in so-doing, they are bringing healing, hope and comfort to those who grieve and those who are sick. They bring peace to those who are lonely or afraid. Their prayers are in their handiwork.
“Extending protections” is not about understanding the transgender person. I cannot claim that understanding – just as I do not understand being a woman, or being poor, or being black. That lack of understanding, though, does not lead me to assume the right to discriminate. And those protections do not depend on my approval or agreement with your life choices – my personal approval, my party’s approval, my church’s approval – because our nation declared independence for ALL.
Marcus Borg gave Christianity back to many who thought they had to desert it.
It is hard to discount the Church’s beneficial influence in teaching community values and moral character and promoting compassion and understanding.
The recent controversy at Duke University amounts to idolatry of brick and mortar and is just more fuel for anti-religionists’ fire. Why Franklin Graham is wrong on Muslim prayer.
Generosity of spirit can be expressed in many ways. A recipe for chocolate cake is one delicious example. Russ Dean remembers great recipes from his childhood and shares one from Faye Curtis.
Death is one thing we all have in common. All of us. The birds, the bees, the flowers, the trees, the Neanderthals – you and me – we all die. There is no question about it. And yet, people are reluctant to talk about death – especially their own.
By Russ Dean
Pastor Russ Dean responds to a critic of marriage equality and Park Road's support for overturning the ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina.
A commentary on war by Pastor Russ Dean of Park Road Baptist Church.