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Lessons Learned

One of the things I realized last night after my post was how many great friends I’ve made while I was a member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I received so many private and public messages of encouragement and affirmation from people and mentors within the Fellowship as well as those in other traditions etc. Those were very welcome and appreciated. That post was difficult to write and the discernment process involved over the last …

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Being baptist (Lenten Reflection on 1 Peter 3:18-22)

There was a dream and one day I could see it; Like a bird in a cage I broke in And demanded that somebody free it And there was a kid with a head full of doubt; So I’ll scream ’til I die; And the last of those bad thoughts are finally out. I’m baptist. That’s a quirky self-identification these days. However, it’s one that is a core part of who I am. Along the …

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American Allegory and The Middle

If that’s what you took from it, you’re reading too much into it.” Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, ‘I remember my faults today. Once Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard. We dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own meaning. A young Hebrew was there with us, a …

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I’m 40 now and it took me all of my adult life to come to a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Supper because of my Baptist upbringing

Similar story to mine here… reflecting heavily as we prepare to enter Lent yet again: Having been raised in a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma, I never had learned to be sentimental about the Lord’s Supper; it was something we observed once a quarter on a Sunday night so that no one would confuse us with the Catholics and so that non-church members were less likely to be present. And thus, even as a pastor, …

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Changing Conceptions of Marriage and Church Marketing

Fascinating stats here for same-sex and different-sex marriages. To think of marriage as a trophy or celebration of what two people have accomplished in life that come together into a new stage directly flies in the face of so much of what churches of all stripes and sizes (but especially my beloved Baptist tradition) have supported: According to the Census Bureau, the median age at first marriage—the age at which half of all marriages occur—was …

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What is a High Church Baptist?

  I’m a Baptist. That’s not always an easy descriptor to assign to myself because I am…you might say…”high church.” A “high church baptist.” Weird, I know. What does high church mean to me? 1. High church is an adjective that, to me, helps differentiate my preference and personal theology of worship from “low church.” 2. Neither high church nor low church is preferable to God or general polity of denominations or congregations. One is …

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