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Rules of the race

In the few weeks surrounding the Kentucky Derby, when national attention turns ever-so-briefly to horse racing and wearing pretentious hats becomes cool, it’s good to know that some ancient sponsors of the sport were actually good sports. Horse racing was so...

Of mountains and molehills …

An eclectic team of scholars from Tel Aviv University recently published research indicating that some Israelite military personnel serving around 600 BCE knew how to read and write. Two Southern Baptist seminary professors contacted by Baptist Press seized on the...

Of prophets, and fools

Prophetic words are needed, but not always welcome, especially when the prophets are among us, or when their words hit too close to home. It was Jesus who said “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown” (Luke 4:24, compare Mark 6:4 and...

Underlooking …

A weekend in the mountains is almost always good for the soul, especially when one is healthy enough — and the weather is nice enough — for hiking random trails, especially those that aren’t so well known. While mountain trails often open up to...

Ups and downs in Raleigh

March 18 was a happy day in Raleigh, as about 900 smiling North Carolina Cooperative Baptists gathered for a full day of worship, learning, business, and joyful fellowship at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Participants had more than 60 workshops on a variety of topics...

A formidable woman

Her material legacy is small — an oval-shaped semi-precious stone less than an inch across, engraved with 12 ancient Hebrew letters — but it speaks volumes. It speaks so loudly because the 12 letters — written backwards so they would make a positive...

BWA seeking harmony

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Both good news and troublesome tensions were in the air as members of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Executive Committee gathered for their annual spring meeting in Falls Church March 6-9. In his annual report to the committee, General Secretary...

Nothing like a little controversy …

As the Republican presidential campaigns descend to ever-greater depths of schoolyard scrapping, I can’t help but recall some of the uglier spots in the devolution of the Southern Baptist Convention, when angry voices from the far right rose up to drown out and...

To kiss, or not to kiss …

SAPIENS, an online journal of anthropology, marked the season of valentines with an article noting that less than half of the world’s cultures practice romantic kissing. The rest think it’s gross. “The Half the World That Doesn’t Make...