You’re too smart to be a Baptist.”

—Wayne Flynt, historian and Baptist minister, quoting his friend novelist Harper Lee, whose eulogy he gave at her request at a private funeral in February at First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, Ala. (

What if the most significant thing you will ever do is a part of your future and not your history?”

—Barry Howard, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Fla.

Evangelicals are secular now. Over the last several decades they have devolved from theological guardians to political operatives.”

—Randall Balmer, professor of religion at Dartmouth College (LA Times)

There are no distinct second-person plural pronouns in modern standard English. ‘Ye’ once served that purpose; a good look at the King James Version of the Bible can give a sense of the usage.”

—Writer Vann R. Newkirk II making a case for “America Needs
Y’all” (The Atlantic)

For nearly 400 years Americans have been conflating the message of the Bible with the fate of the country.”

—Historian John Fea, writing for Christianity Today

For in truth, I never met with any person, of any color, who had more confidence in the voice of God, as spoken direct to her soul.”

—Quaker Thomas Garrett, once writing about abolitionist Harriet Tubman who will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill according to the U.S. Treasury Department (RNS)

Make sure both boys and girls are taught that consent is never negotiable. Kids often learn about sex from social interactions with peers and from pornography, neither of which is likely to teach about consent, so make sure you teach it.”

—Pastor Kyndall Rae Rothaus of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, urging churches to combat sexual violence and domestic abuse (Baptist News Global)

We are not going to be running on the field to issue citations. The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage those who are looked up to as role models to be role models.”

—Boston Police Lieut. Detective Michael McCarthy on the banning of all tobacco products at historic Fenway Park (Boston Globe)

It is unconditional love when I care about your happiness without expecting anything in return.”

—Pastor Bob Mulkey of New Covenant Baptist Church in Deland, Fla. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Music comes from God’s heart. It is a language of its own.”

—Beth Foster Long, honored for 50 years of service as organist at First Baptist Church of Ringgold, Ga. (Northwest Georgia News)

The stained glass collection is said to be the largest collection of English stained glass in the world, outside of Great Britain.”

—Executive Minister Dan Johnson of Atlanta’s Peachtree Christian Church that is featured in the movie Captain America: Civil War (

I realized that I could use the same technology that was being used to make cell phones and computers, the same devices that are driving people apart these days, to create something that will bring people closer together.”

—Israeli entrepreneur Ami Bentov who is using nanotechnology to put the entire Hebrew Bible on jewelry including lapel pins, necklaces and Stars of David (RNS)

Accepting excuses inevitably leads to an erosion of the values we aspire to live by. Hold yourself accountable. Hold your congregation to its responsibility to live its faith.”

—Psychologist Daniel Elash, a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches