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A Prayer for Ferguson

by Michael Ruffin

O God, We don’t have to tell you that the city of Ferguson, Missouri is coming apart at the seams. Please give the people there peace with justice and justice with peace.

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Why I am a Baptist: A Way of Doing Church (Part 2) – Daniel Vestal

by Baptist Deacon Network

Being a Baptist is also a way of doing church, that is, a way of functioning in a community of faith and living in relationship with other Christians. For Baptists, a congregation is a people gathered voluntarily and willingly.

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Like a Good Neighbor

by Ronnie McBrayer

A man was going from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky, when along the way he had a flat tire. Stranded on the side of the road, he was robbed, his car was stripped, he was shot, and left for dead.

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Thrive: The Generous One – Valerie Burton

by Baptist Women in Ministry

Living with children has turned me into a champion negotiator. They will bargain with me as long as I will let them. It has been assumed from the earliest practices of religion that humans could bargain with the gods to get what they want.

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Formations 08.24.2014: Church Discipline

by Darrell Pursiful

The topic of “church discipline” can be tricky because many readers know of (or have experienced) frivolous, judgmental, and mean-spirited attempts to secure the “purity” of the church. There is no point in pretending that we don’t bring this baggage to our study of this text.

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Uniform 08.24.2014: Afflictions, Hardships, and Calamities

by Bonnie Chappell

This has been a difficult few weeks in the news. This week, we might read Paul’s words to the Corinthians who face “afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger” (6:4-5) more as a summary of contemporary news than as a list of Christian trials.

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